Process Obsessive

Process Obsessive
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The title of the post is obscure, but after digging around in the online thesaurus, it’s the best I could come up with to explain what I thought this entry’s topic is.

The age of technology has made some, if not most or even all people shift gears from big-picture managing to micro managing. In some ways, I think it has softened our brains a little so that we don’t remember what we did last or what we should do next despite how it’s been pushing us to living for the moment. We have electronic tasks lists that many refer to hourly, or maybe as often as every fifteen minutes.

This era has made us trust less too. Children have cell phones these days. Sure, they love having the device, but the parents are using it to keep tabs on their children, making sure they never step out of line even when they’re not in sight. The children are not allowed to figure out anything on their own.

I don’t have children at home anymore so, obviously, I fall into the first group exclusively, although I do have the excuse of have short-term memory loss that explains my forgetfulness. The trust issue is one I’ve always had way before this time of PCs, laptops, tablets, and cell phones so it not of any consequence. My electronic reach doesn’t even get involved with this matter.

Now that APPs have come onto the scene, supposedly more information is at out fingertips. Instead of hooking onto the internet and doing a quick search, we are told to use one of the apps to find what we want. I resisted the apps since they first came out in spite of the fact that many of them were and are free to download.

However, this last weekend I paid more attention to the daily routine I has set for myself. I open up the browser to my chosen homepage, Bing.Com. I have an account with them through Microsoft so the local new and weather are just a click away from that page. After getting my fill of the local garbage, I click on a button sitting on the “Favorite bar” to head over to one of my email inboxes. In order to get to my second inbox, I have to click on another button located on the same bar.

All this is easy. Still, this last Saturday I asked myself why am I opening the browser when I can access some of this through apps I could place on the taskbar of my desktop. I’ve always been annoyed by the browser screen, itself anyway. No matter which browser I use, the top of my screen looks junky and cluttered. To put it simply, I’m trying all the free apps I think I can benefit from.

My slim unobstructive taskbar now has email for all in one, notepad, OneNote, internet, dictionary, and thesaurus sitting in a row waiting for me to open at will. Yes, I still need the internet so the link is there, but I’m not using it as often. That is the one and only app that I use at full screen now. All of the others are set up on the smaller version.

What I have found to be so miraculous about this change is the feeling of being overwhelmed has diminished noticeably. Having the desktop more visible has made such a difference. My need for space on the desk where my PC screen sits doesn’t look as messy and cramped. I still want to move the cable equipment to a shelf that I still need to construct, but once that’s done, my little work area will suit me fine.

All this time, in my attempts to simplify in order to be more productive, I’ve shied away from any more technology trying to do the Feng Shui approach. Having all these little icons at the bottom of my desktop might be thought of as a cluttering strewn concept. But the appearance isn’t bothering me at all.

Maybe this will arrest my obsession for a better flow of process at my work corner.

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Are you using apps?

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” Buddha

 

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9 Replies to “Process Obsessive”

  1. My 30-year-old daughter uses apps almost exclusively. She can’t understand why I go direct to the site. Apps give a different view of the site, maybe good or not. I love apps for conferences because they’re so much easier than the full site, but other things, not so much. I have a line-up of website on my browser toolbar–about 15 and more spilling off the end. that seems to work for me.

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    1. I wanted to try to use apps for local news and maps. I couldn’t find a local news app that got close enough to this dinky town. Even though I am using the Google map for my WiP, I’m not using the earth one. I just don’t like it at all. The app stores, both Microsoft’s and Google’s did away with the regular Google map app. Therefore, I’m stuck with the browser for those things. Uhmm… I wonder if there’s an app for the Bing search page.

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  2. Every once in a while I’ll make a tiny change in my house, moving a picture to a different wall, or swapping a kitchen shelf to hold other items. They are nearly always on the order of simplifying my life by making something more accessible or tidier or removing stuff I don’t need to be “out.” They are such small changes that no one but me notices. But I’m the one who counts, it’s the reason I made the change.

    I’m not tech proficient and often when someone suggests a new techie thing I could use, I think that I’m already accomplishing my goal, why add more stuff to do what I’m already doing successfully?

    My computer is a pencil – a big, electric pencil. And I like it this way.
    Do what works best for you, Glynis, because only you are going to accomplish your work.

    I love the broken egg art.

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    1. I would love to simplify my surrounding in this house. So many “things” would be at my mother-in-law’s garage sale she’s been conducting every year in May as long as we’ve been in the same town. The only knick-knack in the living room would be the one on the coffee table that holds several tea candles. I’d get rid of all three paintings hanging on the wall in there and find a rice-paper tapestry for the longest wall. However, my husband is retired military so didn’t keep anything for years because he was always moving. Now he’s a packrat. All of our closets and the shed in the backyard are filled with “things” he says he’ll “need” someday. And he goes on collecting too. If I didn’t insist that he get rid of some of it sometimes, he’d be a classic hoarder.

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      1. You’re right, I wrote about the stuff in my house, but I meant to use it as a symbol of the stuff that we find ourselves surrounded by until we feel we’re suffocating under stuff. (Gives news meaning to feeling stuffed, doesn’t it?) That can be computer apps, or techie devices, or multiple social media sites, or the crap in our garage, or the incessant thoughts-worries in our heads, or the visual presence of our blog. (I really like the way you re-worked your blog and intend to do something with mine. Your change has been my inspiration. )
        When we live with another person we must defer to their taste/desires as well as our own. Not always easy, but fair.

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        1. “(I really like the way you re-worked your blog and intend to do something with mine. Your change has been my inspiration. )”
          Sharon, I’d so astonished by your reaction. I didn’t think the changes I made were that significant. And I’m still playing around with the design a bit.

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  3. I use apps on my phone. However, I have downloaded so many different ones to try that I now have to go and purge all the ones that are making my phone look a messy jumble. Then I can’t find the app I was looking for. As far as the toolbar, I use them there. Make life easier.

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  4. Part of my job is to build apps for our employees. We built an app that basically was a book mark. It had several buttons that just take the person to the right web page. They love it! Rather than navigate through several pages once reaching the website, they go straight where they need to be and do what they have to do and then they are done. I love apps!

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