Tips on Productivity from The Princess Bride

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When I was your age, television was called books. So far, I have not seen many television programs dedicated to productivity (without somehow involving outdoor sports). If you are having trouble getting organized or streamlining your production and your hair is at risk of being pulled out, you might want to pick up a book (or RSS feed) that offer some tips on being productive. Television will not help you.

You’ve got an overdeveloped sense of vengeance. It’s going to get you into trouble someday. Use criticism to your advantage, don’t get irate and begin firing off an angry email. It detracts from your focus on the goal of your project. If someone gives you or your work a bad review, don’t let it get to you. There’s no need to get stressed out. If you can, just fix the problems (time permitting). If that is not possible, just take the criticism, learn from it, and try not to duplicate the same results the next time.

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father prepare to die. If you have a small goal that is within your grasp, go after it. When you can achieve something in a negligible amount of time (small enough not to detract from more important tasks, but large enough to cause you to lose focus), just do it. If that stack of papers on the corner of your desk needs to be filed in the cabinet across the room, just get up and do it. It will help you clear your workspace and give you that ‘I just accomplished a task…yay me’ feeling.

The eel doesn’t get her. I’m explaining to to because you look nervous. If you and your coworkers are panicking, you will lose focus on the task at hand. Offer some words of encouragement. Happy employees/coworkers make the work easier to stomach. More can be accomplished if you can work together and remain calm.

You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles. Cutting corners is not always a good thing. Productivity and delivering a product are not the same thing. Quality work is important, so take the time to do things the right way. For example, if you are a manufacturer, and you put out a poorly engineered product in order to be ahead of the competition, your productivity suffers when you have to deal with all the returns and refunds involved with producing a rushed product.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Be clear with your instructions and comments. There’s no need to show off…just say what you mean in a simple, direct manner. Big words aren’t always the best way to communicate.

Look, I don’t mean to be rude but this is not as easy as it looks, so I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t distract me. Turn off the television, forward your calls, ignore your email, and don’t surf the net unless it is somehow going to immediately benefit you by helping you gather information needed for the task at hand. And stop with the text messaging while driving…someone will end up dead.

I’ve just sucked one year of your life away. I might one day go as high as five, but I really don’t know what that would do to you. So, let’s just start with what we have. Don’t get carried away with completing a task quickly. Take it slow and steady, and in the end you will be less stressed, and more productive.

Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I’ve got my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I’m swamped. Prioritize task based on importance, and don’t let unrelated tasks get in the way of taking care of business. Work first, play later.

But it’s so simple. All I have to do is divine from what I know of you: are you the sort of man who would put the poison into his own goblet or his enemy’s? Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me…Not remotely.Because iocane comes from Australia, as everyone knows, and Australia is entirely peopled with criminals, and criminals are used to having people not trust them, as you are not trusted by me, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you…Wait til I get going! Now, where was I?…Yes, Australia. And you must have suspected I would have known the powder’s origin, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me…You’d like to think that, wouldn’t you? You’ve beaten my giant, which means you’re exceptionally strong, so you could’ve put the poison in your own goblet, trusting on your strength to save you, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But, you’ve also bested my Spaniard, which means you must have studied, and in studying you must have learned that man is mortal, so you would have put the poison as far from yourself as possible, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me…IT HAS WORKED! YOU’VE GIVEN EVERYTHING AWAY! I KNOW WHERE THE POISON IS!…I will, and I choose – What in the world can that be? Keep it simple, stupid.

I just work for Vizzini to pay the bills. There’s not a lot of money in revenge. If you can’t reach your goals on the path you are running down, change gears. There’s no use trying to make progress if your methods are flawed.

This is a new widget hitting the internet claiming to make money, I have seen it everywhere today but there are a few reasons i wont join.

My main reasons are site design. Yes I wont join a affiliate because of site design.

Site design says a lot about a site and their site is the same structure as those paypal products people try and sell you but its really just junk. You know those sites that you have to scroll till you finger hurts and the mousewheel becomes like melting rubber? Well that is site. The widget itself also does not seem to offer that much BUT i have not tried it out. So maybe it would be useful for someone else.

Stellenbosch, dark photo

I tried getting a photo of Something without lights, how it would of looked a few 100 years ago, it does not seem that it worked but I’d thought I share it anyway. Driving around in Stellenbosch 3am on Saturday can be great fun. No really.


Club in Stellenbosch

This photo did not actually come out right but it still looks cool. Friday night the entire stellenbosch was packed. We went to Mcdonalds in Stellenbosch at around 2:30am and you could barely drive anywhere. Nightlife in Stellenbosch nowdays is better than Cape Town a few years ago. I mean, when it comes to something happening or somewhere to go Stellenbosch is becoming more inviting than Cape Town


Trying out the new Kubuntu

The new Kubuntu is out, not the official version but I think its alpha. Still, its great. I am a big fan of Gnome but I thought why not give KDE a try. I have’nt really worked on KDE since pclinuxos 0.92

Browsing around and opening programs are really fast. It might just be my imagination but its open and click. Now waiting.

The design and the theme almost reminds me of PClinuxos, my other favourite linux distro. Something that is new to me is the Adept Installer. I think its great as well. I quickly went to it and found firefox 3. So I am writing this while I am installing Firefox 3. I was also suprised to see that you can install Firefox 3 with Adblock firefox extension.

The background seems a bit overwhelming but i as I am typing this i am getting used to it. Kubuntu is brilliant. Same as the normal Ubuntu.

Just a quick post.

Are you kidding me?

Scientists can move a atom, people have walked the moon, they have invented artificial organs. Just think of a hard drive, the details of it. Think of computers and how they are made. My point is look how far humans have come and what they have invented. Just name it and someone has a idea. Now do you want to tell me in 6000years of human existance that someone could not made a car that can drive without petrol or animal driven? I dont think so.

This guy is suing the government..

This is brilliant this guy is suing the government because he was shot and believes someone should be held responsible. Here is the original article :,,2-7-1442_2275833,00.html I support this because our police force is a joke they have too many responsibilities and do not train their personnel correctly.

Strand beach, Full of people this weekend.

Sometimes you think because February is the last month of summer it would be less full on beaches and the summer feeling or whatever you call it might be gone. But not here. Strand beach was full of people. Strange enough even somerset west’s traffic was stuck but that was because of celine dion playing at Vergelegen.


Driving with your phone should be legal

In many countries driving with your phone is illegal. Now i think that is pretty crazy.

Here is why.

Lets say you drive and you have your phone in your hand and 50% of your brain is focussing on where you are driving. That means there is 50% consentration on the road which is not that bad considering you are a busy person. That also means you have the rest of your consentration to go on chatting.


Lets say you drive and you have your phone in your hand, but this time it’s illegal to drive and phone at the same time. So you have to split your consentration three ways. You have to focus on not getting caught which drives up your nervousness increasing your chances of doing something wrong, you have to then split the other 50% in TWO parts one of driving and one for using the phone.


Lets see which one is more dangerous.

Having two places to consentrate? Or three?

I thought so.