productivity comments edit

I recently heard about it. A quick Google search explains it as “a Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement of working practices, personal efficiency, etc.”

Since I have a brand new Kindle Unlimited subscription I wanted to take advantage of it and found 2 (very short) books on Kaizen

  1. Kaizen: The Art of Continuous Life Improvement - How to Create a Lasting Change One Step at a Time

    This short book (42 pages) doesn’t really say much about the Kaizen philosophy other than the title: “One Step at a Time”. The whole message of the books is “start small and go with small increments and over time they will amass to something”

  2. Kaizen: How To Master Continuous Improvement And Transform Your Life One Step At A Time (Mindset, Kaizen, Continuous Improvement, Self Discipline)

    This one is also very short (51 pages). The summary of this is similar to the first one: Keep on adding and small increments will wind up producing good results. It also talks a great deal about SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-based. Although I agree with the importance of SMART goals it’s nothing new.

So my initial research on Kaizen says that even though it sounds good and makes sense it doesn’t provide me anything I didn’t know so far. But this is just based on these two booklets. I’ll post more when I learn more about it.

book, non-tech comments edit

I have a long commute and after a few experiments (such as using my Surface Pro to write C# code, trying to learn F# on my phone using an iOS app called Continuous etc) I found out the easiest way to make use of the lost time is reading ebooks on my Kindle. Hence I started Kindle Unlimited membership a few days ago. So far my opinion is that the quality of the books suck! All I could find are small “booklets” with around 50 pages that nobody cares about. But I’ll keep using it for a while and will make a decision on quitting it later.

Another problem is you cannot simply search the title eligible to Kindle Unlimited on Amazon’s website. You can search the Kindle Store which contains all ebooks. But I found a neat trick to search Kindle Unlimited only: On the Kindle device itself there is store button which you can search. Then you can refine the search by some criteria one of which is Kindle Unlimited:

This way I can filter by Kindle Unlimited and add to my bookshelf straight from the device.

general, site-news comments edit

I have a blog here which I’d like to post more often but I don’t want to clutter it with lots of short and random posts. This site is meant to be my daily notes on anything I learned on that day.

Writing it down gives me a sense of closure so that at the end of the day I can say “Well, at least I learned this today.”

It’s also a good reference I can check back later. I’m hoping some of the notes here will become ful-sized blog posts as I research on the subject more.

The goal is to be able publish something everyday, no matter how small. Doesn’t need to be a ground-breaking discovery, just a small step at a time.

Let the experiment begin!