Challenge of the Month (July) & Retroperspective โ€“ Learn basic InkScape


This month challenge is to develop some basic skills in ImageMagick. I have seen Sergej Shafarenka creating beautiful Android Mockups with it and I figure I should spend some time learning it. Lets see how this goes, so far I was a little bit proud of my missing drawing skills. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Last month challenge was a big success. I reduced my email to zero pending emails within the month. I focused on both ends, reducing new incoming email and getting ride of existing. Here is what I did to reduce incoming emails:

  1. De-registered from newsletters I never read.
  2. Tried to reduce sending out emails as this create a lot of “backtraffic”.
  3. Applied some spam protection to the Google Group. People have now to answer a simple question to join the group. Amazing how many fail answering.

To reduce the existing stack I went every day fishing for emails to solve. This included deleting outdated emails but mostly adjusting tutorials as I didn’t want to leave helpful feedback wasted. I learned that often it takes only a little bit more time to actually solve the issue rather then reading it briefly and deciding to do it later.

The other stack of email I had were “task emails” which I send to myself to remind me of something. I have converted them to tasks which I keep separate from my emails.

Having almost no open email feels good, I try to keep it this way. But trying to archive it every day feels a bit extreme. I will target to have no email longer then a week in the inbox.

Btw: A good video about email efficiency can be found here: Inbox Zero from Merlin Mann

[Update 04.07.2011] Ups, I mean to write InkScape instead of ImageMagick -> corrected.

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Lars Vogel is the founder and CEO of the vogella GmbH and works as Eclipse and Android consultant, trainer and book author. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, He is the primary author of With more than one million visitors per month this website is one of the central sources for Java, Eclipse and Android programming information.
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4 Responses to Challenge of the Month (July) & Retroperspective โ€“ Learn basic InkScape

  1. I hope you rather adde spam protection over production ;).

  2. Lars Vogel says:

    @Oliver: Thanks, corrected.

  3. jellboi says:

    Hey Lars, My comment is quite weird and not related to the post, but I just want to ask you, How you manage your time in doing all lot of stuff-Android, java, eclipse, GWT, web, Algorithms, …. and ofcourse blogging…

  4. Lars Vogel says:

    @jellboi ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I spent lot of time on this stuff.

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