Don’t panic That’s the key stay focused…

Don’t panic…. That’s the key, stay focused. It’s not an easy skill to master; if you have it you can improve if you don’t have you’ll put yourself in trouble very soon.

What does it mine to me stay focused? Let’s drill down it and analyze a good strategy to put at work.

Let’s use a step by step approach:

In real life we have

Complex situations

What are they? They are situations where usually we have to take decisions in an environment with several variables and limited amount of time and resource. This sounds to me an optimization problem, meaning take the best choice you can in the limited time you have to think and try to pick a good one.

Simplifying we can visualize as:

 

Complex

situation

 

Variables

(known and unknown)

 

 

 

 Decision to take

 

 

 

Time

(limited ad going to  0)

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

(limited)

 

 

 

Ok now let’s see to several scenarios and let’s think a little bit

A] A lot of variables, we have a limited control of the system himself

 

 


Complex

situation

 

Variables

(known and unknown)

 

 

 

Decision to take

 

 

 

Time

(limited ad going to  0)

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

(limited)

 

 

 

How we can use properly time and resources against the loads of variables? We cannot check and consider all the variables because it would take to much time and the time is something limited so the strategy check ANY or A LOT of variables how they affect the Complex situation doesn’t work. Much better to use a greedy approach where to list the MOST effective variables from the N we have and focus on that… It sounds obvious yeah, but think your past experience, when you were in trouble, looking for a quick and good solution… what you did (sometime me too)? Probably you started looking any piece and bit, thinking considering and trying to balance and with everything… and at the end you finished to rush at the very end because the time was over…

So in real life you cannot control it, but you need to stay focused looking for the main variables affecting the problem and then look for an effective control on it… Stay focused in this case means only to catch the good enough to take a good decision in the time you have; otherwise you’ll do a lot of work for nothing good.

B] A lot of time to spend on …

 

 


Complex

situation

 

Variables

(known and unknown)

 

 

 

Decision to take

 

 

 

Time

(limited ad going to 0)

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

(limited)

 

 

 

In my opinion: the worst one… When you have loads of time, the worst happens; you spend loads of time trying to find the best solution, you check it, you test it, and you know what it ill happened that a small variable we’ll change and your optimal solution is gone… Think when you write a program and at the very end that small piece of requirement is changed or maybe the customer changes idea… so my advice limit you time and allocate it properly, don’t be foolish to think you have all the time of the world… it’s not.

Last case C] is a bit wired


Complex

situation

 

Variables

(known and unknown)

 

 

 

Decision to take

 

 

 

Time

(limited ad going to  0)

 

 

 

 

 

Resources 

(limited)

 

 

 

It really depends on the resource itself and the way you can use them, I think the best strategy here is to try to match and look for any functional relation between variables and resourced, maybe a good resource (for example a skill or ability you may have) could limit or eliminate from the game a variable that can be cumbersome, this happens very often.

So don’t panic, make a list, do a call if something is not clear and look to the scenario you have.

Be focused and keep it..

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