Tasmanian IT – “Take 5”

Tasmanian IT Blog   •   February 01, 2019

Each week, we will be posting a “Take 5” article to our website with tips, tricks, thoughts and actions we’ve come across during the week that we feel you may benefit from too.

It’s designed to be short and sharp that you can read in when you need to “Take 5”.  Here are the first 5:

1. Embracing Audio Books

Recently, our Managing Director Sam Brodribb has decided to make a small change to his routine that has provided some great benefits.  This change was to embrace the power of Audio Books.  Reviewing what a daily workflow looks like, there are many times where we cannot take the time to read a book, but we can listen.  From driving in the car, to walking into work, or going on a lunchtime run, this time has been filled with radio, music and especially over the past year, podcasts.  Noting there are a number of great books out there, recently Sam has dived into the world of Audio Books – and loving it.

The latest Audio Book is the 4-hour work week by Tim Ferriss.  Relax… Sam has no intention of cutting down to 4-hours work per week, however the author of the 4-hour work week is a wizard in reviewing how the worlds super successful are so productive.  While the 4-hour work week does focus heavily on how to develop and automate a company, it also contains many nuggets of gold that can be applied to work and life to improve efficiency that are worth checking out.

If you are not ready to dive head deep into an audio book – we recommend checking out Tim’s blog and podcast for small grabs of gold (https://tim.blog/podcast/).

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/4-hour-workweek-escape-9-5-live-anywhere-join-new-rich/id347734517

Link: https://www.audible.com.au/pd/The-4-Hour-Work-Week-Audiobook/B00FGIGJJM

2. Owning Task Management with Smartsheet.com

Introduced by a client of ours, this has been an incredibly valuable resource that we’ve adopted at Tasmanian IT.  From Task Lists, to schedule GANTT charts and KanBan boards – this service is simple, but very powerful for those willing to dive into the detail.  The product is constantly receiving development updates and has plenty of online support resources to get you going.

Link: www.Smartsheet.com

3. MyHR Australian Health Record Opt-Out period finished yesterday, what now?

It’s official, the period for opting out of the National Health Record (MyHR – formerly PCeHR) has now ended.  For those who have not pro-actively opted out, the Australian Digital Health Agency will now start the process of creating new online MyHR records for Australians.

The last day to opt out of having a My Health record was 31 January 2019. If you have now decided that you do not want a My Health Record, call My Health Record on 1800 723 471 and it can be cancelled. This means it will be permanently deleted.

Link: https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/for-you-your-family/howtos/record-creation

4. Online resources for tracking Tasmania’s Bush Fires

Our thoughts are with all those who are affected by the current Tasmanian Bush Fires.  We recommend anyone who is seeking updates on the Tasmanian Bush Fires to go directly to the Tasmanian Fire Service website.

Another website that our staff have found useful is the Australian Government “Sentinel Hotspots” website.  If using the Sentinel Hotspots website, please keep in mind that the Tasmanian Fire Service website is the official “source of truth”.

Link: https://www.fire.tas.gov.au/

Link: https://sentinel.ga.gov.au/#/

5. Quote of the week

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”  Bill Gates

Have a great weekend from the Tasmanian IT Team