Last week, we had our first Project Community class. We were all little overwhelmed about all the information and tasks to come. But I tried to follow up with the words “don’t worry” in my head and just doing what I was supposed to do. Naturally, the main needs will show up and this way I can focus on a real solution. That is what I was thinking.
Now, in the second week of work within this project, I still think being calm and patient is the key. But I see there are some aspects to worry about. The outcome of a team work is all about its organization and method. Even the greatest ideas will fall if you cannot structure them in an effective way. In the beggining, we try to understand what our actions should be by thinking of the desired result, but that will only come if the work is well done. Trying to bring some organization and guidelines to the team is definitely something all integrants need to consider.
As we started working and planning our meetings and actions, I really thought Google Drive would help us. Ever since I’ve first known this tool, 2 or 3 years ago, I knew this was “for life”. I just love that you can see the log of a document, how it used to be, what you’ve changed…It helped me so much to write my essay for the World Citizen Scholarship. Anyway, I just had to tell my team about it. And they like the tool, too. It even has an app which works super fine. I am sure it is gonna help us a lot.
I don’t know if I’m so good at technology knowledge. What I can say is that I use a lot of tools and frequently. Anywhere I can find something interesting, I set up an account and try to explore it the best way. Sometimes I share some Facebook posts using the “Only Me” option, which I think is a good idea. It just happens that I follow a lot of interesting pages and maybe it is not that relevant to my social circles, so by sharing with only myself I save it and do not bother anyone. It can be a little tricky though, because you may use this for “reading later” and then forget about the link forever, but if it really interests you, then you will remember. I also use other creative networks like Pinterest, We♥It and..tumblr (a lot). I’ve got like more than 5 different blogs on my account and I use hashtags on the posts then create different pages to visualize a subject. You can do it by providing a link to “yourtumblr.com/tagged/hashtag” at the home page and then the posts are filtered. I really enjoy it. I’ve been studying design for 5 years and all the while tumblr helped me visualize references and all kinds of creative sources.
Ok, so maybe I can get organized online and it could improve my team organization. But for what I can see there are other people just as organized working in my group. Then it makes me think that my expertise could be helpful to the other teams. As it is all stored on Google Drive, we just need to “Share” and by seeing what we did, the way we did, some other teams could come up with even better ideas. I love this kind of possibilities. That is why I am always connected.
I guess it all reflects my digital identity. I am not so good when it comes to “advertise” myself and that is something I could learn with other people. But I can control what people see and the way they see my information. I try to be as much aware as I can most of time, and I think it works. I’ve never had any kind of problem with the information I have provided about me and my activities. But I do recognize that, even with all its possibilities and enchaintment, the internet could be a problem. People may think they have all figured out, but one should always be careful with:
- Personal data
- Information and its volume
If you fail to manage this kind of aspect, being online is more a waste then “working” or “playing”.
But I still think that the whole course and challenge are to good to become only “worries”. I am enjoying this a lot and hope we can all work for the best. When you start worrying about something, you may think the solution “above you” and this surely is not the case. We are all going to be great at it - Solving Problems and Technology Knowledge. We just need to work and enjoy it. And be careful to identify a solution whenever it is right in front of us. I guess this is the best part of deciding not to “worry”. Things come naturally for those who are seeking for them.
See you next week