As a technology company, Gradwell is fascinated by the digital world and how telecommunications have progressed since the development and adoption of computers. Experts argue that the very first digital communication goes as far back as the telegraph system at least a century before the internet we all know and love. It’s also fairly obvious that computer science has rapidly developed internet technology since the first packet-switching papers in the 1960s, but we could be here all day talking about that period in history. The core of what drives it all goes as far back as 1679 when historians suggest Gottfried Leibniz identified the binary number system, which is the basis for binary code. And we all know the base of computer data is binary (well, there are some translators and other bits involved).
So, it is all maths, measurements and calculations. We’re not telling you anything you didn’t learn in school; however, the thought did prompt us to think about maths in general. Maths wasn’t always the most interesting lesson at school for some of us. Plenty of daydreams were enjoyed whilst the teacher scribbled various equations on the board, stating that, ‘One day these will come in handy’. Did we believe that phrase? Most of us never gave it a second thought. However, whether you were a fan at school or not, maths is all around us, in every decision we make, in every action that we do.
When you get up in the morning the first thing you do is look at the time on your phone, see numbers that help you then calculate how long you have to shower, get dressed and swallow some breakfast before you leave the house in time to get to work. It’s not only time we think about but measuring temperature too – we open the curtains to check the weather (sun might equate to a short-sleeved shirt in the office, whereas ice could add another five minutes to your journey) and hopping into a cool shower rather than waiting the extra minute for it to heat up gives you that tiny little lie-in in the morning.
On your journey to work you might be stuck in slow traffic and watch the clock as the minutes tick by whilst you get later and later. You’re also mentally calculating the driving distance to work, navigating spatial decisions between cars and of course, if you’d calculated your journey just a bit differently you might already be sitting at your desk, hands clasped around that perfectly measured and steaming cup of coffee. It’s all down to the numbers with a bit of learned behaviour thrown in the mix.
Fast forward to mid-morning and you’re ticking tasks off of your daily to do list. Prioritising your work is often done so based upon the importance of the task, but mentally it’s a 1, 2, 3 and 4 process to get there. ‘This one will only take me five minutes so I’ll finish that off before I nip to the kitchen to get another glass of water.’ Or ‘well, I’ve got a meeting in an hour so if I really focus between now and then I can get two reports done and dusted if I keep an eye on the time.’ Measuring time is so basic that we don’t even know we’re doing it.
That mid-morning meeting has arrived and no doubt there is at least one mention of an update on performance metrics and you’ll have to show more numbers to identify how things are going in your team.
Lunch has finally arrived and what do you do? Weigh up situations and options based on numbers – a five minute, 1 mile distance walk to the local convenience store might save you counting extra money and give you longer to relax on your break but it will result in a soggy sandwich and stale crisps. On the flip side, approach your sixty minute allotted break a little differently and you might find yourself enjoying a longer distance stroll to a cosy nearby pub, then measuring how many people are there to decide if you can tuck into a tasty pie and chips with your colleagues. Then again, the second option will set you back probably triple what the soggy sandwich costs. Again – it’s all about equations!
Your working day has come to an end so you’re out of the door and racing to your car to try and set off as quickly as possible to beat the traffic. Once you’re home there are more equations at home: measurements and recipes to follow for dinner, trying to squeeze in one more episode of your favourite TV show before bed and, last of all, calculating how much sleep you can get as you reset the alarm on your phone. Then it all starts again the next morning.
How is all of this relevant to what we do here at Gradwell? Without getting more philosophical about what it all means or discussing the mysteries of life, our daily routines consist of a series of equations – that’s the way we live our lives and it’s also the way we do our work. We rely on technology like phones, computers and the internet now but how did all of those things start? It’s simple: numbers, equations and calculations on a piece of paper (or old tablets…nothing like today’s digital notebooks) that grew, changed and evolved over the years to bring us the technological breakthroughs that now enhance our lives.
For more information about how Gradwell can help make your working day a little bit more stress free and efficient using modern technology for connectivity, visit our website at http://www.gradwell.com.