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5 Research-Backed Productivity Strategies for People with ADHD
I’ve had to get shit done despite having ADHD for my entire life. It’s been a persistent struggle that’s led to lousy grades and poor job performance. Ironically, I now teach workshops about building a more attentive workforce for companies that would never hire me as an employee. via Pocket
pocket  adhd  productivity 
58 minutes ago by jburkunk
Walling - Visual Walls to Organize Ideas & Projects
Hot new product on Product Hunt: Walling for Windows — Visual walls for your ideas and projects. Now on Windows.
Product  Hunt  Windows  Productivity  Task  Management  Writing  Tools  Note  SaaS 
2 hours ago by Soc201
Dustin Curtis: When to Stop
For a couple of years, I have been paralyzed. When I sit down to write, nothing comes out. When I start to design, I stare at a blank canvas. My ability to create things does not meet my own ridiculously high standards of quality, so I get stuck in an endless loop of making decent things, throwing them away, and then starting over from scratch. I’ve been floating around in despair, a creativity limbo, which has nearly destroyed me. I stopped working.


The truth is that perfection is impossible and “good enough” is good enough. Logically, I know this. But as a designer, this task is insurmountably difficult. It feels like defeat. Accepting good enough instead of absolutely amazing is a tacit admission that I am not good enough to create things that meet the same level of quality that I demand from others when I evaluate creative work. My taste exceeds my own ability.

It’s interesting that the source of my internal battle lies buried in something as innocuous as “taste”. For most people, taste is just the basis of opinion. It describes the point at which something flips from being “not good enough” to “ok, decent”. But for creative people, it’s something different. Taste is everything. It is what drives us. It is the definition of success, the ceiling of what is possible, and the source of everlasting internal frustration. Being creative is a battle fought over the slow conversion of a mere idea into something tangible that you think is great. The question is: When do you stop the conversion process?

I don’t know.
style_living  arts_culture  productivity 
yesterday by wolf - A collection of power tools for the Linux/Unix/macOS command line -
The standard Unix tools have lasted us for decades. Every programmer should know them, but there are plenty of tools that add on to the standard tools. For example, grep works fine for finding text, but tools like ack and ripgrep are designed for today’s modern programmer working with large trees of heterogeneous source code.
linux  cli  tools  performance  productivity  links  resources 
yesterday by archangel
I don’t have time for that - My Sweet Dumb Brain
So, what will it take for me to write a book? First, I need to make up my mind that it’s a thing I’m definitely going to do—despite my fears and perfectionist tendencies. Next, I have to set up a system to work towards that goal—identifying how many words I’ll write each day, when I will write them, and what I will shift in order to write. And finally, I must make it a priority—accepting that other things in life may take lesser importance. There’s a chance that, for me, writing 1,000 words a day might mean getting fewer steps in. That’s a trade-off I’m willing to make.

Ultimately, I could write a book that never gets published. I could write a book that isn’t very good. I could write a book that sells an embarrassing amount of copies. Still, I would have written a book. Most importantly, I would have stopped making excuses out of fear.
daily-schedule  productivity  life-advice  success  start-now  start-small  habits 
yesterday by lwhlihu
A curated library of productivity hacks. Uncover the hidden 1% in every tool you use. This will compound and be your new superpowers.
productivity  hacks  workflow 
yesterday by exon
Sönke Ahrens's answer to What is the best way to take notes? - Quora
Brief overview of the slipnote method of Notetaking by author of English book on same subject.

1. Standardize. Keep everything in one place in one format, give each note a distinct number (see below), and connect related notes. Luhmann wrote all his notes on single-sided DIN A6 paper. You can use digital tools[2], but keep in mind that technical restrictions can actually increase creativity.

2. Elaborate. Now, before you write the permanent note, think about how a new idea contributes, challenges or alters something you have written down before by looking through your Zettelkasten for related notes. Write down the outcome of this thinking process as clearly and precisely as possible on a new note. Just by making this a daily routine, you have enrolled in a life-long master class on clear thinking and concise writing.

3. Connect. Most note-taking systems lead to nothing but collections of isolated ideas stored in preconceived categories. Don’t fall for that. Facts are only as useful as the context they are embedded in. How we connect them is as important as they are themselves. Therefore, don’t start with preconceived categories and fill them with notes. Instead, let order emerge bottom-up by making connections between your notes and be observant of the differences between them.

4. Give each note a permanent ID. Add your new note behind the most related existing note and make references to other related notes. Luhmann numbered his notes consecutively (see picture below), branching out, whenever necessary, by altering numbers, letters and additional characters (after note 2 comes note 3, or 2a if 3 already exists. Luhmann branched out so many lines of thought, he had notes like 37a12b).

5. Mind the context. By using permanent ID’s one note can be embedded in different contexts. It it similar to hyperlinks, but with a strong emphasis on building up note-sequences. Again: There are digital tools for that now. And remember: This is about developing thoughts, not building an archive.

6. Build up note-sequences. If you intend to write articles or books, these note-sequences can later be turned into parts or even whole chapters of your manuscript.

7. Keep an alphabetic index for orientation, but don’t overdo it – you only need to refer to one or two notes as entry-points into a line of thought. Whenever you want to get an overview of a topic, just write another note in which you elaborate on a possible topic-structure. The way we structure a topic or think about the relationship between ideas is bound to change with our understanding. Don’t hard-wire a certain understanding into your system; instead allow yourself to change your mind about that too. If you later decide that another structure is more apt for a given topic, just write another note about it with links to the related notes and change the entry in the index.

8. Make it a habit. When you turn writing like this into a daily habit, you no longer have to decide upfront what to write about or worry about the blank page. You will always have already written. And you will have elaborated on the content, which is the best way to learn. Just follow your interests, accompany your reading with simple note-taking followed by conversion to permanent notes until it becomes second nature, and then look at where note-clusters have built up in your Zettelkasten. This is where you want to start as it is a clear sign you are onto something. Now you can make an informed decision about what topic is worth writing about. The earlier you start taking smart notes, the better!
notetaking  productivity 
yesterday by jab_pepper
Inside Amazon's Very Weird, Yet Efficient Staff Meetings | Money
For starters, whoever leads a meeting at Amazon has to write a document, usually about six pages long, to pass out at the start of it. Then everybody spends about 20 to 30 minutes silently reading and digesting what’s on that document, before going over the entire thing together, page by page.

Also: There’s no PowerPoint. Ever.

It’s weird! But company reps say it works.

“The quality of the meeting is much better,” says Jacqueline Underberg, Amazon’s Director of Robotics. “I’m an engineer by training, I’m not a professional writer. It forces you to be very succinct and clear about what you’re supporting.”

Amazon talks a lot about it’s so-called “writing culture.” CEO Jeff Bezos pens a highly-anticipated shareholder letter every year. A company website boasts that candidates are sometimes asked to submit a writing sample when they apply.

The memo-driven meetings play into the same mentality, and are driven from the top down. Whether you’re Nancy from HR or Bezos himself, “the expectation is you have a paper when you have a meeting,” Underberg says.

She’s been with Amazon for about a decade, and leads a team tasked with testing new technologies and software updates. They meet often to work through business proposals, and to review performance. But thanks to the company’s non-traditional approach to meetings, pretty much everything she does is collaborative.

“When you’re working on a paper, you’re constantly working with other people,” she says. “You’re thinking about the people in the room before they get there, people with different knowledge sets, and how to bring everyone up to the same level of understanding.”

The meetings “can be a little unsettling,” she admits. “Especially if you’re new, or if you prepared the document.”

But there’s also a sort of democratization that takes place, Underberg says, particularly among employees who don’t usually speak up at meetings, and are used to having their opinions overlooked.

“I’m naturally an introvert,” she says. “When I worked for other companies, I wasn’t great at having a flashy PowerPoint. This equalizes folks, and enables them to present on the power of their ideas.”
Amazon  meeting  corporateculture  readingculture  productivity 
yesterday by dominomaster, a curated library of productivity hacks
I upvoted on Product Hunt: Shortcuts and hacks for your favorite tools at February 18, 2020 at 07:11AM
Product  Hunt  Web  App  Productivity  User  Experience 
yesterday by iamthefury

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