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Netflix Culture
Sounds like an inspiring place to work - if a little scary.
culture  business  management  leadership  productivity  inspiration  netflix 
august 2009 by andrewducker
The Benefits of Distraction and Overstimulation
Twitter, Adderall, lifehacking, mindful jogging, power browsing, Obama’s BlackBerry, and the benefits of overstimulation.
attention  psychology  productivity  technology  science  brain 
june 2009 by andrewducker
The Cult of Done Manifesto
Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.
Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
Done is the engine of more.
productivity  procrastination  philosophy  inspiration 
may 2009 by andrewducker
Good and Bad Procrastination
You can't look a big problem too directly in the eye. You have to approach it somewhat obliquely. But you have to adjust the angle just right: you have to be facing the big problem directly enough that you catch some of the excitement radiating from it, but not so much that it paralyzes you. You can tighten the angle once you get going, just as a sailboat can sail closer to the wind once it gets underway.

If you want to work on big things, you seem to have to trick yourself into doing it. You have to work on small things that could grow into big things, or work on successively larger things, or split the moral load with collaborators. It's not a sign of weakness to depend on such tricks. The very best work has been done this way.
procrastination  productivity  paulgraham 
april 2009 by andrewducker
Daily Routines
How writers, artists, and other interesting people organize their days
writing  work  productivity  creativity  organization 
february 2009 by andrewducker
Why we procrastinate and how to stop
Those who thought about the questions abstractly were much more likely to procrastinate--and in fact some never got around to the assignment at all. By contrast, those who were focused on the how, when and where of doing the task e-mailed their responses much sooner.

The authors note that "merely thinking about the task in more concrete, specific terms makes it feel like it should be completed sooner and thus reducing procrastination."
psychology  science  productivity  sociology  procrastination 
january 2009 by andrewducker
Writing in the Age of Distraction
How to write without being distracted by The Internets
writing  internet  work  productivity  tips  procrastination 
january 2009 by andrewducker
EtherPad: Realtime Collaborative Text Editing
Looks pretty useful - if only I did collaborative text editing
writing  web2.0  tools  productivity 
november 2008 by andrewducker
Improve Your Luck Scientifically
Consider chance opportunities: Lucky people regularly have them; unlucky people don't. To determine why, I gave lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to tell me how many photos were inside. On average, unlucky people spent about two minutes on this exercise; lucky people spent seconds. Why? Because on the paper's second page -- in big type -- was the message "Stop counting: There are 43 photographs in this newspaper." Lucky people tended to spot the message. Unlucky ones didn't. I put a second one halfway through the paper: "Stop counting, tell the experimenter you have seen this and win $250." Again, the unlucky people missed it.
productivity  perception  inspiration  self-improvement 
november 2008 by andrewducker
Doodle: Easy Scheduling
Looks like a possibly useful site - must bear it in mind when I'm next organising something!
web  productivity  software  tool  social 
october 2008 by andrewducker
Is effort a myth?
Some tips on having a more successful life
productivity  tips  life 
october 2008 by andrewducker
Give it your email address, a number of days, and something you need to do "every so often" and you'll get irregular emails telling you to get it done... I've got ones set up for cat litter and putting washes on :->
reminder  productivity  tools  hassle 
june 2008 by andrewducker
How to get things done
An article from 1949 on how to use procrastination to your advantage
funny  life  management  reading  tips  gtd  procrastination  productivity 
november 2007 by andrewducker

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