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A Precious Hour
"When an engineer becomes a lead or a manager, they create a professional satisfaction gap. They’ve observed this gap long before they became a lead with the question: “What does my boss do all day? I see him running around like something is on fire, but… what does he actually do?” The question gets personal when the now freshly minted manager begins to understand that life as a lead is an endless list of little things that collectively keep you busy, but, in aggregate, don’t feel much like progress.

The positive feedback an engineer receives in the Zone is the sensation that you literally performed magic. From the complete problem set in your mind combined with your weapons-grade focus, you build a thing that you immediately recognize as disproportionately valuable. And you see this value instantaneously - that’s the high.

I believe that leads and managers are forever chasing the high associated with the Zone, but rarely achieve them because their job responsibilities are in direct contradiction to the requirements to achieve it. We often lack the time to have the intimate knowledge of a problem space because we rarely have 10-15 minutes free to consider it."
Rands  work  productivity  management 
march 2012 by andrewspittle
Your attention please
"The greatest things you make and do are the ones that get your full attention. It’s helpful to take an inventory of what you’re doing and then ask yourself where you’re spending your best attention. You can fill your time, but you have to spend your attention. How you spend it is probably a better measure of priority than anything else."
attention  productivity  37Signals 
september 2011 by andrewspittle
A Hard Thing is Done by Figuring Out How to Start
"We’re addicted quick fixes, top ten lists, and four-hour work weeks, but the truth is - if it wasn’t hard, everyone would be doing it and a hard thing is never done by reading a list or a book or an article about doing it. A hard thing is done by figuring out how to start."
inspiration  productivity  Rands 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
Fear and Desire for Omnifocus
"When it became clear to me that I was no longer able to use Things as my task manager, Omnifocus kept coming to me as I searched for a replacement. I wrote it off as too expensive and more than I needed."
software  review  OmniFocus  productivity 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
Are you making something?
Seth Godin argues for a two device solution. It frees you up to actually get work done.
work  SethGodin  productivity 
march 2011 by andrewspittle
The Challenges of Working Remotely
Ryan Irelan at Happy Cog writes about the challenges of working remotely and how he handles everything.
productivity  work  HappyCog 
march 2011 by andrewspittle
You Are Not Responsible For Other People’s Productivity
"It’s different if someone asks for my help. That I’m happy to give. But I’m done with evangelism for any of my enthusiasms...

I’m far too busy just taking care of my own business."
RandyMurray  productivity  work 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
Interview: Marco Arment
Rands does a masterful interview with Instapaper founder Marco Arment.
Instapaper  interview  productivity  Rands  MarcoArment 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
The Noise
"These habits are designed to create unexpected moments with Signal. Each moment with Signal is a moment that you’re killing the Noise and they exist so you remember what it feels like to care rather than just do."
inspiration  management  work  Rands  writing  productivity 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
A Sledgehammer Called OmniFocus
Shawn Blanc tells you everything you'd need to know about using OmniFocus.
productivity  software  shawnblanc  design 
december 2010 by andrewspittle
Fire And Motion
Good advice from Joel on how to just get things done.
productivity  JoelSpolsky  software 
november 2010 by andrewspittle
Say No To Others, Say No To Yourself
"It takes 10,000 hours of focused practice to develop world-class mastery. If you want that, you must say yes to the focus and isolation of your work, banning distractions."
productivity  software  inspiration 
november 2010 by andrewspittle
“Distraction,” Simplicity, and Running Toward Shitstorms
"...leaving your starry-eyed customers with the nauseatingly misguided impression that their “distraction” originates from anyplace but their own busted-ass brain is really not “helping.” Not on any level. It is, literally, harmful."
productivity  merlinmann  software 
october 2010 by andrewspittle
The Chokehold of Calendars
"In my experience, most people don’t schedule their work. They schedule the interruptions that prevent their work from happening. In the case of a business like ours, what clients pay us to make and do happens in the cracks between meetings, or worse, after business hours."
work  productivity  business  design  merlinmann 
october 2010 by andrewspittle
"Broken Meetings (and how you'll fix them)"
Merlin Mann talking about meeting culture and how to avoid it while also making sure you're having good meetings.
merlinmann  productivity  video  inspiration  business 
october 2010 by andrewspittle
First, care.
"Because, during those happy times you were fortunate enough to find yourself engaged with something that you cared intensely about, you probably started asking a really different sort of question."
productivity  merlinmann  43Folders 
september 2010 by andrewspittle
Living Efficiently
"Every once in a while, someone posts an article on getting things done and managing your time on Hacker News. I know because I keep track of them. I immediately think, 'recovering procrastinator'."
productivity  writing 
september 2010 by andrewspittle
Staying Healthy and Sane At a Startup
Alex Payne's tips on productivity and health at a startup.
alexpayne  health  productivity  startups 
september 2010 by andrewspittle
How to Run a Meeting
Michael Lopp's ideas about running a meeting.
business  productivity  rands 
august 2010 by andrewspittle
The Top Idea in Your Mind
"I think most people have one top idea in their mind at any given time. That's the idea their thoughts will drift toward when they're allowed to drift freely."
business  paulgraham  productivity  startups  thinking 
july 2010 by andrewspittle
How to Lose Time and Money
"The solution is to develop new alarms. This can be a tricky business, because while the alarms that prevent you from overspending are so basic that they may even be in our DNA, the ones that prevent you from making bad investments have to be learned, and are sometimes fairly counterintuitive."
productivity  paulgraham  startups  business  venturecapital 
july 2010 by andrewspittle
The Secret Powers of Time
A great talk about the power of time and the thoughts associated with it. Tremendous illustrations that accompany the talk.
productivity  lectures  design 
june 2010 by andrewspittle
Habit Fields
A great article from "A List Apart" that explains some of the ways in which you can create habit fields when working from home.
work  productivity  lifestyle  AListApart 
may 2010 by andrewspittle
On Working Remotely
Jeff Atwood details his experience with working remotely on Stack Overflow. Full of some tips and tricks.
JeffAtwood  productivity  work  lifestyle  CodingHorror 
may 2010 by andrewspittle
Merlin's Time & Attention Talk (Improvised Rutgers Edition)
Merlin Mann gives a great talk about time and attention in the business world. The talk was largely a riff since the slides didn't work.
43Folders  MerlinMann  email  productivity  lifestyle 
may 2010 by andrewspittle

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