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How to manage your time: an MIT postdoc writes 3 books, but finishes by 5:30pm
I call this approach fixed-scheduled productivity, and it’s something I’ve been following and preaching since early 2008. The idea is simple:

Fix your ideal schedule, then work backwards to make everything fit — ruthlessly culling obligations, turning people down, becoming hard to reach, and shedding marginally useful tasks along the way.

The beneficial effects of this strategy on your sense of control, stress levels, and amount of important work accomplished, is profound.
@CalNewport  productivity  scheduling 
april 2018 by carboncore
Drastically Reduce Stress with a Work Shutdown Ritual - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
I’m not sure that my particular ritual is right for everyone. But I urge you to consider the general concept. To form a good ritual you just need three things:

1. A quick series of steps for getting back on top of what’s going on in your student or working life; something you can do in 5 minutes at the end of each day.
2. A phrase you say when you complete the ritual.
3. An agreement with yourself that after you’ve said the magic words, the only acceptable response to a work-related thought is to think through the steps required for you to say the termination phrase.

It’s a simple idea that generates big returns. Consider giving it a try.
productivity  work  scheduling  @CalNewport 
april 2018 by carboncore
“Personal kanban”: a time-management system that explodes the myth of multitasking — Quartz
Personal Kanban works on two principles: Visualize your work, and limit your total number of “works in progress.” Setting up a system is simple:
Find a board with which you can use magnets, post-it notes, or thumbtacks. On it, create three columns: Options, Doing, and Done.
Write your individual tasks down on separate cards. You might customize these tickets by urgency or type (perhaps personal or business) with colors or symbols. Post all of these cards in the “Options” column.
From that column, choose no more than three to move into the middle “Doing” column. These are the works in progress you’re focused on in a timeframe of your choosing.
When a task is complete, move it into the “Done” column, and choose a new option to pull into “Doing.”
productivity 
june 2017 by carboncore
Work It Harder Make It Better Do It Faster Makes Us Stronger — Matter — Medium
Right now, the workplace arrangement that’s most in vogue in Silicon Valley tech companies is called “activity-based working,” or ABW. ABW was coined by a Dutch consultant who argued that people who have multiple, different workspaces are more productive than those who sit in one place all day. The idea is that you’d write e-mails at your desk, work on collaborative projects in a bench seat, answer phone calls in a corner with sofas and privacy walls, and so on.

I visited the San Francisco offices of HOK, an architecture firm that has designed spaces like the BBC’s headquarters and a terminal of Boston’s Logan Airport as well as offices for tech companies like Apple and Cisco. HOK’s director of interior design, Daniel Herriott, is an ABW advocate, and told me that I should think about segmenting my home office into differentiated spaces.

“There’s a sense of vitality created through variation,” he said. “You can’t do every task at your desk.”
productivity  work 
november 2014 by carboncore
How To Be Efficient: Dan Ariely's 6 New Secrets To Managing Your Time
The world is not designed to help you achieve your long term goals. Passivity is not going to get you where you want to go.
Control your environment or it will control you. Optimize your workspace for what you need to achieve.
Write the things you need to do down on your calendar. You’re more likely to do what you write down.
You have about 2 hours of peak productivity, usually early in the morning. Protect those hours and use them wisely.
Meetings, email, multitasking and structured procrastination are the biggest time wasters.
No, you don’t need an email break. Switching tasks reduces effectiveness as your brain transitions. The more you do it, the less effective you are.
productivity  clickbait 
october 2014 by carboncore
Todon't
Here's my challenge. If you can't wake up every day and, using your 100% original equipment God-given organic brain, come up with the three most important things you need to do that day – then you should seriously work on fixing that. I don't mean install another app, or read more productivity blogs and books. You have to figure out what's important to you and what motivates you; ask yourself why that stuff isn't gnawing at you enough to make you get it done. Fix that.
productivity  motivation 
may 2014 by carboncore
Ask HN: My brain refuses to think, what should I do? | Hacker News
This exact thing started happening to me more and more frequently when I hit age 30. I tried all the standard remedies: psychological tricks, pomodoro techniques, vacations, exercise, reducing stimulants, increasing stimulants, blocking the internet, and so forth. However, in late 2008 I faced up to the fact that I simply do not care as much about programming as I once did. I also did some soul searching and realized that perhaps I never really "liked" programming. My relationship to programming has been more like an obsession or compulsion than someone pursuing a passion.
programming  productivity  work  burnout 
february 2014 by carboncore
The Builder’s High – Rands in Repose

You’re fucking swimming in everyone else’s moments, likes, and tweets and during these moments of consumption you are coming to believe that their brief interestingness to others makes it somehow relevant to you and worth your time.

The fact that the frequency of these interesting moments appears to be ever-growing and increasingly easy to find does not change the fact that your attention is finite. Each one you experience, each one you consume, is a moment of your life that you’ve spent forever.

These are other people’s moments.
productivity  creativity  constrains  @rands  *fav 
january 2014 by carboncore
Where do you find the time for side projects? | by @mijustin
“Inspiration is like fresh fruit or milk: It has an expiration date. If you want to do something, you’ve got to do it now. You can’t put it on a shelf and wait two months to get around to it. You can’t just say you’ll do it later. Later, you won’t be pumped up about it anymore.”
- Jason Fried and David Heinemeier-Hansson, Rework
productivity 
january 2014 by carboncore
Об визуализацию ведения дел
"In an automobile, you have a fuel gauge to tell you how much gas is in the tank. We know that there is a cycle or process that goes like this: car is filled -> car is driven -> fuel gets low -> car is refilled, etc. Do we need a depiction of that cycle? Not really. Everyone knows that when the fuel level gets close to "empty" you need to fill it back up again. But you do need the display of the fuel level.

Same with the speedometer: when you try to maintain a particular speed, if the gauge shows you going a little too fast, you let off of the gas, if too slow, you press down a little. Do we need a diagram of showing this response pattern? Of course not, every driver knows this. However, it is critical that you have visualization of the speed.

This same thing works in more complex examples: a sales team will display the sales won for the month against the budgeted/forecast sales figures. A support team will display the current call wait times. A doctor might get a display of the patent's current vital signs, and history of recent treatments. A teacher may get a display of the all the student current scores and who is behind on work. This is nothing new; we know these as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

A KPI may be related directly or indirectly to a goal. So I guess in some sense you ARE displaying the goals and whether they are being achieved or not. However, it does not look like a process map. What is needed is really just a dashboard showing how the organization is measuring up ... so that the knowledge workers can respond according to their skill and experience". (Keith Swenson)
work  productivity  visualization  @ailev 
january 2014 by carboncore
ailev: Трехсписочный GTD
Я когда-то у Аллена вычитал, что впервые произведенная инвентаризация входящих приводит к списку длиной приблизительно 150 дел. У меня в первый раз примерно так и получилось. В глубокой молодости меня научили, что если у тебя менее 400 записей, заводить для них базу данных бессмысленно: нужно пользоваться просто файлом, одной папкой, и не заниматься дурацкими пересортировками -- себе дороже, глазами будет все одно быстрее. Ну, я и не стал заводиться со всей этой сложной "базой данных GTD".
productivity  gtd  @ailev 
november 2013 by carboncore
sorhed: Работает — не работает.
Я широко известен в узких кругах как сказочный раздолбай, а также человек, который может забыть свою голову в тумбочке. Не могу сказать, что мне нравится такое положение дел, поэтому в течение последних десяти лет я прочитал, наверное, с полтонны книг о самоорганизации, и пытался выяснить на практике, что из них работает, а что нет. Далее краткая выжимка результатов моих бесчеловечных экспериментов.
productivity 
august 2013 by carboncore
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