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Simple Team Performance Management - iDoneThis
"Reply to an evening email reminder with what you did that day. The next day, get a digest with what everyone on the team got done." As a management style, I like that.
management  tools  productivity  email 
may 2013 by infovore
Stop working (so hard) — I.M.H.O. — Medium
"What did The Hustle™ accomplish? I gained weight. I wasn’t spending enough time with my (now) wife. I felt like shit. I began to resent my work, and the work I was producing clearly wasn’t my best. I started cutting corners. I went from a mindset of shipping with quality and integrity to “when is this going to be over?”" I've almost never worked like this - but every time I have, it's always been as terrible as I've suggested it will be beforehand. Mainly on the software end of things, but not always. And the hustle is short-term thinking: the long-term damage is usually so much worse, including, but not limited to: technical debt, RSI, ill health, weight gains, emotional exhaustion, damage to relationships, friendships, and family. I am not only convinced that nothing is worth that; I know it.
business  productivity  work  overwork  rhetoric  mythicalmanmonth 
april 2013 by infovore
Yojimbo, and The Case for Anything Buckets – Shawn Blanc
"On your computer exists your hobbies, your current and/or future career, and the rest of your daily life. You don’t own a snowboard, but you do have a blog, a Twitter, an RSS reader, and a pirated copy of Photoshop. You, my friend, need an Anything Bucket."
yojimbo  organisation  osx  application  productivity  software  mac 
september 2009 by infovore
Corner Office - On Will Wright’s Team, Would You Be a Solvent, or the Glue? - Interview - NYTimes.com
"There was a point a few years ago whenever somebody called a meeting that I had to attend, then whoever called the meeting had to pay me a dollar. And I got a lot of dollars that way. It did make them think twice about calling the meeting, even though it was only a dollar." Will Wright has a good point.
management  meetings  willwright  maxis  games  productivity  process  interview  nyt 
june 2009 by infovore
Robert Benchley - How To Get Things Done
"anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment. " Yes.
robertbenchley  gtd  productivity  behaviour  writing  essay  humour 
april 2009 by infovore
Versus CluClu Land: I Went to the GDC and I Learned How to Make Broad Cultural Generalizations
"...after spending this weekend fighting Resident Evil 5's grabasstical interface I am somewhat persuaded that there's a real divide when it comes to eastern and western design sensibilities, and this divide has everything to do with the design-centric and productivity-centric tendencies of North American tech culture." Which is an interesting way of looking at it; I'm going to hold my thoughts until Iroquois has written more on this. Manveer Heir (of Raven Software) leaves an interesting comment on the post.
games  design  culture  programming  development  eastwest  iroquoispliskin  productivity  interaction 
march 2009 by infovore
Headspace
This appears to be some kind of 3D-tinged mind-mapping software; Flatblack were behind the rotoscoped look of Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly; this is clearly an interesting digression for them.
3D  iphone  software  management  productivity  mindmapping  spatial 
december 2008 by infovore
Changing the Game
"Changing the Game (order via Amazon or B&N) is a fast-paced tour of the many ways in which games, already an influential part of millions of people’s lives, have become a profoundly important part of the business world. From connecting with customers, to attracting and training employees, to developing new products and spurring innovation, games have introduced a new level of fun and engagement to the workplace.

Changing the Game introduces you to the ways in which games are being used to enhance productivity at Microsoft, increase profits at Burger King, and raise employee loyalty at Sun Microsystems, among other remarkable examples. It is proof that work not only can be fun--it should be." I shall have to check this out.
games  play  business  culture  communication  learning  education  simulation  book  productivity 
december 2008 by infovore
Big Contrarian → Divide.
"The idea of there being these two separate things has to be forced away from our thinking. They are one team, which produce one product. Stick their desks together and see what happens." Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.
engineering  design  management  productivity  process  creativity 
august 2008 by infovore
How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method
This is actually a useful way of thinking about writing almost any kind of documentation; single line up to large document. Tools like Scrivener actually make some of the techniques described even easier than using a spreadsheet.
writing  methodology  creativity  tips  tutorial  productivity  snowflake 
august 2008 by infovore
IGDA - Articles - Why Crunch Mode Doesn't Work: 6 Lessons
"There's a bottom-line reason most industries gave up crunch mode over 75 years ago: It's the single most expensive way there is to get the work done." Yes, yes, yes; a great article, with lots of good references.
overtime  crunch  productivity  software  development  programming  games  exploitation  labour  efficiency 
june 2008 by infovore
lixo.org :: Go for a walk
"When faced with a roblem you want to solve, or even to find out where the real problems are in the first place, try what the native americans called the Medicine Walk." I've been doing this a lot recently, and the pairing tip is spot-on.
process  practice  productivity  walk  walking  meditiation  calm 
april 2008 by infovore
The New Productivity | A Better Course
"I don’t think I’ve read an article in the last year that speaks about email as much other than an irritant." This one, however, makes some very interesting claims.
productivity  office  work  mundanity  email  blog 
january 2008 by infovore
Anxiety - Lightweight To-do Management
"Anxiety is a super-lightweight To-do list application for Mac OS X Leopard that synchronizes with iCal and Mail." Leopard only, notably. It also has a good Office Space joke in its screengrabs.
mac  software  osx  productivity  todo  application 
december 2007 by infovore
Freeverse: Apps: Think
Think helps you to selectively focus on one application at once. Not sure I'd use it all the time, but it works pretty well.
productivity  gtd  osx  application 
october 2007 by infovore
InfoQ: Applying Agile to Ruby
"In this prsentation... we examine key agile practices, that when applied judiciously to Ruby, retain the amazing productivity, improve the quality of code, etc." Looks good.
ruby  agile  video  programming  presentation  thoughtworks  productivity  development 
september 2007 by infovore
Taskpaper
"For Mac users who want a simpler way to create lists. TaskPaper is a simple to-do list application that helps you stay organized. Unlike competing applications, TaskPaper is based on plain text files which offer you paper-like simplicity and ease of use.
gtd  mac  productivity  application 
august 2007 by infovore
GuitarLog - The Practice Tool For Guitarists
Getting Practice Done. A bit metric/exercise focused for my liking, but maybe worth checking out.
guitar  practice  productivity  music 
august 2007 by infovore
Code Craft » Why great coders get paid far too little
"In the end, this means that really great coders will keep getting paid less than they are worth and average ones will keep getting paid more"
business  development  productivity  programming  software  employment 
july 2007 by infovore
Freeverse : Think
Let's limit our attention to one application--any application--at any time. Let's make it easy to change focus when we have to. Let's allow ourselves to bring other apps up quickly if we need them, but put them out of sight again just as quickly.
productivity  software  macosx  free 
february 2007 by infovore
David Seah : The Printable CEO™ VI.1: Emergent Task Planning
Probably the most useful - for me - of David Seah's Printable CEO series.
gtd  productivity  pdf  printable  form  lifehack 
february 2007 by infovore
Free Quicksilver user guide ebook - Lifehacker
By all accounts, very good; 89 pages on Quicksilver can't be bad, certainly - better than none.
quicksilver  mac  osx  application  app  productivity  launcher  tool 
january 2007 by infovore
tow.com » MsgFiler
MsgFiler is a plug-in for Apple Mail which quickly files emails into existing mailbox folders.
email  mac  mail  software  osx  application  productivity 
november 2006 by infovore
evhead: 16 Assertions
I assert a lot of these, too; I should probably follow through on more of them.
assertions  maxims  advice  creativity  gtd  productivity 
september 2006 by infovore
Random Etc.: chatbots for to-do list management?
Lovely idea for a little application from Tom Carden - managing todo lists via IM. Could probably knock this up as a little challenge.
application  chatbot  im  productivity 
february 2006 by infovore
~stevenf: Massively Multiplayer Personal Productivity
I've actually had vaguely similar thoughts at times, about turning applications into games. Turning the work ethic into a play ethic, etc. Level up!
games  gaming  mmorpg  play  productivity 
january 2006 by infovore
43 Folders: Guest: Mike Harris looks at "Remind"
Wow. Remind is sexy; this really is the way I think about remembering things
remind  gtd  lifehacks  productivity 
february 2005 by infovore
Notational Velocity
freeform osx notetaking software. interesting
gtd  notes  osx  productivity 
september 2004 by infovore
gapingvoid: how to be creative (long version)
you know, that guy who does the cartoons on business cards. he's informative.
cartoons  creativity  productivity  success 
september 2004 by infovore

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