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Coding Horror: Meetings: Where Work Goes to Die
Meetings should be viewed skeptically from the outset, as risks to productivity. We have meetings because we think we need them, but all too often, meetings are where work ends up going to die.
meetings  proces  productivity 
february 2012 by tysone
Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work
Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. At TEDxMidwest, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work.
forsnd  towatch  productivity  37signals  jason_fried 
november 2010 by tysone
Mule Design Studio’s Blog: The Chokehold of Calendars
Meetings may be toxic, but calendars are the superfund sites that allow that toxicity to thrive. All calendars suck. And they all suck in the same way. Calendars are a record of interruptions. And quite often they’re a battlefield over who owns whose time.
life  time  calendar  productivity 
october 2010 by tysone
Driven to Distraction
"Though we've all heard about the good things that come from ambition, laziness gets a bad rap. That's unfortunate. I can attribute a healthy chunk of my success to the positive returns of laziness. Laziness has the best ROI in the business. ... Truth is, things are pretty easy and straightforward -- until you make them hard and complicated."
jason_fried  strategy  productivity  wisdom  advice 
april 2010 by tysone
You can always do less - (37signals)
"As programmers and designers, we often fall in love with our requirements and are unable to kill our darlings. We mistake what we said we’ll do with what must be done. It’s rarely so; you can always do less," says David Heinemeier Hansson.
forsnd  software  scope  productivity  strategy  process 
january 2010 by tysone
Enough | 43 Folders
"Some graze unlimited bowls of information by choice. Others claim it’s a necessity ... Unfortunately, foodbabies only appear after it’s too late. And, if your satiety’s gauged solely by whether the buffet’s still open, you’re screwed. Like the hypothalamus-damaged rat, you’ll eat until you die."
information  productivity  overload 
december 2009 by tysone
Parkinson's Law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."
productivity  strategy 
december 2009 by tysone
Welcome - Ommwriter
A wise man once said "We are all at the mercy of our wild monkey minds. Incessantly swinging from branch to branch.” With multiple windows and applications all vying for our attention, we have sadly adapted our working habits to that of the computer and not the other way around.
quotes  writing  software  productivity 
november 2009 by tysone
Stuff
"I have too much stuff. Most people in America do. In fact, the poorer people are, the more stuff they seem to have. Hardly anyone is so poor that they can't afford a front yard full of old cars. It wasn't always this way. Stuff used to be rare and valuable."
stuff  culture  lifehacks  consumerism  essay  productivity 
november 2009 by tysone
The Way I Work: Jason Fried of 37Signals
Jason Fried hates lame meetings, tech companies that don't generate revenue, and companies that treat their employees like children. A peek inside his typical workday
37signals  jason_fried  productivity  strategy 
november 2009 by tysone
Caterina.net: Working hard is overrated
"So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard."
productivity  advice  management 
september 2009 by tysone
Three Rivers Institute » Blog Archive » Approaching a Minimum Viable Product
"By far the dominant reason for not releasing sooner was a reluctance to trade the dream of success for the reality of feedback."
strategy  development  agile  productivity  advice 
august 2009 by tysone
Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule
"When you're operating on the maker's schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in. Plus you have to remember to go to the meeting. That's no problem for someone on the manager's schedule."
meetings  productivity  management 
july 2009 by tysone
Mud Rooms, Red Letters, and Real Priorities | 43 Folders
You eventually learn that true priorities are like arms; if you think you have more than a couple, you're either lying or crazy. ... Because, if you aren’t rejecting or dumping things every single day, you don’t know your priority. You’re making things up. If you think you have 35 priorities, then yes: you also think you have 35 arms. Is it any wonder you’re feeling awkward and unsure?
productivity  gtd  tips  process 
april 2009 by tysone
Locus Online Features: Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction
We know that our readers are distracted and sometimes even overwhelmed by the myriad distractions that lie one click away on the Internet, but of course writers face the same glorious problem: the delirious world of information and communication and community that lurks behind your screen, one alt-tab away from your word-processor.
writing  process  productivity 
january 2009 by tysone
Malcolm Gladwell on meaningful work and curiosity - (37signals)
Meaningful work is one of the most important things we can impart to children. Meaningful work is work that is autonomous. Work that is complex, that occupies your mind. And work where there is a relationship between effort and reward — for everything you put in, you get something out…
gladwell  productivity  strategy  collaboration  leadership 
december 2008 by tysone
kung fu grippe - Better
Politics, celebrity gossip, business headlines, tech punditry, odd news, and user-generated content. These are the chew toys that have made me sad and tired and cynical. ... What makes you feel less bored soon makes you into an addict. What makes you feel less vulnerable can easily turn you into a dick. ... What worries me are the consequences of a diet comprised mostly of fake-connectedness, makebelieve insight, and unedited first drafts of everything.
productivity  philosophy  brilliant  quality  gtd  culture 
september 2008 by tysone
Big Contrarian → Divide.
The idea of design divorced from engineering is laudable, but the way it so often plays out makes it implausible. ... The two disciplines have to play off each other. One has to influence, guide, and challenge the other. The gulf between what technology is capable of and what we see in the interactive marketplace has to be shortened.
design  engineering  creativity  process  productivity  management 
august 2008 by tysone
ScreenSteps: Rapid Documentation Tool
The Documentation Tool For People Who Don't Want to Do Documentation
software  screencast  productivity  training 
august 2008 by tysone
Workaholics fixate on inconsequential details - (37signals)
"Most companies think that they are benefiting from a workaholic’s long hours, even if it is at the worker’s expense. In fact, workaholism can harm the company as well as the worker…"
productivity  management  advice  37signals 
may 2008 by tysone
Little tweaks, huge impact - (37signals)
Southwest Airlines started flying slower about two months ago, and projects it will save $42 million in fuel this year by extending each flight by one to three minutes.
productivity  unexpected 
may 2008 by tysone
Sleep deprivation is not a badge of honor - (37signals)
Forgoing sleep is like borrowing from a loan shark. Sure you get that extra hours right now to cover for your overly-optimistic estimation, but at what price?
productivity  health  sleep 
may 2008 by tysone
Up or Out: Solving the IT Turnover Crisis - The Daily WTF
In short: embrace turnover, encourage separation, and don’t even think about saying “careers, not jobs.” Oh yes, it’s Employment 2.0.
leadership  management  productivity 
april 2008 by tysone
Tips on how to work smarter from Ricardo Semler - (37signals)
Concision is worth the investment. The longer the message, the greater the chance of misinterpretation.
advice  communication  management  productivity 
april 2008 by tysone
gapingvoid: "cartoons drawn on the back of business cards": how to be creative
So you want to be more creative, in art, in business, whatever. Here are some tips that have worked for me over the years:
design  productivity  inspiration  creativity  art 
february 2008 by tysone

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