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  1. Nov 2019
    1. if your goal is to build a remarkable life, then busyness and exhaustion should be your enemy

      Life protip

    2. Hard work is deliberate practice. It’s not fun while you’re doing it, but you don’t have to do too much of it in any one day (the elite players spent, on average, 3.5 hours per day engaged in deliberate practice, broken into two sessions). It also provides you measurable progress in a skill, which generates a strong sense of contentment and motivation

      Hard work:

      • isn't draining like hard to do work
      • provides measurable progress in a skill
      • generates a strong motivation
    3. The elite players were spending almost three times more hours than the average players on deliberate practice

      1st difference between the elite and average students:

      spending 3x more time on deliberate crafting of the skill

    4. The average players, they discovered, spread their work throughout the day. A graph included in the paper, which shows the average time spent working versus the waking hours of the day, is essentially flat. The elite players, by contrast, consolidated their work into two well-defined periods

      2nd difference between the elite and average students:

      working in 2 well-defined blocks rather than multiple ones

    5. the elite players slept an hour more per night than the average players

      3rd difference between the elite and average students:

      1 additional hour of sleep

    6. the elite players were significantly more relaxed than the average players, and the best of the best were the most relaxed of all

      4th difference between the elite and average students:

      more relaxation

    1. People think it’s efficient to distribute information all at the same time to a bunch of people around a room. But it’s actually a lot less efficient than distributing it asynchronously by writing it up and sending it out and letting people absorb it when they’re ready to so it doesn’t break their days into smaller bits.”

      Async > meetings

    2. It doesn't mean that we ignore all messages and only look up from our work when something is on fire – but the general expectation is that it's okay to not be immediately available to your teammates when you are focusing on your work

      One of the rules of "Office time"

    3. Office hours are chunks of time that makers set aside for meetings, while the rest of the time they are free to go into a Do Not Disturb mode

      "Office hours" - technique to improve makers schedule

    4. context switching between communication and creative work only kills the quality of both

      Context switching lowers the quality

    5. managers fail to see and address this problem is that they are used to looking at communication and assume it's a good thing. Because they see activity

      Managers in general perceive meetings as a good thing

    6. Immediate response becomes the implicit expectation, with barely any barriers or restrictions in place

      Why Slack is a great distraction:

      in the absence of barriers convenience always wins

    7. since most powerful people operate on the manager schedule, they're in a position to force everyone to adapt to their schedule

      Managers highly affect makers schedule

    8. Working in an open office renders us even more vulnerable

      Like single standup meeting, open office doesn't improve the productivity of makers

    9. A study conducted by Gloria Marks, a Professor of Informatics at the University of California, revealed that it takes us an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to refocus on a task after an interruption, and even when we do, we experience a decrease in productivity

      23 minutes and 15 seconds - average time to refocus on task after an interruption

    10. For managers, interruptions in the form of meetings, phone calls, and Slack notifications are normal. For someone on the maker schedule, however, even the slightest distraction can have a disruptive effect

      How ideal schedule should look like:

  2. Oct 2019
    1. The art of napping has the power to double creative productivity. Churchill was a famous biphasic sleeper. His naps let him squeeze two productive days into 24 hours

      Nap can let you be creative twice in 24 hours

    1. Right-click (or Control+Click, or a Two-Finger click on trackpads) on the file or folder in the Mac Finder

      This worked great MacOS 10.15.1 Beta 10/18/2019

    1. In general, use synchronous communication when the following is true
      • You want to build rapport with people (e.g., a 1-on-1 or team meeting).
      • You need to provide critical feedback or discuss other sensitive topics.
      • You have a lot of unknowns and you want to brainstorm different ideas and solutions.
      • There are a lot of moving variables and you want to bring everyone on the same page quickly, e.g., via a project kickoff meeting.
      • A crisis happens that requires immediate attention, e.g., a server crashes. We use Telegram with the notifications turned on at all times for emergency communications only.
    2. Pyramid of Remote Team Communication post.

    3. 70% async using Twist, Github, Paper25% sync using something like Zoom, Appear.in, or Google Meet5% physical meetings, e.g., annual company or team retreats

      Currently applied work structure at Doist

    4. According to the Harvard Business Review article “Collaborative Overload”, the time employees spend on collaboration has increased by 50% over the past two decades. Researchers found it was not uncommon for workers to spend a full 80% of their workdays communicating with colleagues in the form of email (on which workers’ spend an average of six hours a day); meetings (which fill up 15 percent of a company’s time, on average); and more recently instant messaging apps (the average Slack user sends an average of 200 messages a day, though 1,000-message power users are “not the exception”)

      Time spent in the office

    5. Slack boasts that users spend 9+ hours per workday connected to the app. 90 minutes of active usage spread over 9 hours is a whole lot of interruptions.

    6. synchronous communication is when you send a message and the recipient processes the information and responds immediately. In-person communication, like meetings, are examples of purely synchronous communication

      synchronous communication

    7. asynchronous communication is when you send a message without expecting an immediate response. For example, you send an email. I open and respond to the email several hours later

      asynchronous communication

    8. Study after study after study into remote work has made one thing clear: Remote workers are more productive than their office-bound counterparts.

      The question is: why?

      Answer is: it's not just because of the time saved by avoiding commuting

    1. “When scientists analyze people who appear to have tremendous self-control, it turns out those individuals aren’t all that different from those who are struggling. Instead, “disciplined” people are better at structuring their lives in a way that does not require heroic willpower and self-control.” - Atomic Habits

      Where all the self-control comes from...

    2. “The professional has learned that success, like happiness, comes as a by-product of work.” - The War of Art

      Where all the happiness comes from...

  3. Sep 2019
    1. "Secrecy is the first law of Magic" - from Julia Cameron's Artist's Way.Talking about your project seems to spread your energy in every direction other than towards completion.

      Inspiring comment

    2. Four different tests of 63 people found that those who kept their intentions private were more likely to achieve them

      Speaking about numbers

    3. W. Mahler found that if a person announced the solution to a problem, and was acknowledged by others, it was now in the brain as a “social reality”, even if the solution hadn’t actually been achieved
    4. Announcing your plans to others satisfies your self-identity just enough that you’re less motivated to do the hard work needed

      Tests done since 1933 show that people who talk about their intentions are less likely to make them happen

    1. However, if you believe that you are indistractable, you empower yourself to respond more healthily to whatever distractions get in your way

      How to be Indistractable (summary): How to be Indistractable (summary)

    2. identity pact is another way to change your response to distractions. Your self-image has a profound impact on your behavior

      Identity pact - give yourself a new identity, like "vegetarian" to force yourself to stop eating meat

    3. price pact puts money on the line. If you stick to your intended behavior, you keep the cash. If you get distracted, you forfeit your funds

      Price pact - make an agreement with your friend that you will give him a lot of money in case you won't finish what you want to

    4. effort pact is a kind of precommitment that involves increasing the amount of effort required to do something you don’t want to do

      Effort pack is one of the examples of precommitments. You can use "Forest" app as example to help you with it

    5. you can take back your smartphone in four steps
      1. Remove needless apps.
      2. Shift the usage of mobile apps to desktop.
      3. Rearrange icons on your screen.
      4. Adjust notifications.
    6. The right approach is to ask whether the external trigger is serving you, or whether you are serving it

      Way to decide if it's better to eliminate the trigger or not

    7. research shows that ignoring a call or message can be just as distracting as responding to one

      Notifications are one of the main sources of distraction

    8. After all, the most important people in your life deserve better than the leftover time in your day

      That's influential...

    9. Go ahead and scroll through social media, but at allotted times

      Don't stress about purely working on your values. Allocate the time for the other activities, but only do them at the allocated time

    10. Turn your values into time

      Don't just talk about your values, but invest them into time

    11. Don’t pick your goals, pick your values

      Pick your values instead of goals. Otherwise others will dictate your activities and use your time. Example values:

      • being a contributing member of a team
      • being a loving parent
      • being in an equitable marriage
      • seeking wisdom
    12. “leaves on a stream” method. Imagine yourself beside a stream, on which leaves gently float by. Place each thought and negative feeling in your mind on one leaf and watch them float away

      Use "leaves on a stream" method when facing distraction. Put then on the leaves and let them float away. Apart from it:

      • identify things that prompt the distraction
      • log how you feel at that time
    13. You can’t control how you feel, but you can learn to control how you react to the way you feel.To start, you can change how you think about the bad feelings that can lead to distraction.

      We have lack of control over our feelings, but not over our reaction

    14. The truth is, we overuse video games, social media, and our cell phones not just for the pleasure they provide, but because they free us from psychological discomfort

      Root cause of human behaviour is the desire to escape discomfort

    15. The opposite of “distraction” is “traction.” Traction is any action that moves us towards what we really want. Tractions are actions, done with intent.

      Traction

    16. distractions aren’t necessarily your fault, they are your responsibility

      Learn to become indistrictable

  4. Jul 2019
    1. “Your most important task as a leader is to teach people how to think and ask the right questions so that the world doesn’t go to hell if you take a day off”.
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  6. Apr 2019
    1. From urban ancient Greece to agrarian societies, work was either something to be outsourced to others – often slaves – or something to be done as quickly as possible so that the rest of life could happen.
    2. For some of these writers, this future must include a universal basic income (UBI) – currently post-work’s most high-profile and controversial idea – paid by the state to every working-age person, so that they can survive when the great automation comes. For others, the debate about the affordability and morality of a UBI is a distraction from even bigger issues.

      Universal basic income looks like a cool idea for innovators, who would like to use this education for the good of all so they don't have to work for living and take care of basic needs (food, clothing, shelter).

    3. In 1845, Karl Marx wrote that in a communist society workers would be freed from the monotony of a single draining job to “hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner”. In 1884, the socialist William Morris proposed that in “beautiful” factories of the future, surrounded by gardens for relaxation, employees should work only “four hours a day”.

      Capitalistic nature of communist economy gave some counties a boost in economy and given a citizen who would like to work hard a boost in better status. Communist based citizen often has no incentive to work hard OR in other words a citizen who is willing to work hard and have a better life has no value. So capitalistic communist approach gave those innovative citizens to have a better life if they choose to.

    4. And finally, beyond all these dysfunctions, loom the most-discussed, most existential threats to work as we know it: automation, and the state of the environment. Some recent estimates suggest that between a third and a half of all jobs could be taken over by artificial intelligence in the next two decades.
    5. Work is badly distributed. People have too much, or too little, or both in the same month. And away from our unpredictable, all-consuming workplaces, vital human activities are increasingly neglected. Workers lack the time or energy to raise children attentively, or to look after elderly relations. “The crisis of work is also a crisis of home,” declared the social theorists Helen Hester and Nick Srnicek in a paper last year. This neglect will only get worse as the population grows and ages.
    6. Unsurprisingly, work is increasingly regarded as bad for your health: “Stress … an overwhelming ‘to-do’ list … [and] long hours sitting at a desk,” the Cass Business School professor Peter Fleming notes in his new book, The Death of Homo Economicus, are beginning to be seen by medical authorities as akin to smoking.
  7. Jan 2019
    1. Looking at some of those bullet journal masterpieces made me wonder, how much of bullet journaling is just...productivity porn?

      How many times have I thought this myself?

      My bullet journal has to be the most spartan and utilitarian book of lists ever created.

  8. Dec 2018
    1. I adopted a ‘horses for courses’ approach to keep it in check. I used Facebook primarily to keep in touch with family and real-world friends, I used Twitter for tech discussions and networking, I used LinkedIn sparingly, and I dropped any social media that didn’t fulfill a specific function for me.
    1. “What gets measured gets done, what gets measured and fed back gets done well, what gets rewarded gets repeated.”
    2. If you are one of those people sending hundreds of text messages throughout the day, then you are crazy and throwing your life away.

      Harsh, but probably true. This is definitely not me.

    3. Second, I have a not-very-well supported theory that’s paired with the book Thinking, Fast and Slow. The behavior design implication of that book is that you need to speak to two systems of the brain. Speaking to the rational, Slow System is easy. Just lay out the facts.Speaking to the emotional Fast System is much harder, namely because it’s so hard to see or introspect on what’s going on in there. But if you accept that difficulty (and this is the part of my theory that feels like pop brain science), then you realize that you need to start looking for ways to rewire your emotional core.Then, having accepted that rewiring your emotions is part of most behavior design, I’ve started to notice things — like that most self-improvement advice is not very rational. That’s by design. A self-improvement book is mostly emotional rewiring. That is exactly why you need to read the entire book rather than cheating with a summarized version.

      This is an interesting sounding take. Worth thinking about further.

    4. Do you want a book recommendation to go with this section? I’ve got one you’re not going to hear anywhere else. Go buy the sci-fi book Dune and read it in the context of personal development.The lady-witch advisors, the Bene Gesserit, are what happens when you have fine-tuned mastery over habit.The human computing Mentats are what’s possible through extreme brain training.The Gom Jabbar test of humanity? That’s the mind-over-matter possible through meditation. An animal gives in to the illusion of pain; a human can see through that illusion.The Butlerian Jihad where humanity overthrew and then banned all artificial intelligence? That’s what I keep saying here about making your phone a tool, not your boss.

      Certainly a unique take.

  9. Nov 2018
    1. Prezi is a productivity platform that allows for creation, organization, collaboration of presentations. It can be used with either mobile or desktop. Prezi integrates with slack and salesforce. RATING: 5/5 (rating based upon a score system 1 to 5, 1= lowest 5=highest in terms of content, veracity, easiness of use etc.)

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  12. Aug 2018
    1. Without obtaining feedback from aspects of the entire user community, situations like those noted above are likely to exist. In each case, there were significant losses to the business from what was a bad application design.

      Try getting administration/management in healthcare to acknowledge the lack of productivity caused by poor design. Not. Going. To. Happen.

  13. Oct 2017
    1. The only correlating factor has to be the effectiveness of your actions.

      I like what this article says, but this sentence nails the weakness in the article. There is no strong evidence for the assertion.

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  16. Feb 2017
    1. You know, people don’t have hours anymore. Like, you don’t have hours at work. You know, people say they work 8 hours a day or 10 hours a day or 12 hours a day. They don’t. They work 15 minutes and 20 minutes and 25 minutes and 6 minutes and maybe 45 minutes if they’re lucky.
    1. Maybe you are the sort of person who finds it hard to motivate yourself to take on such goals. If that’s the case, taking a flexible approach might be best for you. But if you struggle with follow-through — for instance, if you find yourself in situations where there are simply too many other priorities competing for your attention — then adopting a much more rigid approach, one that includes setting specific actions and steps, could be more effective.
    2. once people have set a goal, they are much more likely to complete it when the steps to achievement are set out in a rigid, restrictive way.
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  18. Dec 2016
    1. Nevertheless, we also found out that a later systematic review based on twenty eight very good papers [7] found evidence of the increase in productivity when using the SCRUM method.
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  20. Jun 2016
    1. high productivity (in terms of published output) is indeed correlated with high levels of collaboration [1-4,24,30,51,52,58,60].

      Hi productivity is correlated with high collaboration

    2. A.J. Lotka. 1926, The frequency distribution of scientific productivity, Journal of the Washington Academy of Science 16, 317-323.

      Important bibliography

    3. A pioneering insight into the productivity of sci- entists was provided by Lotka in 1926--an insight since confirmed by numerous others. He showed that the number of authors producing n papers is propor- tional to 1/n 2 [32]. Thus, the number of researchers producing just one paper in a given period of time is two orders of magnitude greater than the number of researchers producing 10 papers in the same time and four orders of magnitude greater that the number producing 100 papers. Lotka's findings have led some investigators to ask if prolific authors tend to collaborate more than less prolific authors.

      Lotka's rule of productivity: 1/n2

    1. Despite opinions to the contrary, these data suggest that there has been no apparent increase in overall productivity per active author over the last decade. Instead, authors are using their authorship potential more wisely by becoming more collaborative in the way they work, which is driving an apparent inflation in each author’s productivity as well as author bylines. Instead, the underlying driver of the volume increase in articles published is simply the introduction of new entrants/authors into the market. That is not surprising, as the total population of researchers globally continues to rise every year, and they become increasingly subject to the principles of "publish or perish": and so the cycle continues.

      No increase in overall productivity of authors.

  21. Mar 2016
    1. Very interesting article on how to best utilize capacity for concentration as a programmer.

  22. Jan 2016
    1. “Visit a web page, then select some text and annotate with comments or tags. You’ll see those annotations when you return to the page, and so will other Hypothesis users.”

      Was one of the Pocket's Top Feature Requests (read it later app) list. Workaround's like Pocketlight lack sharing services with other users. Scrible offers a more in-depth annotation but also lacks on the sharing part and a solid app.

      Hypothesis's the perfect tools we needed.

      Setup :

      And now, my contacts (with hypothesis) and I can discuss over articles!

    1. “Don’t worry about things. Don’t push. Just do your work and you’ll survive. The important thing is to have a ball, to be joyful, to be loving and to be explosive. Out of that comes everything and you grow.”

      Quote from Ray Bradbury

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