Remember The Milk: Online to do list and task management. Plan.txt : The Most Effective Pr. November 11th, 2008 · 50 comments The Two Faces of Productivity Productivity can be divided into two main concerns.
The first is capturing and organizing all of the “stuff” you have to do. This is the fun part. This is where you buy fancy notebooks and configure Remember the Milk to auto-sync with your iPhone. The second concern is actually doing the stuff that you need to do. This is much less fun. This post is about this second concern. Plan.txt Once a week, usually on Mondays, I open a small text file named plan.txt and jot down my action plan for the week. There are no hard rules for this plan. I tend to break down what I want to get done into the major area of my life (grad student, writer, etc.), but not always. Here’s a screenshot of my plan.txt file as of this morning: You’ll notice I don’t follow a rigid format. Here’s the important point: last week’s plan.txt looked much different. Freestyle Productivity And that’s okay! Here’s my theory: Study Hacks.
Deep Habits: Write Your Own E-mail Protocols July 8th, 2015 · 22 comments The Curse of Process Inefficiency A couple weeks ago, I posted some ideas about why we have such a love/hate relationship with e-mail.
In this post, I want to return to the conversation with a thought on how we might improve matters. I argue that a major problem with our current e-mail habits is interaction inefficiency. In more detail, most e-mail threads are initiated with a specific goal in mind. Getting advice from my agent on a publishing question.Moving a meeting to deal with a scheduling conflict.Agreeing on the next steps of a project I’m working on with Scott Young. If you study the transcripts of most e-mail threads, the back and forth messaging will reveal a highly inefficient process for accomplishing the thread’s goal.
There’s a simple explanation for this reality. I’m as guilty of this as anyone. I’m definitely game to catch up this week. Time management: How an MIT postdoc writes 3 books, a PhD defens. I’m always on the lookout for “hidden gems,” or people who are doing remarkable work that the whole world hasn’t caught on to, yet.
Today, I asked my friend Cal Newport to illustrate how he completely dominates as a post-doc at MIT, author of multiple books, and popular blogger. How does he do it all? Cal writes one of the best blogs on the Internet: Study Hacks. His guest post shows how you can take I Will Teach You To Be Rich principles — plus many others — and integrate them into a way to use your time effectively. Below, you’ll learn: How to use fixed-schedule productivity — similar to the Think, Want, Do Technique — to consciously choose what you want to work on and ignore worthless busyworkWhen to say no — and how to do itHow a $60,000-a-speech professional manages his timeCase study: How to use email for maximum time productivity Read on. Cal Newport: How I Manage My Time My interest was to measure when during the day I spent time on e-mail. Put another way: I’m no slacker. “Mr. ShareThis. Chartle.net - interactive charts online!
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