Productivity

A curated mix of articles on productivity.

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Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017

Chat at work is killing my productivity

Humans aren’t wired for any sort of global, always-reachable communication. This is a a problem that applies to both synchronous and asynchronous communication, but I miss not having an expectation of replying — or even being present — for more than 24 hours at a time. In other words…I miss email.

Friday, Jun 30, 2017

Take Naps at Work. Apologize to No One.

Restfulness and recharging can take a back seat to the perception and appearance of productivity. It’s easier to stay on a virtual hamster wheel of activity by immediately responding to every email than it is to measure aggregate productivity over a greater period of time. But a growing field of occupational and psychological research is building the case for restfulness in pursuit of greater productivity.

Friday, Jun 2, 2017

Get More Done By Working Less

While we work 8 or more hours a day, most of that is just busywork. Effectiveness and total hours worked are two different things. Learn what moves the needle and focus your work efforts on that, ignoring or getting rid of busywork.

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017

Killing Home Internet Is the Most Productive Thing I've Ever Done

Earlier this year I made the conscious decision to remove all Internet service from my home. It ended up being the best productivity decision I’ve ever made.

Monday, Feb 13, 2017

It Takes 60 Hours to Work 40 Hours Per Week

Think of your week like your suitcase. You can cram it full, rolling up everything and stuffing underwear into socks and using all sorts of organizational gadgets to keep it under control. Or you can bring less stuff.

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017

Don't set goals for yourself—instead, create systems that make it easy for you to succeed

So this year, I decided to give up on making resolutions altogether. Instead, I devised my own system to help me lead a life that’s in keeping with my values. I call it my Intentionality Dashboard.

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017

Why time management is ruining our lives

All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed.

Monday, Dec 19, 2016

Digital nomads, do you have days where all you do is watch movies or surf Reddit all day instead of work?

I’m sure a lot of us have had days like this, but it’s been especially frequent for me recently.

Friday, Nov 18, 2016

11 Productivity Hacks To Get The Most Of Your Remote Life

This is a special article and the first collaborative one. 11 of our awesome members have put together their best tips to become a better remote worker.

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016

The Sanctity of Your Calendar

Over the years, it has become clearer to me that there is no more challenging and worthwhile task than good time management. This is what productivity boils down to. For many of us in creative disciplines, we can start by reigning in the chaos of our work calendars.

Monday, Oct 31, 2016

What are some productivity hacks for remote employees?

I’m working remotely since last year. There’s a major productivity issue, some days I don’t feel like working. Acquiring new skills are hard, with so many distractions around how do you guys manage to work from home/remote?

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016

Weekend wasted again

I decide to do something over the weekend may be a small project or learn something new or prepare for interview, but Saturday and Sunday goes by and I do nothing but to browse internet, facebook, youtube and going through links. At the end of Sunday, I feel like, I wasted my weekend and get little bit depressed. If anyone has gone through process, can you please share how to got out of this loop on every week end?

Monday, Oct 24, 2016

What Working While Traveling Taught Me about Productivity

Guest contributor Ansley Sawyer shares what she’s learned about productivity while on the road as a nomadic film producer.

There's magic in mess: why you should embrace a disorderly desk

Feeling guilty about being untidy? Don’t. A cluttered space can help you be more organised.

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016

Why the Humble Notebook Is Flourishing in the iPhone Era

The craze for bullet journaling shows that sometimes pen and paper is best—as long as the results can be Instagrammed.

Friday, Oct 7, 2016

Why Do Anything? A Meditation on Procrastination

Idleness, as we know, has a bad rap in Western culture, but it can be a philosophical experience in its own right.

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016

How Writing To-Do Lists Helps Your Brain (Whether Or Not You Finish Them)

To-do lists get a lot of flack, but the simple act of planning has some psychological and productivity benefits all by itself.

Monday, Sep 12, 2016

This Morning Routine will Save You 20+ Hours Per Week

The traditional 9–5 workday is poorly structured for high productivity. Perhaps when most work was physical labor, but not in the knowledge working world we now live in.

Friday, Aug 12, 2016

To-Do Lists Are Not the Answer to Getting Things Done

Today, I want to share one of the biggest secrets I’ve discovered. It’s the secret to some of the most productive people I know and it’s non-intuitive. SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DON’T MAKE TO-DO LISTS.

Friday, Aug 5, 2016

Schedules Aren't a Constraint on Life, They Let You Live It

I still highly doubt I’ll ever work a traditional job but I’m beginning to see that schedules aren’t taking away my freedom, but instead they are giving me a very reasonable way to manage my time.

Monday, Jul 18, 2016

How do you create productive habits?

I’m curious to hear what you people do to create productive habits? Any apps or other methods you suggest for habit creation?

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016

23 Productivity Tips From Digital Nomads Around The World

I’d love to share the full list of productivity tips with you, hoping this list sparks some thoughts and ideas for next time you’re looking to get productive working remotely.

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016

A simple mind hack that helps beat procrastination

To beat procrastination, a simple trick is to imagine starting the task as opposed to finishing it, and actually performing a tiny fraction of it, this over time rewires your limbic system.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Can't concentrate to focus, until it's last minute or later

Basically, I can’t make me to focus on my work until it’s really close to the deadline of my task or even later. I keep procrastinating or code other things, but the one task that I know is my highest priority and the one that should be done, always gets ignored until last minute… Anyone else had this?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Read Less. Learn More.

What would you say if I told you that reading one book can be more valuable than reading fifty? That re-reading something familiar is more valuable than reading something new? What would you say if I told you that you could learn more by reading less?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop

How exactly does procrastination work, and how do you stop it? Psychological research, comics and “The Simpsons” will explain.

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016

This Googler Explains How To Design Your Time Rather Than Manage It

Breaking all your tasks into quadrants can help you become more strategic about how you work.

Monday, Mar 28, 2016

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

Thursday, Mar 24, 2016

Why You Should Stop Reading About Productivity

But the reason you’re not productive isn’t because you don’t know what to do with all of your extra time, it’s because the hours of your day have been wasted. If you’ve already spent 8 hours doing something unrelated to what you should be doing, no tip or trick will help you gain back that time. It’s gone.

Monday, Feb 15, 2016

The question of staying motivated is answered before 10 am

Getting stuff done in the morning is important because it makes our brains sing. When we accomplish something big in the morning—a good workout, writing, decent progress on a project—we set ourselves up for success throughout the rest of the day. That’s why having a morning routine is so crucial.

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don't Follow Through on What We Set Out to Do (And What to Do About It)

Human beings have been procrastinating for centuries. Even prolific artists like Victor Hugo are not immune to the distractions of daily life. The problem is so timeless, in fact, that ancient Greek philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle developed a word to describe this type of behavior: Akrasia.

Sunday, Dec 20, 2015

One Googler's take on managing your time

Recently, I wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. The response was unexpected, and I was urged to share it with more people, so here we are.

Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015

The Ultimate Guide to Personal Productivity Methods

We’ve gathered the most powerful productivity methods and frameworks all in one convenient place. This post will give you a brief overview of the most popular and useful productivity methods, how each works, and what kind of person will find each useful. It’s designed to help you get set up with your ideal workflow as quickly as possible so you can start reaping the productivity benefits right away.

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015

How to Work 40 Hours in 16.7

I used to work a lot — 60, 80, or even 100 hours a week. I let my work be a big part of how I defined myself. I wore those insane hours like a badge of honor … I loved telling people how “busy” I was … and how much I “had to do”. Sound familiar?

Wednesday, Sep 9, 2015

To Stop Procrastinating, Start by Understanding the Emotions Involved

Time management goes only so far; the emotional reasons for delay must also be addressed.

Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015

Why I Keep a What I Do List Rather than a To-Do List

But what I do keep is a “What I Do” list of sorts, and I don’t think many people in our space — founders or investors — approach time management in those preliminary terms: “What-I-do” as a foundation or prerequisite for contemplating the “to-do.”