Productivity

A curated mix of articles on productivity.

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Friday, Oct 6, 2017

Productive on six hours of sleep? You’re deluding yourself, expert says

Getting through the workday on little sleep is a point of pride for some. But skimping on shuteye could be shortening your life and making you a less than stellar employee, according to Matthew Walker, founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017

The power of a ‘not-to-do’ list

Has your working day become one long battle to wade through a to-do list?

Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017

How I got to 200 productive hours a month

Two years ago I could spend a week not working because I was avoiding some task. One year ago it was 100 to 120 hours of work monthly. Nowadays I do around 200 productive hours each month, which is over six hours of productive time daily. All this time I have been working from home, mostly on the same project. This guide describes how I achieved these results.

Friday, Jul 28, 2017

Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity

Results from two experiments indicate that even when people are successful at maintaining sustained attention—as when avoiding the temptation to check their phones—the mere presence of these devices reduces available cognitive capacity.

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.

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