The question "Why am I productive?" very rarely comes up when we're talking about productivity. Usually, it's when we're not productive that we ask why we're not being productive. Asking the question in the negative like that often gets us to quick fixes, but very often does not answer it in a way … [Read more...] about A General Theory of Productivity
I commented (again) on Dustin's article Personal Productivity in the 21st Century over at Lifehack. His question was regarding whether there is another model for personal productivity systems besides "cranking widgets." I replied: I think we have a working model and it's just difficult to … [Read more...] about Follow-up: Lifehack: Personal Productivity in the 21st Century
Dustin posted an article about Personal Productivity in the 21st Century over at Lifehack. I was going to comment on it on the blog, but my commentary got a bit long, so I decided a trackback would be better suited. As I blog more and more and try to get more traffic, the "cash value" of the ideas … [Read more...] about Lifehack: Personal Productivity in the 21st Century
Scott over at Lifehack recently wrote about the rituals and how they help maximize time. There are two rituals that I think are especially important: waking up and working. The Wake Up Ritual Few things make as much of an impact on the day as when and how you wake up. Fighting with the alarm … [Read more...] about Lifehack, The Power of Rituals, and Flourishing
One of the things I like most about the GTD-methodology is how easy it is to get back on the GTD horse once you've fallen off. One of the things I like least about the GTD-methodology is how easy it is to fall off of the horse. Given the discussions that have occurred on the blogosphere about … [Read more...] about Falling Off of the Horse and GTD
A note from Charlie: This post was published before I developed the S.T.A.R method, which is a much more effective way to handle the volume of email we get nowadays. 2007 was a much simpler era of email management. Email has become the primary method of communication for most people in nearly all … [Read more...] about R.A.F.T: Managing Email Rather Than Letting Email Manage You
Glen has recently posted an article on LifeDev that resounds quite true. My original peak-time was in the morning from about 7:30 to 11:30, but I stopped getting up earlier and have actually managed to collapse onto the time of 8:30 to 12:30. Sometimes I catch another sprint from 1:30 to 5pm, but … [Read more...] about Morning Person Tester: Are You Working At the Wrong Time?
Some days you wake up knowing that you're not going to get much done (today was one of those days for me). Popular wisdom would tell you to drink your joe, open up your work, and get to it. In this case, I think popular wisdom is wrong. Let's suppose that you've got a 20-page project that you've … [Read more...] about To Work or Not to Work…That Is the Question