“It’s important to take some time off to recharge, even if it’s just a day or two. Sometimes my girlfriend and I will go to Disneyland, just to take a day off. If you feel completely exhausted while working, though, I’ve survived a long time on taking 20 minute naps. It just gives you a refresher. If the goal is to get the most quality time in, I’d rather set 20 minutes aside to get three hours worth of good work than just go through it all at 40%.”
Here are a few productivity-boosting tips for all of you busy cats!
- How using 15 minutes of downtime can realign your work-life balance
- The ultimate sign of success: the open calendar
- The truth about how much workaholics actually work
Have a great day!
Here is a bit of wisdom from Park and Recreation’s Ron Swanson, plus a few tips to help you be more happy and productive today.
- The simple 8-step process to make over your dream schedule-and transform your dream into goals
- The 20-minute exercise to eradicate negative thinking
- 5 tips to stay productive all day long
Have a great day!
“I don’t use web surfing as a filler at the end of the day, nor do I leave early if I find I’ve finished my main tasks 15 minutes before I usually leave, even though no one would notice or care if I left early. I believe in making full use of the ‘small time’ at the end of the day. One of the things I learned from my years as a contractor, charging time in 15-minute increments, is how much you can get done in 15 minutes.”
Good morning and TGIF! Here are a few tips to help you be more productive today:
- 10 quick productivity hacks to make life at work better
- How your iPhone weakens your will
- Why your career should be a grand experiment
Have a lovely day!
Good morning Tumblr!
Here are a few reads that will help you rock your to-do list today:
- 6 secrets of super productive to-do lists
- The best alternative to-do list apps
- Not all to-do’s are created equal
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Hi Tumblr! Here are 3 reads to help you be more productive today:
- Why every email should be 5 sentences long
- The unspoken key to meaningful work
- 11 apps entrepreneurs can’t live without
Have a great day!
“So I set aside an hour an hour every day from 5 to 6 in the morning before the kids got up, and I set up my word limit. I had to write 500 words a day. I just sort of forced myself to do it.”
"They’ll likely find hours in their weeks—hours lost to activities that aren’t meaningful or enjoyable in any sense. Everyone has time that could be repurposed. Hours pass whether or not we are aware of where they go. Best to figure out where they go, so time—the ultimate limited resource—can be allocated to what matters, rather than what doesn’t."
Author and time management expert Laura Vanderkam says if you keep track of exactly how you’re spending your time, 15 minutes will seem like nothing.
When I looked over the log, I saw a lot of activity, of course, but I also saw surprising amounts of space. Turns out 168 is a lot of hours.”
“As the company grows larger … you will require more time than ever before to just think: Think about what the company will look like in three to five years; think about the best way to improve an already popular product or address an unmet customer need; think about how you can widen a competitive advantage or close a competitive gap, etc.”
7 Ways To Get More Time To Think Today
There are little pockets of solitude in any schedule. You just have to know how to find them.
As Nate Silver describes in
The Signal and the Noise, there’s a difference between knowledge and information. Knowledge is a verifiable, articulated signal, while information is ambiguous, coarse noise. And if we’re going to make wise decisions and awesome products, we need the signal, the knowledge.
But you don’t need to be Nate Silver to know that a key to processing signal versus noise in your own head is by having enough space and time to think. And as Ben Casnocha notes on LinkedIn, even us Twitter-addled technorati can find a little headspace. It’s not that you need to pull a Rodin and put your fist in your forehead—though style points if you do—instead, he says, you want to “obliquely engage” in two kinds of thought jogging—directed and undirected thinking.
Directed thinking is what happens when you take that monkey mind of yours and give it a job to do, like understand itself.
Do something with a minor mental load and let your mind creatively wander.