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Productivity

General life hacks

Mold your life so that the path of least resistance is the path of maximum productivity -Matt Might

Recognize the default actions in your life, and find ways to change those defaults

Spend the first 30 minutes of your day on what you want to accomplish the most

Use ‘bright lines’ to avoid ambiguities that keep you doing things you don’t want. “I don’t do X. I only drink Y twice a week.”

Get enough sleep. Seriously.

Computing

Delegation

Time Management

Office organization

Priorities

A real priority has a budget, a deadline, and a person responsible for it being delivered. Anything else is wishful thinking. Real priorities ship.

Ivy Lee Method

Links

The Dip by Seth Godin

“Never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment” - Seth Godin (p. 64)

Several curves

The dip can be what separates mediocrity and the average from ‘superstardom’ If you’re not going to be excellent, why are you doing it?

“Successful people don’t just ride out the Dip. They push harder, changing the rules as they go. Just because you know you’re in the Dip doesn’t mean you have to live happily with it. Dips don’t last quite as long when you whittle at them.” (p. 19)

Decide in advance when to quit. Don’t quit when you’re panicking or the pressure is great - decide when you’ve got a cool, level head and can approach the issue rationally. Write down the circumstances where you’re willing to quit and when.

Who are you trying to influence? If you’re trying to influence a single person, you might be trying their patience. When you’re approaching a market, it’s different strokes for different folks, so you may be able to find a better fit. You can make progress with a market, and it gets easier as you become more entrenched.

Measuring your progress means you can see if you’re pulling ahead or not.

Questions to ask before quitting (p 75-76)

If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

three disqualifiers for applying the craftsman mindset

Control traps

  1. Control that is acquired without career capital is unsustainable
  2. The point at which you have acquired enough career capital to get meaningful control over your working life is exactly the point when you’ve become valuable enough to your current employer that they will try to prevent you from making the change.

The Law of Financial Viability

When deciding whether to follow an appealing pursuit that will introduce more control into your work life, seek evidence of whether people are willing to pay for it. If you find this evidence, continue. If not, move on.

Work Right trumps finding the Right Work

Productive Work Space

The Office

The Desk