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Productivity

I just can’t figure how to follow all those “improve your productivity” guides. I’m sure you know the ones I mean: they suggest exercising at 6am; or switching off your email and Slack during the day to avoid distractions; or to schedule all your meetings in the mornings; or…

Can anyone make those things work?

The problem I have is that I work and live with other people. So, sure, I can try to schedule my meetings in the morning but I don’t think my American colleagues will appreciate having to get up at 4am to make my 9am daily standup; if I don’t have Slack running I’ll miss the notification that the database server is going down; without email I won’t learn that the client meeting I’m preparing for has been cancelled; and going to the gym at 6am would be great except who is going to look after the kids while I’m out?

All these productivity guides fail to recognise that we all have external commitments, that we work in places with existing infrastructure and conventions. The best you can do is cherry-pick the bits from the guides that work for you and try to figure out your own process for everything else.

Which, if we’re honest with ourselves, is what we were already doing.

My delicious.com bookmarks for July 17th through July 23rd

  • Senior City-zens: The World's 10 Oldest Still-Inhabited Cities – "I grew up in Europe, where the history comes from." Maybe Eddie Izzard should have gone with "I was born in the middle east, where the really old history comes from."
  • Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule – If you can't actually avoid meetings, then at least try to schedule them so you can maximise your productivity. Rings true…
  • There’s a pretty significant problem in the new… – I'm starting to expect Graham Chapman to burst in at any second and announce that this is getting far too silly. Apparently any iPhone app that allows "unfiltered internet access," everything from web browsers to Twitter clients to, presumably, delicious.com clients, now requires a 17+ rating.

My delicious.com bookmarks for February 26th through February 28th