Category Archives: Working smarter

Productivity porn and structured procrastination

Productivity porn: unexpected ways to max your productivity. Continue reading

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Simple language makes you sound smarter

Simple language makes you sound smarter, according to research at Princeton University. Continue reading

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Get yourself together, career-wise

Peter F. Drucker’s article “Managing Oneself” is a must-read: “Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong.” Continue reading

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Fixed Schedule Productivity: nice method if you can do it

Fixed Schedule Productivity is a time-management method where you fit tasks into the time available (instead of vice-versa) Continue reading

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The myth of positive thinking

What if positive thinking, aside from being self-indulgent and delusional, doesn’t work? Maybe we can build better life strategies by hashing out what got us into the messes we are in. Continue reading

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What’s next, Gen X?

Gen X finds itself, once again, juggling to navigate the hierarchy and structure of the past and the new realities and expectations of the present and future. We don’t manage like the generations before or after us. And maybe that’s a good thing. Continue reading

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Choosing an easy life

Hugh MacLeod’s “Ignore Everybody”, has lots of great advice about the stuff that really matters in your creative life. Continue reading

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Too busy to be effective

Are busy managers “busy” or unfocused? Managers think they are attending to important matters, but they’re really just spinning their wheels. Continue reading

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No time to think

David Levy’s 2008 Google Tech Talk challenges many of our assumptions about productivity and our dismissive attitudes toward the idea of “leisure time”. Continue reading

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7 tips for emails that don’t annoy and actually get things done

Though many excellent articles have been written about e-mail etiquette and effective message writing, I have my own pet peeves and (hopefully) a bit of good advice on the subject. Continue reading

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