- My post about having a work limit
- My project manager's view of working long hours
- My post about rebuilding career capital
- A short post with a couple of my favorite productivity tips
- Using kanban at home and at work
The Relationship between Work Hours and Productivity
- An article summarizing why we should go back to a 40 hour work week. It contains some dubious conclusions about the supposed job-creating benefits of going back to a 40 hour work week (if people working 50 hours produce the same or less work as people working 40 hours- and the research says they do- then cutting work hours will have no direct impact on the number of jobs available.) However, it is an excellent and well-written summary of what we actually know about the relationship between the number of hours worked and work produced.
- A white paper by Evan Robinson: Why Crunch Modes Doesn't Work.
- One of the original research articles on the impact of fatigue on productivity: Pyschology and Industrial Efficiency, published by Hugo Munsterberg in 1913.
- A list of time tracking apps from FreelanceSwitch. Note that the time tracking you want to do to see where your time is going is very similar to the time tracking freelancers and contractors need to do to figure out how much to charge clients.
- My post about how I do time tracking with a spreadsheet (although I'm trying out an app now- I'll post about it when I have used it for a longer period of time)
- A post I wrote about not taking time tracking too far, which includes a summary of my use of the Toggl time tracking app.
Other Relevant Articles
- Harvard Business Review article about benefits of downtime
- Summary of research on how letting your mind wander increases productivity.
- Harvard Business Review's list of productivity tips
- An interview with Professor Phyllis Moen about "Work Life Fit."
- Harvard Business Review article about the end of ROWE at Best Buy
- Cal Newport's Study Hacks blog has a lot of good posts about achieving true productivity. Here are some of my favorites:
- You Probably (Really) Work Less Than You Assume
- If You're Busy, You're Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Eilte Achievers
- Facebook's COO Works Less Than You Do
- Information about the Results Only Work Environment movement.
- Common work-from-home pitfalls to avoid, from Laura Vanderkam
- Some recent research about how mind wandering encourages creativity. This research was summarized in a Nature News piece.
- An excellent post from Jon Gallant about work/life balance at Microsoft.