As I've mentioned before, I'm in the midst of a crunch time at work. I've been dutifully tracking my time through it, and when I get a chance to sit down and analyze the results, I may have some interesting things to say about work and productivity. (Spoiler alert: even in this crunch time, my total hours of actual work per week has hovered at about 40.) But for right now, I will instead give you links to other people saying interesting things about work and productivity:
nice article from Inc that agrees with what I argued in my
post about a project manager's view on long hours: that long
hours are counterproductive, and something a good manager should try to
avoid, not demand from his or her team.
it turns out that my proclivity for
a "uniform" and eating the same breakfast and lunch most days
is a good thing, at
least from the standpoint of allowing me to make good decisions in
Having recently watched a couple of people spectacularly fail at The Second Test, I find Rands' post on the
second test new members of a team face to be completely spot on.
really like this idea
from Cal Newport about the
productivity benefit of working in a novel place. I wish I
could try it
out more often in my life! Sadly, my current job does not easily
approach, although we do have developers who do something similar, and
it generally works well for
article about the
importance of feeling stupid via nicoleandmaggie's links post last week. I don't do research anymore, but there are analogous
situations in the tech
space I occupy now. Sometimes, feeling stupid is a necessary first step
understanding and solving a problem. It took me a while, but I finally
realized that the panicky "I don't know how I'm going to get this
project done" feeling doesn't mean I'm not qualified to do the project.
It is the necessary first step to tackling a really novel problem.
also via Nicoleandmaggie, I've been hearing a lot about Boice and his
research into productivity, specifically writing productivity. I looked
into buying the books they recommend, but they are either not available
for Kindle (my preferred reading method these days) or are clearly
priced for people buying on grant money (it was the first time I've seen
a Kindle edition priced at
$85). I did a little googling, and found this
re-analysis of some of Boice's data, which I thought had some
interesting ideas about writing and the generation of creative
Laura Vanderkam has a good
post about the benefits of making slow and steady progress on large
projects. I'm generally quite comfortable with this
even advocate explicitly breaking big projects down into smaller tasks
on your to do lists. But I have a project I need to apply this
approach to right now. I want to do it, and it is stalled out because I
keep telling myself the fiction that I need a big chunk of
uninterrupted time to make any progress. That just isn't true.
so swamped with other stuff that I
even the small amounts of time it would take. Soon, soon.
I'll be taking most of the weekend off- I
have a good friend in town and that trumps work. It even trumps blogging. Have a happy weekend