The 18 Minute Plan

I rather like this 18-minute plan for focus – not just because it helps us to feel more organized and calmer, but also because ritual frees us up to do better creative work and serve one another more fully. Here’s the plan (it’s a short read!): We start every day knowing we’re not going to get it [Read More...]

Staying Busy – or Getting Things Done?

Over at Inc, Paul Brown writes about why staying busy isn’t the same as getting things done: Just because you show up at work every day and put in long hours doesn’t mean you are getting the right things done. In fact, thinking about the numbers of hours you work just confuses the issue. Time is [Read More...]

Beware of Three-Second Distractions

Here’s a surprising fact (or maybe not): even a 3-second distraction can screw you up, especially at work: Researchers asked 300 Michigan State University undergrads to complete a tedious computer exercise in which subjects needed to remember exactly where they were in a precise sequence of tasks. The researchers evilly programmed interruptions to occur after [Read More...]

Productivity Tips – from the SAT

Two weeks ago, the news broke that the College Board is changing the SAT, the test that nearly every high school junior and senior takes (and that decades of high school graduates remember with either rueful fondness or PTSD). Over at The High Calling, Marcus Goodyear considers productivity tips gleaned from the switch: No one can [Read More...]


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