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Merlin Mann | Jul 21 2008
(via Rich Siegel)
A few weeks ago, I pointed you to a startling stat in the New York Times stating that 28% of the average worker's day gets blown on unnecessary interruptions -- helping contribute to a crisis that a company like Intel now considers a $1 billion per year problem. From yesterday's Guardian comes more numbers on the growing cost of distraction:
Of course, as the Inbox Zero guy, I think a real eye-opener sneaks in with this passing note about the cost of all those noisy email notifications you created:read more »
Merlin Mann | Jun 12 2008
How to Be a Productive Procrastinator : NPR (Talk of the Nation)
The Talk of the Nation that's on right now (available for streaming later) is on the topic of procrastination.
Matt Wood | May 15 2008
Slate is running a special issue this week on procrastination, a series of stories on why we waste time, what we do when we waste time, and how different types of people waste their time.
My favorites of the bunch so far:read more »
Merlin Mann | May 6 2008
I'm still in a de-cluttering mode these days (more on that soon), so I was intrigued by this resource, which arrived this morning via Mrs. Folders.
While primarily a trade group for "professional organizers," the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization site has some handy documents and links to help with identifying and solving pathological problems with clutter and hoarding.
If you can tolerate the site's gruesome ardor for PDFs, you'll find some informative and eye-opening stuff. From their fact sheets page:
I really liked some of the Tips for Overcoming Procrastination for the Chronically Disorganized Individual or Household (excerpted):read more »
Merlin Mann | Apr 10 2008
I've been working on a bunch of (non-43 Folders-related) stuff lately, but I started feeling that hankering to come back and write something new here. To get the engine started, I went through some old posts and turned up a few (oddly self-inspiring) ideas that I want to re-share. The topic? "Getting unstuck."
I guess all I'd add -- since it's on my mind today -- is that I'm learning how much it pays to listen whenever you hear yourself mentally whining.read more »
Merlin Mann | Jan 21 2008
Here's a fun one. Our old pal (and the coiner of "life hacks"), Danny O'Brien, passes along an extreme attention aid that might be regarded as the heir apparent to his wonderful "Webolodeon" script for GreaseMonkey.
No Links Please will do its part to keep you from mindlessly surfing the web:read more »
Merlin Mann | Oct 4 2007
Chanpory, over at LifeClever, has a useful piece on what Neil Fiore calls "The Unschedule:"
Like a couple of the exercises in Fiore's book (Oy, vey, who actually keeps a "procrastination diary?"), I think the Unschedule is best seen as a fascinating way to think about thinking.read more »
Merlin Mann | Feb 9 2007
I'm a late addition to Ze's army of Sports Racers, but Jesus Heck, is this fella ever talented.
Now: off to consider my Power Move.
Merlin Mann | Dec 31 2006
I've finally gotten around to reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It'd been recommended to me numerous times over the past few years -- most recently and publicly by David Allen during our podcast episode about procrastination.
I'll save a full review of the book for another time (hint: ala, Bird by Bird, it's a terrific tonic for procrastinating artists), but I can't think of a better way to welcome 2007 than by sharing this quote, which Pressfield borrows (p.122) from the Scottish mountain climber W. H. Murray:
Happy new year, kids. Start something cool.
Merlin Mann | Dec 29 2006
I'm a far from prolific contributor to the personal podcasting scene, but 2006 brought several episodes of the podcast that people seemed to enjoy and that I'm pleased to have made.
If you're new to 43f's podcast (subscribe for free) or just want to amble down memory lane with me, here's my five favorite episodes from this past year. Unexpurgated, unedited and, as ever, featuring candid depictions and the occasional swear; because sometimes productivity talk is just NSFW.read more »
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