Cal Newport, one of my favorite bloggers ever, wrote about the upside of deep procrastination last week. I had a few thoughts on the subject. So what is deep procrastination? You know you're in it when "No matter how dire the stakes, starting work becomes an insurmountable prospect." I remember this starkly happen to me when … Continue reading About Deep Procrastination
Listening to Seth Godin say "What you do for a living is not be creative, what you do is ship" reminded me of the The Cult of Done manifesto: If you find the image inconvenient to read, here's the text: There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion. Accept that everything is … Continue reading The point of being Done
I was reading the The Favorite iPhone Apps of Five Geek Rock Stars and did not find it useful, because it was mostly about games or things that apply to people only in USA. So I was wondering if I had my own list. Stanza My most favorite application is the Stanza app for reading … Continue reading iPhone for productivity
Attention Span I started using Twitter as an experiment, and it was the first and only social network I really participated in. It was great because I actually made new friends that I went on trips with, got the opportunity to follow the thoughts of interesting people, and whenever I was in a quandary, I … Continue reading Twitter vs. Why we can't concentrate?
The Idea A couple of months ago, I was going through a "productivity drought." I used to repeatedly bounce between tasks. I couldn't concentrate enough. Work was suffering. I thought to myself "Just how bad is the situation? Can I quantify it?" Then I started using a very old and boring concept: the stop watch. … Continue reading Why I do Time Tracking
Here is a typical day of someone who sent this to Caterina Fake: This style of working is explained further in "Don't Multi-task When You Can Use Chunking". What does your day look like?
I have been reading personal finance-related blogs for a while now. But due to obvious reasons, it had become very important to have proper habits so that I have a healthy personal finance, and hence I started doing more research on it. But what is personal finance? I like how Ranjan Varma puts it: Whenever … Continue reading What is your ideal personal finance life?
It has been exactly one year since I quit my last job. The good Things that I thought was important but didn't turn out to be: It has been one year since: I had to do something because I had no choice. I had a boss. I had to attend meetings. Since I have been … Continue reading One year since I had a salary
Ever since I read about how Arif Vakil uses a "My World Mindmap" to organize his life, I started using mind maps. It is such an utterly simple concept but yet I still find it fascinating. If you don't know what a mind map is, think of it as writing a single topic idea on … Continue reading Mindmaps
About six months ago, I had stopped reading all RSS feeds because I wasn't managing my information input well. Over the past few months I was slowly creeping back into the same RSS habit and I didn't like it. The biggest problem for me was seeing that unread count number*. It was intimidating and I … Continue reading From Google Reader to MyAlltop