I think of this weblog as a small place for me to write. The reason I write is because I have this innate implicit belief that I learn only by teaching. In hindsight, that's why I wrote those books and that's why I keep writing in this space. The "head fake" is that if I … Continue reading Writing Principles
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
Reading a book is fun. If you have to do a review on the book for the newspaper by Friday, it becomes work. Writing code is fun. If you have a deadline next week, it becomes work. Spending time with that special someone is fun. After tying the knot and having no other choice makes … Continue reading The difference between fun and work
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?
I just finished reading "Idli, Orchid and Will Power", the autobiography of Vithal Venkatesh Kamat. Just a few days back, a friend was telling me that the famous Utility building Kamat restaurant in Bangalore no longer has quality food and hence no longer a popular place. I read this book and it gave the background … Continue reading Idli, Orchid and Will Power
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