4 min read · Sep 25th · We don’t need to hide our phones during a break. We just need mobile break options that improve our state of mind—not bring us down.
ListenNotes is a great podcast search engine, and you can filter for podcast length on its free version
You already have playlists for everything else. Create a few short ones to play during a break, depending on what you need that break to do—there’s a wide body of research on the positive impact music has on our brains, so if you can match the music to the mood, you’re good to go
Instead, pre-select specific hashtags or accounts that bring you joy or relax you. The Dodo (@dodo) and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (@SheldrickTrust) have happy animal videos. Highly recommend.
7 min read · Sep 9th · It’s time to expand the definition to include well-being, social connection, and collaboration
The boundary between work and home has never been a clear line
Fast forward to March 4, 2020Hundreds of researchers from Microsoft, LinkedIn, and GitHub came together to form the largest research initiative in Microsoft’s history, now called the “New Future of Work.” Together, while figuring out how to work from home and struggling with childcare ourselves, we’ve conducted more than 50 research projects on remote work.
A New Definition of Productivityresearchers use two key types of data to approximate it: 1) self-reported worker data, or asking people if they feel productive, and 2) worker activity data, or counting the number of emails sent or lines of code written.
10 min read · Sep 20th · *** Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it out, click here. *** In 1930, famed economist…
~18 min read · Sep 3rd · You have about 80,000 hours in your career: 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year, for 40 years. This makes your choice of career the most important ethical decision of your life. From adulthood,…
As individuals, our role should be to find the biggest gaps in the priorities served by the current economic and political system, and do our best to fill them.
Some problems are much bigger than others. At the same time, some problems are much more neglected by society.
While many young people want to have a big impact right away, research finds that most people reach their peak output at age 40–60.5
That mindset is inculcated early in the training of technologists. When developing an algorithm, computer science courses often define the goal as providing an optimal solution to a computationally-specified problem.
And the choice of which values to favor, and which to sacrifice, are made by the optimizers who then impose those values on the rest of us when their creations reach great scale.
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
~11 min read · Sep 7th · How should we solve a problem? Generally, what we most commonly do, is to react based on what’s visible. For example, if we eat too much food, and we do not exercise, we will gain weight. The solution…