Knowledge work is unique among skilled professions in that we lack a culture of systematic improvement. Other skilled trades – from carpenters to welders to nurses to pilots – have been around long… Open at source
We spend tens of thousands of dollars on our education, plus thousands of hours learning specialized skills. Yet so little time and effort is spent mastering the most fundamental skill of all: how to manage our work.
Like us, chefs only have so much energy and working memory at their disposal. Chefs use mise-en-place – a philosophy and mindset embodied in a set of practical techniques – as an “external brain.”
There are 6 practices that mise-en-place has to offer us: Sequence Placeholders Immersive vs. process time Finishing mindset Small, precise movements Arrangement
5 min read · Sep 13th · Why we’re so tired of optimizing our work lives, and what we should do about it.
We should strive to be good at our jobs—to work deeply, to be reliable, to lead with vision. But, if our employers need more output for each unit of input they employ, we should be more comfortable in replying that, although we understand their predicament, solving it is not really our problem.
6 min read · Mar 18th · Working smarter is a lot easier than many people think. Here are 6 ways to work smarter (not harder) and elevate your productivity.
Basically, what this means is you write out the ten most important tasks you have to do, and then select two of them as your two objective tasks—or “must-do” tasks for the day. The remaining eight tasks are your “should-do” tasks, and you will do whatever you can to complete those.
block out two or three hours each day for focussed work.
4 min read · Jul 27th · The founder of Working Simply says everyone has a distinctive cognitive style, so you need a unique set of work strategies personalized to suit your individual strengths, preferences, needs, and…
It’s time to get personal about your productivity.
The latest app, prioritization tip, or email management strategy will not work if it is not aligned with the way you think and process information.