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.
4 min read · 2020-04-09 · Working from home makes it hard to keep them separate.
First, have a starting work routine. Set up habits that tell yourself it’s time to start work
You don’t need to sing when you start work (unless you really want to), and you don’t need to switch sweaters. But you can have certain things that you do in the same way each morning — even if you work from home. Maybe it’s putting your dishes in the dishwasher, turning off the lights that may be on around the house, getting a cup of coffee, and then sitting down at your computer. Or maybe it’s doing a quick workout, showering, and then turning to your phone to check email.
To increase your productivity and clarity both for work and life outside of work, have a plan for the day. That includes knowing the time of your meetings, deciding what projects you will work on, and being clear on when you will do tasks like answering email
5 min read · 2019-11-06 · Sick of round-the-clock work emails and Slack messages? Here’s some hope.
future of work
But early knowledge work was still quite different from our modern professional lifestyle. To get from the “Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” era of long lunches and secretaries screening calls to our current experience of constant frantic connection, we must wait until the arrival of networked desktop computers during the 1980s and 1990s, which connected us digitally through tools like email, followed by the smartphone revolution in the 2000s, which made this connectivity ubiquitous. The approach to cognitive work that Mr. Rheingans’s “radical” plan seeks to upend, in other words, is at best 10 to 20 years old. The history of technology and commerce teaches us that we should be skeptical of the idea that we’ve somehow figured out the best way to conduct knowledge work in the network age in such a short time.
To believe, in other words, that our current approach to knowledge work — which is brand-new on any reasonable scale of business history — is the best way to create valuable information using the human mind is both arrogant and ahistoric. It’s the equivalent of striding into an early-20th-century automobile factory, where each car still required a half day’s worth of labor to produce, and boldly proclaiming, “I think we’ve figured this one out!”
We’re driven to these extremes by some vague sense that all of this frantic communicating will make us more productive.