Every once in a while we like to post a link or two that is related to productivity. Today I came across an interesting perspective on the topic of time management – How do super-achievers manage their time? Do they carry a to-do list? Do they subscribe to the GTD system?
This short post claims that they don’t, and explains why. It does make sense, but as usual, it’s one of those cases of easier said than done.
Perhaps what I like the most about the philosophy of the “zero to-do list” is the opportunistic nature of the lifestyle. Focus on what’s important.
And we are back from our quick break, more energized than ever. It’s surprising how just a few days off can make such a big difference.
In the wake of our return, we see that the Wall Street Journal has published a story titled “Tools to Manage Online Time Wisely“. It profiles Slife and similar tools such as RescueTime. Andrea Coombes wrote the article – we had a very nice conversation with her a week ago and knew the story was coming, but didn’t know exactly when.
Ok, now it’s time to get back to work. We have lots of items on the to-do list. By the end of the week we hope to be able to announce more details about our open source plans and availability of Slife v2.0. We know there’s a lot of people interested and we can’t wait to unleash it to the world.
The New York Times has an outstanding graphics team. They’ve recently put together a visualization that allows anyone to explore how different groups in the U.S. spend their day. The data comes from The American Time Use Survey.
These days, when we talk about time management and productivity, the concept of information overload often comes up. It’s a problem (and opportunity) that many researchers, established businesses and startups have been exploring more aggressively in the last 3 years or so.
Here are two short videos about information overload that we’ve come across recently. The first one is from Xerox, a corporate member of the Information Overload Research Group, and a company that has been trying to bring more awareness to information overload in general:
The Xerox video has some good moments, but I find the characterization of the problem as a syndrome a bit clichéd.
The second video is from Basex, one of the research firms that has been studying the problem of information overload within organizations and analyzing data and testimonials.