Cal Newport of the Study Hacks blog shares his thoughts on freestyle productivity.
Episode 1582: Freestyle Productivity: Balancing Systems and Simplicity When Organizing Your Life by Cal Newport
Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004.
In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age as a professor, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work.
His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy, and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive.
The original post is located here: http://calnewport.com/blog/2009/10/02/freestyle-productivity-balancing-systems-and-simplicity-when-organizing-your-life/
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Of optimal living daily. This is optimal living daily episode, fifteen eighty two freestyle productivity, bouncing systems and simplicity
when organizing your life by Karl Newport of CALL Newport dot com
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systems and simplicity when organizing your life by Karl New Port of CALL Newport DOT come a geek, goes back to basics,
I recently received an email from a college freshmen. He described himself as a kind of a techie person which he then
ambiguously confirmed by noting that his productivity system made use of ever note his Iphone a counter uptake
mission and an online to do list service, like adopting new guy,
isn't technology told me, but I feel becoming more.
a hindrance than help fed up with the maintenance of his crowded, stable of productivity tools. The student recently try an experiment in simplicity used
the paper no book to informally organizes day. These were the most
two days of my life, he said: does this mean that
was converted to productivity luddite, not quite though he had enjoyed it
its productivity. He still felt a creeping dread about his new approach. I am afraid that if I only depend on paper in pencil, MA lose something important or would be too hard to navigate after a few days. The students problem is a common one. How'd, you balance high tech, rigid solution.
And with low tech, informal solutions when organizing your student life freestyle productivity, having spent the last decade systematically experimenting with student organizational stir
Oh geez, I found that the following balance produces the most consistent results, high tech and highly structures. Solutions are best for capture and low tech and loosely structures. Solutions are best for planning is a term capturing the GDP sense of the word. A commonplace were all of the stuff in your life can be reliably stored so that your mind doesn't have to worry about it. This includes tasks: appointments in projects as a student from earlier noticed
he hardly use simple paper based solutions for capture the number of tasks in your life, for example, can be voluminous and soon overwhelm notebooks, transforming them into a mash of crossed out unclear jottings
I prefer simple online solutions that can be accessed from any computer will use
calendar and Google tasks, because I can use them from my gmail account, which is
One website, I know I'll return to many times a day, though these tools are grave for capturing stuff. They also turn out to be
terrible for planning what to do with this stuff. Most people who try
The systematic approach to planning know what I mean who, among
as has been assigned priority based days to our task, less only to find that we spend more time resetting deadlines and actually doing the work. As the student also discovered a loser approached a planning works better used a blank notebook to organise his days
having to be a firm believer in the use of a plan. Dot text file, which is similar, as I explained in an earlier posed each Monday, a record in a simple text. While a plan for my upcoming weak there are no rules for this plan, sometimes include pages of discussion about changing the rhythm of my workflow other time.
short and practical, like Monday, is all about submitting this paper tuesdays about experimenting with the data collection tools, cetera? The important point is that
trust my mind's ability to build a type of plan that best suits the current situation. It will always outperform a rigid system. This freestyle approach provides an answer to the contrary. Faced by the student, the reason he feels conflicted, because neither of his productivity approaches are bad
in isolation. He should continue to use his iphone and fancy counter applications to capture wrangle the stuff in his life. At the same time, he should allow himself to flexibility
to make weekly plans that are not constrained by strict rules. A blank sheet of no book
whereas he learned can outperform even the fancy scheduling system so long as the work to be scheduled is held somewhere safe. The freestyle lifestyle averse promoted this approach to productive
interposed from last November. The idea is important enough, however, that I thought it worth reiterating here. Before concluding, I want to address the most common complaint about this philosophy, notably the worry that freestyle productivity clashes with my canonical advice on autopilot schedules, time blocking Sunday, rituals and similarly structured approaches to planning here's d
an observation, freestyle productivity, doesn't eliminate structure in your planning. It just eliminates its status as unchangeable. It's perfectly fine for your plan. Don T accede to safer
Well, I'm gonna keep using my autopilot schedule this week because it seems to be really helping at the same time is also expected. They your plan, dot text, he might say,
made the following changes to my autopilot, because the timing is not working out or even I'm dropping this approach altogether,
two instead try, in other words the collection of productivity tactics, I've presented on this blog
can be seen as an arsenal of weapons at the disposal of your flexible and always evolving work, plan,
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for she list or a business idea things I want to capture remember for later. I guess you know pad out for that same with appointments are using electronic calendar, but then actually planning things out
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