Posts Tagged: Efficiency

Routine

The past two weeks have taught me something important about myself. While I enjoy randomness and spontaneity, it just isn’t great for my productivity. If I allow my work life to be too chaotic, I maximize for creativity, but not for production. So, going forward, I’m going to focus on what type of work I… Read more »

Procrastination

Since it’s late on Saturday and I’m still trying to figure out what area I need to work on in my life for next week, my decision was made automatically. Next week’s area of focus is: procrastination! So, I’ll spend this week ruthlessly fighting my tendency to procrastinate on certain tasks. Hopefully, making this my… Read more »

Shrinking the Firehose

As part of my attempt to focus my effort on the more important tasks I have on my todo list, I’ve decided to start carving away at some tasks that eat away at either my time or my attention. The largest two areas that I found I could chip away at without sacrificing time on… Read more »

High Efficiency Exercise

As part of my new regimen, I’ve built in daily exercise. This is extra exercise on top of whatever walking I already do. Some people count walking as exercise, but for me it’s just my normal mode of transportation. My goal in my life pivot is to improve myself in the most efficient way possible…. Read more »

80/20 Rule

I think almost everyone has heard of the 80/20 rule, also called the Pareto Principle. At it’s simplest form, it says that 80% of effects come from 20% of the causes. For example, in business, 80% of your profits come from 20% of your work. That means that the other 80% of the time that… Read more »

Distraction

This is a personal post involving some introspection on my part, so it may not be of use to everyone. If not, I apologize, but I’m going to be a bit self indulgent in this post. I am currently attempting what amounts to a “pivot” for my life in general. I have spent the past… Read more »

Perfectionism Is Dangerous!

I was reminded the other day by an article by Joshua Rivera of Lifehacker that you have to be careful about trying to achieve perfection in whatever you create. He linked to a video with the late David Foster Wallace from when he spoke on the topic of ambition on the PBS show, “Blank on… Read more »

You Goofing Off? No, I’m Compiling!

Now that I’m getting back into real coding again (not just html & CSS) I’m being reminded that a large part of coding, especially when you’re new to a language and make a lot of mistakes, is waiting for code to compile. I’d say that I don’t mind it, but that wouldn’t be true. I’m… Read more »

The Need For Speed!

Last week we noticed something alarming about our websites. They had become incredibly slow. I don’t mean taking a few seconds to load. I mean 15-20 seconds and sometimes more than that. This is the kind of slow where even I don’t want to go to my site. I learned two things from this. I… Read more »

Increasing Productivity On Side Projects

I had a few minutes to take a quick break today, so I skimmed through some more of the ebook of Quora’s best answers of 2010-2012 that I talked about last week. The answer that jumped out at me this time was from Kah Keng Tay, who is an engineer at Quora. It was in… Read more »