Thank you, Malcolm Gladwell’s floating head. We send you off to the weekend with the hope that you’re all sorts of happy, working, and fulfilled — 9 to 5, and 5 to 9!
[E]very hour you work over 40 hours a week is making you less effective and...– Sara Robinson in her popular Salon piece makes the case for the 40 hour work week, and it’s hard not to nod in agreement to the guideline of “eight for work, eight for sleep and eight for what we will.” Are you nodding too? What about you, hard-working entrepreneurs?
Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see...– Laura Vanderkam puts your perception of how busy you are in poignant, new light - WSJ, Are You As Busy As You Think?
I was once asked: if an organization could teach only one thing to its...– A strategic advisor to CEOs and leadership teams, Peter Bregman writes that the most impactful thing that an organization can do for employees is to teach people how to learn by spending a few minutes reflecting at the end of the day. As our iDoneThis users already know, there is indeed efficiency...
Wise words to get us started this Monday!
We have a fucked-up perception of time. We count hours but discount how...– Check out writer and designer Jack Cheng’s great piece from a couple years back, Thirty Minutes a Day on the best way to learn something new. Cheng mentions the same Seinfeld calendar productivity trick that helped spark the creation of iDoneThis, pointing out that “When trying to...
Jason Fried, co-founder of 37signals and co-author of Rework, found that when people wanted to get stuff done, their answer was rarely the office but instead someplace where they wouldn’t encounter externally imposed distractions. What’s perhaps most insightful about Fried’s 2010 TEDxMidwest talk is his comparison of work to sleep when thinking about why stretches of...
How Sourceninja Gets an Extra 7 Hours of...
We went through AngelPad with the guys at Sourceninja, so we’re proud that they’re one of our oldest and most loyal customers. Sourceninja is worry-free open source management made simple. One of the first lessons of AngelPad that the founder Thomas Korte impressed upon us was to maximize every minute of every meeting, because time spent in meetings has a multiplier effect. Every...
Some useful tips for creative and non-creative types alike!
Remember that rules – even productivity rules – are made to be broken.– Number 10 in The 99%’s helpful collection of 10 Laws of Productivity.
How Code Academy Manages Rapid Growth
I’m a huge fan of the folks at Code Academy because they’re builders, and on top of that, their mission is to empower others to create. It makes perfect sense then that after they heard about the concept of Google snippets, their first instinct was the build the product themselves. They went from the thought, “man, I wish there was an app for that,” straight into action....
We love helping you keep track of your small efforts day in and day out!
Positivity Drives Productivity
Watch Shawn Achor’s entertaining, thought-provoking TEDxBloomington talk on the power of positive psychology. The author of The Happiness Advantage and CEO of Good Think Inc., a research and consulting firm, points out that the common understanding that happiness as the last thing to happen after success achieved by working hard has the order all wrong. Instead, raising the level of...
The Hottest Productivity Booster
We want to know: what are your favorite productivity boosters? Drinking eight glasses of water? Listening to classical music? Turning off the internet? Chair yoga? What little things help you get more done? Our interview with Matthew Stibbe veered into tea-related territory, which wasn’t included in our profile. We wanted to share his take on why tea works for his productivity and his...
Feeling genuinely appreciated lifts people up. At the most basic level, it makes...– Tony Schwartz, Why Appreciation Matters So Much, HBR. While appreciation matters for engaging workers, Schwartz points out that we’re not accustomed to using the language of positive emotion in the workplace. How do you express appreciation to workers?
Ben Franklin, that man of many hats, started and ended each day asking himself some pretty good questions! Plus, a lesson from this very productive man — remember to sleep, eat meals, and leave some time for diversion! What good will you do today? We hope iDoneThis helps you put things in their places, examine your day, and answer: what good have you done today?
How Pipedrive Achieves International Scale by...
The reason why we exist is to help companies like Pipedrive work richly. They have an amazing story — they’ve gone from Timo selling books door-to-door in San Jose to a company that spans three continents and has created one of the hottest and most useful CRM tools on the market today. We’re so proud to be an ingredient in their success. I love the guys at Pipedrive because...