Let’s see, where do I start? Not something I’ve actively thought that much about in the past but as I sat down to write this I realised that as life has becomes more complicated and grown up, my time is becoming more and more valuable. I’ve naturally ended up spending quite a considerable time trying to become more productive. I've never thought of myself as any sort of expert Jedi ninja wizard in productivity but I think my understanding and outlook on what it means and how to be productive has changed a fair bit and will continue to do so.
I like to think of productivity as fairly simple, you make choices and you live by them. What's difficult is sticking with those choices and that's where motivation comes in. I feel you really need an understanding of why you want to be productive. As with most things in life we simply don’t spend enough time asking ourselves why and I think understanding this, is perhaps the essence in how to be more productive.
22 Mar 2017
About Garlon Cheung
Designs and makes digital things @BBC during the day, normally found up a mountain the rest of the time.
I've read Stephen King's On Writing, like everyone else.¶It bummed me out.¶This is a writer with a marksman's ability to sit, focus, and write. Not just write, but create - worlds, intertwined, 800 pages long, one after another - not in that Danielle Steele way, but in a way you totally respect - and BOOM there's another book, and there's another, and there's another.
About Corey Vilhauer
Web things by day. Other stuff by night. CS writing at https://t.co/LkKV63ZqZu. A support bard named J. Sterling Morton. He jams econo.
I was first acquainted with the idea of “being productive” in much the same way I became acquainted with the idea of deliberately increasing my social media following, or waxing the peach fuzz off my face: with a slowly dawning realization that it was something everyone around me was apparently doing, and maybe I was supposed to be doing it too.
About Cameron Siewert
All tweets guaranteed grammatically correct. https://t.co/MK7k8t2Kyk
19 Mar 2017
We all eventually reach the point in our careers when we realize that we can't know everything. This realization can be a tough one for some people -- who wants to admit that there's more knowledge out there than any one mind can possibly hold? Paradoxically though, I've grown to view this limitation as a source of comfort. Since it's not possible to be all-knowing, there's little point in pressuring myself to learn each nuance of each new emerging technology.
About Stefan Baumgartner
I'm writing this piece after delivering the final, definitely final, absolutely final iteration of a new project for a client over the weekend. The temptation now is to immediately jump fully into one of the other projects I have on, firing up Sublime and jamming away on the code until I beat it into a form that I may find acceptable.
About Brendan Dawes
Designer. Arrived at the intersection of design and technology. Couldn't find a parking space. Went home.