Productivity is one of those things that I'm not really sure is even a real thing. It's nebulous. It means different things to different people, like "be there in a minute" or "we should get coffee sometime" or "I love you, too."
Sometimes the key to cutting through the fog of distraction and procrastination is a 3-inch square piece of paper
17 Aug 2017
About Grant Shellen
Content strategist, bassist/guitarist, cocktail enthusiast, survey taker
Over the last 12 years, I’ve worked as a designer, art director, illustrator, animator, writer, all sometimes blurring together, depending on the task at hand. I’ve worked in a number of different fields, from interactive to product, platform to content, VR and gaming to feature films. Tools have evolved and changed. Industry standards become old news, quickly replaced by something new. I’ve embraced the idea that learning new skills and being versatile is a necessary part of the job. It’s helped me to succeed professionally as well as realize my own ideas and projects.
About Kristoffer Brady
Freelance concept designer and artist
¶“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”¶― Douglas Adams¶Douglas Adams is among my all time favorite writers and was, by all accounts, famously unproductive. There's even a story about him being locked into his hotel room by his publishers in order to meet a deadline. Yet despite his inability to follow schedules he became one of the most accomplished authors of the 20th century.
About james williamson
Senior Author at lynda.com. I love the web but it doesn't always love me back.
14 Aug 2017
Productivity is a two-speed skill. There's the "full tilt" speed, where you do battle with the todo list in order of urgency and tick lots of things off the list in a way that makes a good feeling of achievement. There's also a slower, less rewarding phase. In this slower phase, we work out what should be on the list, remove blockers to completing the tasks, and also think about our longer-term, bigger-picture aims and aspirations.
About Lorna Jane Mitchell
Developer Advocate, engineer, author, speaker, open source fanatic
I am a full-time user experience researcher for a technology company. I think a lot about how to make our tools more efficient and clear, so the people who use them are more productive. But it’s only more recently that I’ve thought about my own productivity and what drives it.
About Sean Fitzell
UX Researcher & Information Architect, sometime music journalist -- opinions are mine @spfitzell