We must develop an acute awareness of the passage of time and with it our diminishing window of opportunity. If we fail to do so we cede to others the opportunities which today are uniquely ours. We must work with a sense of urgency.
Sense of Urgency – Andrew Bosworth.
Work very hard—a surprising number of people will be offended that you choose to work hard—but not so hard that the rest of your life passes you by. Aim to be the best in the world at whatever you do professionally. Even if you miss, you’ll probably end up in a pretty good place. Figure out your own productivity system—don’t waste time being unorganized, working at suboptimal times, etc.
The days are long but the decades are short – Sam Altman. – via Matt
The Creative’s Workspace. Shawn Blanc’s tips on creating a pleasant environment and effective habits for working from home.
Your Two Jobs as a Manager. Set clear expectations and reduce uncertainty for your team.
The worst assumption I could make would be that I have it all together. That I have it all worked out and never have to change my lifestyle, habits, or work routines.
Living proof that focus and diligence are moving targets by Shawn Blanc.
Best, Propst believed, would be to join the panels at 120º angles. But his customers realised that they could squeeze more people in if they constructed cubes. A rigid 90º connector was therefore designed to join a panel to one, two or three more. Thus was born the cubicle, and Propst came to be known as its creator. He was horrified.
Inside The Box, a brief history of office design.
Note to future self: always have a functioning backup keyboard in the house. You’ll save yourself a lot of hassle, and productivity, when your favorite keyboard dies.
On Keeping a Logbook. A post from 2010 where Austin Kleon writes about “keeping a simple list of who/what/where” for each and every day. Reminds me a bit of the Bullet Journal idea.
The Old Guard is the cultural bellwether of the company. I believe that culture is a slippery thing to fully define, but I do believe it is the responsibility of the Old Guard to not only take the time to define the key values that are the pillars of that culture, to communicate the nuance of those values over and over again, and, lastly, when it becomes apparent they are no longer serving the company, they must be willing to let those values evolve.
Rands writing about The Old Guard.
Pomodoro Timer. I found this app a while ago and recently began using it more frequently. It’s a simple, menu bar app that runs in the background. The goal is to help you deliberately break your work day up in to focused chunks. There are, of course, tons of variations on the theme. This one’s the nicest mix of function and design.