Archive for the ‘Productivity’ Category

Theme for 2010: Swim

January 4, 2010 by Jared Goralnick

Diving in, by zen Last year I suggested we should choose just one word and label it a theme for the year ahead.  I reported back on that theme last week.

This year is a similar theme, but it comes from a very different basis—the word is swim.  I’ll explain after the jump…

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True to your core? A quick re-evaluation to ensure you’re in the right place

November 10, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Apple coreFrom time to time we need to re-evaluate what fills our days and question if we’re being consistent with who we are…or who we want to be.

This is a brief overview of why and how to quickly identify and minimize dissonance.  Skip to the end for the quick exercise.

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The Critical Path, a snippet from my first journal article (download it free). We found some fascinating correlations…

September 24, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

I feel like a scholar... This summer, Cutter Benchmark Review invited me to create a workplace productivity survey with Joe Feller.  We were able to collect some interesting data and publish our analysis of it.

Normally $50, I’m able to offer both mine and Joe’s analysis, along with the survey results, as a free PDF to Technotheory readers.  Read on for a couple snippets and a link to download the full article.

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Stop waiting for others…and you’ll find autonomy, flexibility, and productivity

August 12, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

WaitingBeing in a very different time zone than my team and clients this summer, it becomes clear who gets things done and who is suited for government work*.

Of which sort are you?  It’s easy to fall into the government camp from time to time, so this is a quick reminder of how much you can do on your own.

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Avoiding the low hanging poop

July 28, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

We Love Dogs, pooping photo from Flickr user Rick There are few expressions I’ve picked up as quickly as “low hanging fruit”—such a simple and expressive analogy.  And yet, it stinks.

All tasks are not created equal.  Those easiest to complete often deserve to be most avoided.

What should we work on first?

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Cold showers for the sake of productivity

July 19, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Shower (a strobist photo by Sean McGrath)For two weeks, I’ve only had cold showers.  I think I’m better for the experience: they’ve become a symbol for just how easy it is to get through things I don’t look forward to.

Here are a few quick lessons learned from this.

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To blame the world or not to blame the world for your productivity? That is the question. (And I’d love your thoughts)

July 12, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Jared Goralnick and the Bay Is it too much stuff, or a lack of focus and clarity that keeps us working late?  If you started over at a completely different job, would you have the same frustrations?

The question is one of nature vs. nurture in our productivity: are our delays or inefficiencies a product of our times or of ourselves?

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Bottom up 101: how to empty your inbox fast by learning from Google

July 1, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Clutter Why does it take less time to find something on the web than on your hard drive?

It’s because the internet has no order, but we’d like to think we do.  Guess again: using an orderly approach to storing and retrieving is similar to paying full price for airline tickets: it made sense twenty year ago but is a costly decision today.

Here’s how to file and find things in the next decade.

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Information Overload: an invitation and some new videos

June 16, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

imageAfter a few days at a conference focused on project management, I no longer think I’ve got it bad: I met someone last night who receives over 1000 emails every day.

Fortunately there are still people fighting the good fight.  The following are clips about the current state of information overload, as well as possibilities for the future.  And don’t miss the Information Overload Research Group’s upcoming conference in September!

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How to find balance…in 13 minutes

June 8, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Balancing Act I haven’t blogged lately because I’ve overcommitted.  When I figure out how to say “no” to more things, I’ll be sure to write about that.  But I have figured out how to make better use of the time I do spend working and relaxing.

The following is a video of me from WordCamp Mid-Atlantic talking about both productivity at work and balance in life.  Though the presentation was initially geared toward blogging, there are 13 minutes I’ve highlighted that I hope you’ll enjoy.

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