The Pomodoro Technique breaks down your tasks into shorter, focused sessions with regular breaks. It’s one of the simplest and easiest to implement productivity hacks around.
How mind maps can relieve the stress of planning big events.
This is the second post in the series Ideas From Start to Finish. If there’s one thing I’ve learned developing web applications is that you have to start working on the idea right away. Channeling that enthusiasm and adrenaline is a great way to kick-start the project. However, while adrenaline is great for short-term results,… Read more
Marc Andreessen’s blog has an interesting little snippet from the book The Medici Effect boldly stating: Brainstorming Sucks. (I paraphrased for emphasis.) In a [1987 study, researchers] concluded that brainstorming groups have never outperformed virtual groups. Of the 25 reported experiments by psychologists all over the world, real groups have never once been shown to… Read more
The Mind Mapping Software Weblog has a nice comparison complete with charts that show the differences between online mind-mapping applications.Ã‚Â The article focuses on four of the most popular mapping software: Mindomo, Bubbl.us, Mindmeister and Thinkature. I think my favorite is still Bubbl.us, but that’s probably because I’ve played with it most.Ã‚Â What’s your favorite… Read more
MSNBC has an interesting article titled “Meetings make us dumber, study shows“.Ã‚Â Here’s the point that really drove it home for me: “The researchers speculate that when a group of people receives information, the inclination is to discuss it. The more times one option is said aloud, the harder it is for individuals to recall… Read more
Oddly enough, this makes sense. Typically, when one things of creative settings, one thinks of the open sea, or an endless skyline, or a blank canvas.Ã‚Â All of these things have one common theme between them: endless possibilities. However, if we really need to think creatively, we almost need to have some boundaries.Ã‚Â Why?Ã‚Â Well,… Read more
Merlin at 43F points us to a terrific (mac only) resource for writers: Scrivener. Scrivener is more or less a project management tool for writers. It allows you to: edit multiple documents create “corkboards” to storyboard and arrange thoughts use a fully-featured outliner track keywords (like themes) you write about full screen edit … and… Read more
For me, creativity has always come in fits and starts. I can’t control it, and I certainly can’t predict it. Creativity diarrhea, if you will. It just kind of happens. Steve Pavlina has a great article with 7 steps to maximizing creative output, a must-read for anyone serious about making the most of their creative… Read more
Interruptions are the bane of productivity, whether they come from other co-workers or your environment. While a distractive environment can severely hamper your ability to focus (email pop-ups in your taskbar, loud music, etc.), other people can be the biggest causes for a lapse in productivity. Part of the interruptions are mandatory, but a culture… Read more
Doc Searls has a very convincing argument as to why collaboration is better when developing ideas, with a list of ten ideas about ideas. Doc is a major member of the Linux community and very fond of the Open Source movement, so it’s no surprise most of his list gravitates toward the thinking that ideas… Read more