reading a book

How to Read a Book – Book Review

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren is THE classic text on reading thoughtfully. Is it still worth reading, even though it was last updated in 1972?

25 UC Berkeley Courses Available via Free Video – learnin’ an book stuff for free?! We’ll I’ll be! The Productivity Cycle – :: welcome to slacker central – nifty personalized radio stations like pandora and zen habits: Purpose Your Day: Most Important Task (MIT) – Picking that one task per day that you… Read more

I realize that while this blog focuses on productivity, it’s always interesting to see what people do in their free time.  While these hobbies might tend to distract on occasion, they can also energize and fill our tanks, so to speak. I already know that Brett is a coffee bean nut,  Darren shoots pictures, and… Read more

LifeDev guest-blogger Brett has a great post on how to whip Stikkit into GTD submission, David Allen style. It’s the tagging functionality that will be doing the bulk of the work here, along with heavy use of the ‘aka’ capabilities of Stikkit (more on this later). I’ll be presenting this implementation in a somewhat step-by-step… Read more

I recently was accepted to Reinvigorate, a new stat tracking program. And I’ve been blown away. Reinvigorate does exactly what the name implies: it takes something bland like stat tracking and turns it into something beautiful and fun (if you can believe that). It satisfies two of my needs: deep analytics and an intuitive interface.… Read more

Apparently some studies have shown that information overload… yes overload… can actually be good for you. “Studies have been done showing that people can actually enhance their cognitive abilities, which helps them to process more information at the same time. And their performance even transfers to other tasks.” Hrm. I’m no expert, but that seems… Read more

There’s a great new website out there for us creative types who struggle with actually completing our lofty goals. The Behance team creates tools to help creative types with capturing ideas and completing them, which is so often the problem. Many times people focus too much on the collecting part. It’s really really easy to… Read more

This post was written by Brett Kelly of Cranking Widgets Blog (feed). Brett is an excellent student of Getting Things Done, and his blog is an excellent read for anyone wanting to improve their organizational skills with our favorite little productivity method: GTD. I’m honored to have Brett share his insights on productivity with LifeDev’s… Read more

I just got an email from Chris at Calgoo saying that their calendar service is going live tomorrow. In case you haven’t heard of Calgoo, it’s a calendar that allows you to roll all of your calendars, (GCal, iCal, Microsoft) into one, with sharing among contacts. It looks like it’s a desktop/online combo with a… Read more

Freshbooks announced earlier this week that they’ve added Basecamp integration with their invoicing service. Now users of Basecamp can invoice their clients via a couple of options. From the Freshbooks’ blog entry, we learn that they believe this will satisfy 80% of people’s needs who use both the services. Check out the screencasts in the… Read more

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