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?

I recently have been checking out the various “list” programs via Techcrunch that allow you to save items to your list, in hopes that your friends and family will buy what you want for a change. No more weird coffee mugs, no more sweaters that your dog wouldn’t wear. Now there will be no excuse… Read more

LifeClever has outlined two ways [link defunct] to quickly utilize, the popular social bookmarking service. Mmmmm. The coolest IMHO is the brilliant Quicksilver implementation.  I get a warm fuzzy every time I hear of a new implementation on how to use the brilliant Mac program.  (Considering this is coming from a Windows user, it should… Read more

Yes, it’s true. And scientists can’t explain why either. But according to a study in 1998, you can reset your brain’s sleep-wave clock. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but it sounds mysterious and interesting. There are 39 other useful sleep facts over at the National Sleep Research Project if this piques your interest.… Read more

DownloadSquad reports that Google’s been updating Google Reader with a few fixes and added features. First and foremost: An “Add to folder” menu after using the subscribe bookmarklet, the Firefox 2.0 subscribe button and the “Add to Google” button The “Feed actions…” menu lets you rename the feed and change its folders Some IE 7… Read more

Kelly Forrister’s been really busy improving her productivity… by taking a vacation. I was also off email for 6 days–always a great experience for me to disconnect from the world that way. Sure enough, despite hundreds of emails upon my return, nothing was so urgent it couldn’t wait or be covered by someone else. When… Read more

Just when you thought GTD fanatics could take it any farther, Stefanos Karagos up and creates this cool GTD wallpaper for your desktop.� Now you’ll always know what to do next! Available in 3:4 and Widescreen

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

As I sit by the window working this afternoon, I can’t help but notice how perfect it is working inside of a cozy office while outside it’s cold, dark and rainy. There could only be one thing that could possibly make this working day more enjoyable: a hot cup of tea. So, as I get… Read more

There’s a great GTD recap over at the Polar Beer.  It was quite refreshing to go over a condensed section that was closest to my heart: Getting Projects Creatively Underway. In our quest for mastering the GTD principles, it sometimes seems that mapping out every single nitpicky action for a project is a little overkill. … Read more

Writing at LifeDev has given me many things to be thankful for. I just want to take a minute to stop and say thanks to some people who have made this all worth my while, before the tryptophan sinks in and I’m watching football. First off, to the loyal readers. You guys always respond to… Read more

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