Productivity

New Setup Essentials

When I switch to a new computer, I always struggle to find which applications to install immediately to expedite the transition. So here's a checklist that I have created for myself, as I'm currently going through this process and don't want to have the same issue next time.…

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Managing Mailbox

It appears like majority of the people I meet are a fan of "archiving". Creating an archive of photos, music, movies, TV shows - everything. We love to keep things that would become a memory some day. Who doesn't have a notebook from 10 years ago hidden somewhere on the shelves or under the bed? I bet no one. That is a natural urge. We apply the same intuition to our written correspondences as well. I have seen people create an archive directory for their emails which then…

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Avoiding Chaos

I don't know about you, but I have a dozen different responsibilities in my personal and work life combined. Multiple projects in the office, constant KTLO time spent on administrative jobs at home. This leads to a packed schedule, where being productive suddenly becomes a requirement and even an addiction. I follow zero-inbox strategy[1], which works quite fine; as of writing this post I have only 3 emails in my inbox. Prioritizing tasks in a packed schedule is a different kind of story, but what I will focus on…

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Stop Drifting

Human nature depends fundamentally on laziness. This is mentioned in a number of books or articles recently, including the famous The Chimp Paradox, Thinking Fast and Slow or The Power of Habit. I would like to re-emphasize that our brain tends to spend as less energy as possible during the day, trying to create habits through our daily actions and then give the control to the intuitive System 1. How Does It Work? This is very powerful and the reason we human beings stay sane despite having an overdose of…

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Reading Fiction and Expanding Circles

It had been quite a while since I last read a novel; I recall it was my late university years. Although I didn't take any decision not to do so, it was probably a consequence of starting the work life and noticing I had so many other things to read - especially on Computer Science and Personal/Career Development topics. I needed to stay in the "real world". Well, I said it had been a while, because all of a sudden, due to a reason which my memory…

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