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“If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success” (Ecclesiastes 10:10, NIV).
Contexts #software - "Switch between application windows effortlessly — with Fast Search, a better Command-Tab, a Sidebar or even a quick gesture. Includes fantastic features for multiple spaces & multiple displays."
Flowstate - "Flowstate is guided by a simple philosophy: flow, then react. It is the first writing tool to emphasize the distinction between writing and editing. Unlike other writing programs, Flowstate features a sacred space for initial creation, with rigid laws enlisted to unleash a person's thoughts, feelings, and ideas like water."
Hours #article - 1. Find a casual friend. 2. Every hour tell each other what you're going to work on. 3. At the end of each hour tell each other how it did. 4. Be supportive and encouraging. 5. Keep going until someone wants to stop.
How Minimalism Can Make You More Productive #video - "One of the biggest benefits I’ve received from living a life with less, has been that I’ve been able to create more. In this video I break down five ways that I've applied minimalism to my work life."
How to Get Motivated: A Guide for Defeating Procrastination #article - "I created a flowchart, to be printed in colour and posted somewhere visible, to help me actually use the anti-procrastination advice I so desperately need!"
The Motivation Hacker #book - "The Motivation Hacker shows you how to summon extreme amounts of motivation to accomplish anything you can think of. From precommitment to rejection therapy, this is your field guide to getting yourself to want to do everything you always wanted to want to do."
Spend More Time Alone #article - by Cal Newport. "The right way to define “solitude” is as a subjective state in which you’re isolated from input from other minds. ... Regular doses of solitude are crucial for the effective and resilient functioning of your brain."
yEd #software - "yEd is a powerful desktop application that can be used to quickly and effectively generate high-quality diagrams. Create diagrams manually, or import your external data for analysis. Our automatic layout algorithms arrange even large data sets with just the press of a button."
3 habits for better work-life balance #video - "How can you achieve work/life balance? Well, typically the most effective method is to find and enlist the services of an all-powerful genie and just wish for it. It's not like it's against the rules!"
100 time, energy, and attention hacks to be more productive #article - "Toward the end of my year of productivity, I realized that every single article I wrote for A Year of Productivity could be classified into one (or more) of three categories: how to better manage your time, how to better manage your energy, and how to better manage your attention."
How to Boost Productivity Through Building Momentum #article - "Momentum has a profound effect on willpower and productivity. Negative momentum can hurt your productivity tremendously and positive momentum can help your productivity tremendously. This article will describe how to stop negative momentum, how to build positive momentum, and how to sustain it."
Morning Momentum: The #1 Factor That Makes Or Breaks My Productivity #article - "Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And: The more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run."
Alex Vermeer #blog - "I drink coffee, climb rocks, play go, and read books. I research and use tools for that improve my thinking, productivity, and life in general. I strive to reduce friction in my life, keep things minimal, and simplify. Sometimes I write."
A Life of Productivity #blog - "There is nothing I’m obsessed about more than becoming more productive, besides helping other people become more productive. This site exists solely for that purpose—that’s why you won’t find any ads or sponsorships on here (apart from the occasional annoying newsletter popup!)"
Cal Newport #blog - "I'm a computer science professor who writes about the intersection of technology and society. I’m particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on our ability to perform productive work and lead satisfying lives. If you’re new to my writing, a good place to start is the about page. You can access over a decade's worth of posts in the blog archive."
Tim Ferriss - "Tim Ferriss is a start-up angel investor (Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Alibaba, etc.), blogger, and entrepreneur. His best-known written work is The 4-Hour Workweek, which had been sold into 35 languages and reached #1 on The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and The Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. On May 3, 2009, it celebrated its 2nd straight year on The New York Times business bestseller list since its publication on April 27, 2007."