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Categorie: Focus and Habits

Shallow work: the Achilles’ heel of your workday?

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Shallow work is the darnest thing in the life of a knowledge worker – “Non-cognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted. These efforts tend to not create new value in the world and are easy to replicate.” Quite possibly, it’s the Achilles’ heel of your workday. If you think about this definition by Cal Newport, how much of it is in your day, you think? You can ask yourself a simple question to find out.

5 steps for making habits stick

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The COVID-19 pandemic has a firm grip on the world when I’m typing this. Many friends of mine work in healthcare or adjacent fields and each of them has seen the impact: from highly confused people to people, only 25 years of age, being hospitalized. What’s happening to the world is gruesome. I certainly hope the measures taken by every government and individual will result in a swift retreat of the virus. It leaves me with a little more time on my hands than expected – a holiday got cancelled – so, what do you do with your time?

6 tips to sleep better and improve your (work)day

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Goodnight. We say this lots of times. But does it happen often enough for you, having a good night’s sleep? I struggled with it for a while, for no apparent reason or so I thought. After reading a lot about it, I think – haven’t researched it properly – my sugar intake during the day was one of the culprits. Also, I didn’t have too many (good) routines to help me sleep better. I have improved a lot since then. These are my findings, disguised as tips.

Book Review – Singletasking

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In late 2015, Devora Zack released her book Singletasking. Being larded with tips, the book reads like a plea for doing one thing at a time, all the time. She writes it in an engaging style, which made reading it a joy. Although the book is a repitition of itself (Zack says: ‘just do it!’ over and over again), at the end of it, I felt like YES, I can do this!

Book Review – How to be a productivity Ninja

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In 2015 the world got to know productivity in ninja-style. Although what author Graham Alcott provides is nothing extremely new (compared to Getting Things Done), I’ve found How to be a Productivity Ninja a fun and highly practical read. It’s tone-of-voice is upbeat and enthusastic (as was in The End of Procrastinationand made me want to finish the book quickly.

Book Review – The End of Procrastination

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Procrastination. For a non-native English speaker hard to pronounce, yet very easy to do. Everyone does it. I did at work. A lot. It got worse. Then I picked up Petr Ludwig’s The End of ProcrastinationA rather new book (2018) on an old matter. Of course, I hoped to find some ‘tools’ to escape from procrastinating so much.