Staffan Nöteberg is a software programmer, a process coach, a conference speaker and the author of the book Pomodoro Technique Illustrated, published by The Pragmatic Bookshelf. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden and Istanbul, Turkey.
Being busy is either our procrastination strategy or else our inability to organize our lives well. Busy people are perceived as important. They even feel they’re important. But, being busy isn’t to be productive. A 100% workload leaves us with no time to take on new important tasks.
People who were asked to calculate their hourly wage before listening to a short piece of music, were more impatient while the music was playing. They wanted to do something more profitable. The wideni
My client Saša was convinced that she couldn’t possibly work in time boxes. She was always interrupted by subordinates . Her observation was that it’s a part of her manager role to be at the heart of things, to always be prepared to help others. In the latter, she was right.
We tried that she blocked an hour after lunch every day in her calendar. We called it the volunteer hour. When colleagues requested her helping hand during the day, she — instantly without dissecting the proble
Do you manage your email inbox similar to your kitchen sink or your bookshelf? The answer will not only disable or enable your ability to practice Inbox Zero — the habit to regularly process your inbox to empty. It’ll also put you in either cognitive exhausted or cognitive alert mode.
You bought a new book and read it. Now you want to put it in your bookshelf, which unfortunately happens to be full. You skim the spines and almost randomly remove one book to give room for your new book
As you may or may not know, I’m writing a sequel to the 200K+ bestseller Pomodoro Technique Illustrated. I’ve written 1/3 in two months’ time.
Maybe you can guess the subject matter from the working title Productive People. Other hints are the references I’ve done so far in the text: Amabile, Teresa M. et al. – Time Pressure And Creativity In Organizations: A Longitudinal Field Study, Harvard Business School, 2002. Anokhin P.K. – The forming of natural and artificial intelligence,
The laws of priority dynamics describe how quantities like priority and productivity behave under various circumstances.
0. Every task you said unreserved ‘yes’ to have equal priority. Saying ‘yes’ to many things implies that you believe they can be done in random order. A prioritized to-do list is not a yes-list, it’s rather a list ordered by task importance.
1. Priority can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be transferred from one task to another. When you raise
Today, I’ll start a three-week tour in People’s Republic of China. My Chinese publisher, Turing Book have arranged visits to Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Shenzhen; where I’ll present the long-term bestseller book Pomodoro Technique Illustrated. This trip includes the keynote speech at QCon Shanghai, half day courses and meet and greet events with my readers at local book stores and reading clubs.
I’m really looking forward to this tour — to learn about Chinese cu
10 min video “Inre effektivitet, produktivitet & yttre produktivitet” från Agila Sverige 2014.
In the area of time management – or attention management which is a more accurate term – the three words efficiency, productivity and effectiveness are sometimes misused as if they were interchangeable. And if they are not blurred in that way, they are often wrongly considered as three competing horses, where you have to make a bet on one and not the other two. However, their mutual inter
From Zebra Herd To Kanban. Suddenly it was crystal clear to me. The evolutionary story of the stripes of the zebra told me why I don’t have to fail. I had so many important tasks to carry out. I fought the in-box from dusk to dawn. I reacted to new ideas and added them to Work-In-Progress. And the most important tasks remained undone. They hid in the herd.
The zebra stripes confuses the lion. Each individual’s stripes blends in with the stripes of the herd fellows around this particul
Sticky notes on a kanban board are pivots. We can be incredibly efficient, but the users of the software we’re creating will only benefit from it if we are effective. Effectiveness is when our customers solve more problems and with higher quality – when they make better business. Implementing received specs is pushing paper. Pro-activeness is to make all aspects of software development to activities to develop our understanding of our client’s needs. Continues delivery is a great tool her
Remember Barbapapa — Annette Tison’s and Talus Taylor’s children’s books and films from the 1970s? The hero was a pink, pear-shaped guy with the ability to take on almost any shape whatsoever. The equivalent in Regex is dot ..
Dot is a character class — a generic character. Instead of using literal characters, like 2, a or #, you can use dot to specify that you accept almost any character.
Ruby> 'mama 2 ##'.gsub /a|2|#/, '¤' #=> "m¤m¤ &curr