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Archive for the 'Productivity' Category

Email is your biggest competitor

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

I mean, I get hundreds of email in my normal day at my current gig. And it’s ridiculous, as most can easily be replaced if we just used an issue tracker and wiki (which we have plenty of). Not only would using an issue tracker maintain order (tracking, monitoring, context, etc) it would let us [...]

Gmail is slow lately

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Is it just me or is Gmail unusually slow this past week or so?

Managing your Email

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

I’ve posted about this a few times already. While the “12-steps” pokes a little fun, it’s unfortunately true. A couple of my favorite snippets from the 12-steps: Deal immediately with any e-mail that can be handled in two minutes or less but create a file for mails that will take longer. Again with the files. [...]

Context switching… it’s harmful. How can we “get things done”?

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

We’ve got a problem. These days, there are no shortages of interruptions. Cell phones, pagers, email, IM, RSS feeds, blogs, and now twitter. As a developer in a rather small team, at any given time I’ve got several projects I’m working on. Each with a relatively significant duration. In other words, I’m busy, and I [...]

More on increasing productivity – get in the “zone”

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Funny, I’ve never come across any specific posts or articles on this before – until now. I’ve long been one to preach this “zone” that we get into. Especially while at my last job, I found I rarely got into my “zone” unless I either came in a couple hours before anyone else (that rarely [...]