Just like you should start your day by doing the most important task, you should start your reading by reading the most important book. Take the book which is not just interesting, but also has the biggest potential impact on your life. Take the book which has the biggest potential return for your investment of time. So how do you figure out the most important book to read next? Here are some steps:
With all the books and blogs about productivity, it might not be easy to see the essence of productivity. What I want, then, are simple rules I can easily remember and apply throughout my days to help me boost my productivity. The rules should be effortless to remember and also very practical. So, thinking about it, I think the essence of productivity can actually be summarized to only two rules. Here they are: At any given time: Do not be idle Do the most important task Notice that rule #2 says task, not tasks. It means that you should do only one task at a time, which is the most important task. On the other hand, rule #1 emphasizes the importance of always doing. With these two rules in place, the purpose of the rest of your productivity system (such as calendar and to-do list) is actually nothing but to help you figure out what the most important task at any given time is. Once you know what your most important task is, your productivity system has done its job and it’s now up to you to do it.
Timer could be one of the most effective weapons in your productivity arsenal. Adam Pash from Lifehacker for example, always has a timer handy to help him get things done. And he indeed accomplishes a lot of things (how many of you can write as many popular software and articles as him?). So, to help you recognize the importance of timer, here are four ways timer can help you boost your productivity:
Reading a (nonfiction) book is one thing, but getting the most out of it is another thing. Too many people only reach the surface of the book and never really get into the treasure that is hidden below it. Or maybe they get a portion of the treasure, but they lose the chance to get the whole treasure. How do you know that you get the most out of a book? You get the most out of a book when it significantly improves your life to the greatest possible extent. Because of that, an important goal of reading books is getting actionable ideas. To get the most out of the books, you should then put those actionable ideas into action. Here are some steps you can do to get the most out of your books:
I am a Master of Computing student at National University of Singapore, and I just finished my second semester three weeks ago. So two weeks ago I went back to my home country, Indonesia, and I plan to spend my vacation here until the end of July. The first thing I faced was the difficulty to connect to the Internet. I spent my first two weeks here without broadband connection. I could only connect using dial-up connection which is both slow and expensive. Fortunately I still managed to maintain this blog and keep up with emails and comments. But the fact that the connection is both slow and expensive forced me to trim the fat and do only the bare essentials.
The world is changing and changing at increasing speed. In such kind of world, our ability to anticipate the future is very important. Those who can anticipate the future will have more time to prepare and thus will be ready when changes come. Since they become among the first few people who are ready, they can reap the greatest benefit of the new trends. Most people will come only later when the best parts have already been taken. I use the term “anticipation engine” for this ability to anticipate the future. This is an important part of being a versatilist (see Be a Winner by Being a Versatilist: What, Why and How). But how do we build the anticipation engine?