Book Notes — ‘The One Thing,’ by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan

Note: I have long kept written notes on index cards about the books I read. I decided to share some of these thoughts here, and will be posting them, one by one on individual books, in no particular order. I’ll group them all together on a central page later. Thanks to Derek Sivers for the […]

Derek Sivers: ‘Relax for the Same Result’

I like this anecdote from Derek Sivers* about effort, stress, and the importance of relaxation while working: A few years ago, I lived in Santa Monica, California, right on the beach. There’s a great bike path that goes along the ocean for 7½ miles. So, 15 miles round trip. On weekday afternoons, it’s almost empty. […]

Productivity Tip: ‘Iterate Toward Perfection,’ But Forget Perfection Exists

Matt Might, whose account of having a disabled child I mentioned previously, also has an interesting post on productivity tips for academics. The advice can be applied to people working in many professions, though, not just academia. I really like this bit: Iterate toward perfection Treat perfection like a process, not an achievable state. Perfectionism […]

Ann Friedman’s Visual Guide to Dealing with Criticism

Journalist Ann Friedman created this excellent graphic, which she calls the “Disapproval Matrix.” It helps determine how you should deal with criticism based on who’s giving it. As she writes: The general rule of thumb? When you receive negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants—from experts or people who care about […]