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Thoughts on Being Productive

manage your day to day

I’ve been reading Manage Your Day to Day (Amazon), which is a nice book on people’s personal approaches to productivity. It’s reminded me of some things, and given me some things to reflect on.

I used to be really into productivity, but now I have some things that I keep in mind, and that works for me. So, rather than pulling out highlights, I thought I would write down some of the things that I remind myself of continually, that I think make me more productive.


  • My task list fits on one post-it, I rewrite it when it gets messy (typically, 2-3 times a week).
  • My job is not to respond to email (email is never top priority).
  • Coding is important, send out at least one CL every day.
  • Always have a big (career improving) goal to work towards – make progress on it every week.
  • When I’m mentally done, leave (don’t stay and break things!)


  • Exercise is important, prioritise it.
  • Sleep is important, prioritise it.
  • If it’s less than 30 minutes, walk.
  • One day a week, no computer.
  • Don’t be one dimensional (read, watch, visit things that are not related to the tech industry).

A while ago, I wrote about making time for side projects.

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