"What separates the most productive people from everyone else is that they make course corrections every week to gradually get better at everything they do."
Just started reading my third productivity-related book this week. It's funny - the busier I am, the more I gravitate towards reading books. (I know I'm too busy when I don't have the energy left to read.) As a result, I've started using Instapaper as a means to read more articles with more focus, I'm experimenting with reducing my caffeine intake and I'm thinking of trying to delegate more in my working life. Hashtag neversettle.
Part of my foray into the trite-filled swamp that is management books was spurred by a progress meeting I had last week with my superior. (It's one of those half-yearly review meetings where my progress as an employee is discussed. There's a name for that but it slips my mind.)
We had a lovely conversation about my productivity and what I do to manage it. I explained some of my system - a constellation of devices, Markdown files, todo lists and Outlook rules - and she was impressed enough that she wants me to mentor a guy that started one month after me. He's a sweet fella but he's been missing deadlines and pulling allnighters to compensate. I don't think he has much of a system at all, and I always enjoy discussing these kinds of things so I'm actually looking forward to helping him.