Productivity. Collaboration. Flow.

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Productivity without pants

In the early 1940s, companies like Bell Labs started a modernist revolution of the way employees experience their eight hour workday. With their sprawling Murray Hill, NJ facility designed by the now-defunct Voorhees, Walker, Foley and Smith, Bell was instrumental in introducing the now-classic structure of American knowledge laboratories: spacious, leafy campuses to improve morale, flexible interior spaces…

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Knotes From Druck

“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” ― Peter F. Drucker If you can’t manage your time, how can you expect to manage someone else’s?

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Top 20 Apps You Don’t Actually Need

We all know the old saying, “Tell me what apps you use, and I’ll tell you who you are.” The applications we use on our phones are the accoutrements to our personalities – they’re like Christmas tree ornaments, or awkward family secrets, everybody’s got them, but it’s in the subtle differences where we all express…

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Tim Ferriss’ Philosophy on Working Less to Achieve More

Described by The New Yorker Magazine as “this generation’s self help guru,” Tim Ferriss is an American author, entrepreneur, angel investor, and public speaker who is perhaps best known for his New York Times bestselling book The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich and his blog fourhourworkweek.com. Although you may…

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Knotes from Druck

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” ― Peter F. Drucker Your future is what you make it – though others will try to make yours for you.

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Knotes from Asimov: Creativity Comes When It’s Not Your Job

Unearthed! Isaac Asimov’s private letter to a U.S. military research project back in the 1950s — how can the military be creative and come up with the best fresh ideas to help defend America from a ballistic missile attack? In crafting some advice to the research team, he wonders what it is that the inventors of big,…

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Knotes from Druck

“What’s measured improves.” ― Peter F. Drucker Set goals, and regularly evaluate your progress towards them. This gives you a quantifiable thing to improve.

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How to stop procrastinating for good. Hint: It doesn’t involve a productivity app.

Pay bill Schedule dentist appointment Call back client Finish project due tomorrow Go to the gym Learn Chinese Start a blog Found the next Facebook… One endless to-do list. Can your life be summed up as one giant list of things you should be doing, should do, or should have done? Should – the battle cry of the…

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Is having lots of options killing your brain?

It’s not even 10 am. You’re just getting settled at your desk, but your brain feels fried already. You can’t decide which pile of papers to tackle first, you’re hesitant to commit to a lunch meeting, and the thought of leading that brainstorming session in the afternoon makes you nauseous. You’ve been awake for just…

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Knotes from Druck

“Work is a process, and any process needs to be controlled. To make work productive, therefore, requires building the appropriate controls into the process of work.” ― Peter F. Drucker, Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices Keep track of what methods of working work best for you. Get rid of the ones that don’t. Build  your own productivity…

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