Sunday Selection 2013-06-23

Hello gentle readers! It is sunny, hot and humid here in beautiful Ithaca, New York. Yesterday I was out chasing the sunlight and sitting near waterfalls. Today I’m chasing air conditioning, writing and coding. Such is life (and as an aside, anyone who tells you climate change isn’t real is wrong and probably trying to sell you something). Anyways, today’s selection centers around productivity, routines and getting shit done (and programming is definitely a creative pursuit).

Around the Web

Don’t look for talent, look for people who do things.

Recently an interview made the rounds of the Intertubes showing that Google’s turned it’s data crunching skills to completely rework its hiring process. It seems like that best way to determine future success is to look at what people have already done and how they talk about their past achievements.

9 rules for success by British novelist Amelia Barr

My favorite is probably #1: “Men and women succeed because they take pains to succeed. Industry and patience are almost genius; and successful people are often more distinguished for resolution and perseverance than for unusual gifts.”

Creative People Say No

In the age of social media it’s easy to confuse talking about your work with actually doing your work. This article is a quiet rebuttal to two ideas that seem to be popular (a) success is as much about publicity as it is about good work and (2) that creative work is supposed to be easy and spontaneous.


Making ideas happen

Unfortunately I’ve been reading far fewer books than I would like to. However I picked this up after reading the excerpt and seeing the good reviews and it promises to be an interesting read. I hope to have a review once I’m done reading.

Sunday Selection 2012-09-09

With a paper deadline in about ten days I find myself in the all too familiar position of too much to do and too little time to do it in. So today’s installment is focused on productivity and getting things done (in general, not the actual method).

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Want to Publish More? Then Train Like an Athlete

For better or for worse, writing is a significant part of an academic career. Like all such things becoming a good writer requires practice and part of the reason I write this blog is to get regular practice (though perhaps I do that less often than I should). This article talks about both why and how you can practice writing.

The Ultimate Productivity Tool

In the quest to do more things and do them fast we often forget to the most important question of all: what’s worth doing? This article is only a half-joking look at what might happen if you really start asking that question.

 Get Disciplined Not Motivated

Haruki Murakami tells us that talent is nothing without focus and endurance. Along the same lines, enthusiasm and motivation is nothing if not channeled and focused.  And the best way to channel that energy is to develop the discipline and routines such that the channeling happens automatically without a battle with ourselves every single time.