It's not what you read, it's what you ignore - Video of Scott Hanselman's Personal Productivity Tips
I've done a number of talks on Productivity in the past. Lots of folks ask me what my tips are for being productive. I've taken all those tips as well as tips from Kathy Sierra, Stephen Covey, David Allen, The Pomodoro Technique and many more and aggregated them into a system that works well for me. I talk about how to effectively handle large amounts email, sorting your personal data stream, how to conserve your keystrokes, the "one email rule" that you need to be effective
I'm giving this talk in a few places in the coming months like StirTrek in Ohio, DevCon in Russia, and possibly "That Conference" in Wisconsin. If you will be attending one of these events, you might want to wait and see it in person. ;)
There's a few jokes in the beginning of the talk that refer back to some discussion about Gamification and a funny back and forth that Kathy Sierra and I had. If they don't make sense, that's the context.
I hope you enjoy it. It's about 42 minutes long. There's lots of other great talks from WebStock '12 up at their event site. Do check them out. http://talks.webstock.org.nz/events/webstock-12/. I particularly like Lauren Beuke's talk on Kinking Reality, Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) and his talk on getting people to read what you write, Adam Lisagor (the world's quietest pitchman) and Rob Malda on the Rise and Fall of Slashdot.
Of course, feel free to share this post with your friends. I hope it helps them.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
And the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything...
When did you realize personally about the 'myth' of keeping up?
How do you handle your professional capacitation?
Lately, I'm realizing of it; and you are helping me a lot.
I'm not efficient less, neither effective less at work; but I think that I could use my 'out of office' time more efficiently and effectively.
I no know everything but I know where to find it (I like to read books, blogs, view videos, conferences, learn with courses like Pluralsight's, etc.). There is plenty of content spread in the Internet, I need to know what to ignore. Anyway, I am willing to learn and grow professionally every day; that's the important thing.
Thank you very much for sharing this resources and your experience.
A friend from Argentina.
Capacitación (ES) = Training (EN)
Maybe you really should do a "How to use MS products to fullest" presentation. ( I learned many W7 tricks/features from your previous talks! )
Here's Scott's post all about the speaking video he mentioned during this talk:
Reminds me of "The 4-Hour Workweek" (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0307353133) and the 80/20 principle.
Especially training your boss(es) to not interrupting every time they face a little something of nothing is not the easiest part.
Great talk! :)
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Especially interesting is your comment (and blog post) about the lack of people blogging and tweeting instead, something that I'm guilty of - or is that just psychic weight? ;-)
Ta for sharing, will re-watch again a few times, I think - if only for Darth Vader on a cat.
Kudos, that speech was very inspiring!
Two questions for you about email management
1. in the presentation you show that you have also an email folder called "Big-Ass Mail": what is that folder for?
2. the folders Inbox and Inbox-CC are showing the number of items into them, not the number of unread items. What happens with the "done" emails then? Do you delete them or archive them in some way?
Thank you in advance.
Matteo (from Italy)
2. I move done emails to either a folder called Reference where they live forever, or one called Short Term Reference where they stay for 90 days and then are deleted automatically.
This speech really helped me reorg my thoughts and some stuff I was already starting to do. I had already dropped many blogs I was reading done to the ones I felt are really necessary -don't worry Scott - yours made the cut :). And I started to do stuff while I was doing other things - like listen to this developer life while working out, etc. But this took it to the next level and I thank you for sharing this.
I was really liking this talk.
I do feel bad for watching this video while procrastinating though, but I am inspired to be more organised, blog and try some of the tools you went through.
Having fun setting up IFTTT, just wish it could incorporate more sites.
Personally I'm struggling getting things done as one man software entrepreneur.
There is really a lot of digital/information clutter in our lives these days. And instead of helping is taking all our time.
Will definitely do the "Home Work".
I'm curious to know how you can fit all those activities when we've got 24 hours or 28 hours for those who have good multi-threading and compressing algorithm embedded into their brain cell ;-)
Is there any place with only the slides?
I want to review some points in the future and it's easier looking at the slides.
Would be great if it had.
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