I must confess to being mildly obsessed with my Strava statistics. I love knowing how steep the hills are that I've ridden up, and how many hundreds of people are faster or slower than me. One of the features I like is the ability to set yourself weekly goals for cycling and running.
Items tagged productivity
Sometimes I think there's too much democracy in the workplace, and that what we need is benevolent dictatorship. There's too much taking account of how everyone feels about an issue, too much talking around the issues, too little action. In short, too many meetings.
An email arrives from a client with a bug report. It's not critical and I'm busy working on something else. What I should say is "raise a ticket and we'll investigate in due course", but still it's a struggle to stop myself from jumping out of my current task and straight into it. Partly it's that I don't want to be the jobsworth who tells people to follow the process, and partly it's that I'm not good enough at saying no, but I end up being too helpful for my own good. If you get a reputation as someone who helps people, people will ask you for help first.
I'm a sucker for articles on sites like Lifehacker about online productivity tools. I've tried loads of apps and online to-do lists, but I still think nothing beats writing a list on a piece of paper, and putting that piece of paper somewhere obvious, like just above your computer monitor.
There are so many useful shortcuts in most pieces of software, and you can usually customise them as well. When developing, I use Netbeans IDE, and it has a lot of good stuff, that I wish I'd known about a lot earlier. Here are some that I use all the time: