Polymathic Weekly #2

Moving to a new city, like traveling to an unfamiliar place, has this positively disconcerting effect. You notice details; you are aware of your surroundings, unconsciously reaching for the familiar, while consciously soaking in and enjoying the new. This same learning happens with new technology; the best tools are rooted in familiar habits while adding new experiences to your daily life.

Ponder this as you experience technology tools you for work and life...

I’ve tried a lot of productivity and behavior modification apps but I’ve mostly failed. I’m finally getting some success with Productive. The user experience is familiar (swipe for completion etc) and the app is set up to help you develop new habits and behaviors. It’s helped me swap out a serving of fruit for my second daily cup of hot chocolate.


  • The most productive colleagues I’ve worked are/were pulsers. That’s my made up word for people who have the ability to churn out high quality work in chunks of productive time. The work time is broken up energy (body, emotion, mind or spirit) replenishment time. Manage your energy not your time (2007 HBR article) shares some of the research behind this and why pulsing is so effective. Adding pulses to Productive...
  • 10,000 hours with Reid Hoffman is not a short read so I would suggest you bookmark. I would also strongly suggest you read and take notes on what makes the founder of LinkedIn, and a person who’s benefited immensely from understanding the networked world we live in, tick.

If you’ve read the oatmeal comics then you’ve heard of ‘What If?’. The book provides Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions written in by readers. My favorite question has to be ‘How much force power can Yoda output?’ Read if you want some seriously nerdy stuff disguised as humor.

Have a great week and as always, let me know what you think or share suggestions.

*Unfamiliar, for example, would be an English speaker holidaying in an Arab country