"Obviously creative people want to make money, and financial incentives are relevant to how artists spend their time and what they do. But nobody seriously thinks that the most aesthetically meritorious works come about through the efficient allocation of capital and labor to profit-maximizing uses. They happen, crucially, because of passion and inspiration and perhaps delusions of grandeur. The best novelists don’t make the most money, and there’s no particular reason to believe that designing more efficient incentive systems has ever been the path to artistic greatness. Technological innovation is more tied into the mainstream operation of the economy, and thus more closely linked to considerations of economic efficiency. But it’s still a fundamental error to confuse the two, and to think that wringing the inefficiencies out of our resource-allocation system are either necessary or sufficient for fundamental growth."
"Your time is your life. So when you surrender control of your calendar to other people, you put them in control of your destiny. Our digital world has broken down the natural boundaries on how and when people can tell you what they think you should be doing."
"Do you know why all of these social media sites want you to accept “push notifications” on your phones and tablets? Because when they report to their investors, “engagement” is the most crucial metric of all. It’s very good for them for you to have a buzz or a beep every few minutes to draw you into their service. But is that good for you? is it helping your cause in any way? No it isn’t."
10 Ways to Stay Focused and Productive →
1. Get off the Internet.
2. Quit tapping on that phone.
3. Make a list and go through it methodically.
4. Turn on some music—without words.
5. Make someone (or something) your personal productivity trainer.
6. Set a deadline and do not break it.
7. Pomodoro isn’t just Italian for “tomato.”
8. Be like Seinfeld and “Don’t break the chain.”
9. Have an office, of any kind.
10. The journey is long, so slow down.
Leo Babauta of zen habits is all for killing time. To Leo, “killing” is a misnomer.
Reframe killing time as enjoying time.
Is this what our lives are to be? A non-stop stream of productive tasks? A life-long work day? A computer program optimized for productivity and efficiency? A cog in a machine?
What about joy? What about the sensory pleasure of lying in the grass with the sun shining on our closed eyes? What about the beauty of a nap while on the train? How about reading a novel for the sheer exhilaration of it, not to better yourself? What about spending time with someone for the love of being with someone, of making a genuine human connection that is unencumbered by productive purpose, unburdened by goals.
"If people know they will be disconnecting and going off the grid for an extended period of time, they might actually keep that in mind as they help build the company. For example:
They might empower direct reports to make more decisions.
They might be less likely to create a special script that isn’t checked into GitHub and only lives on their machine.
They might document their code a bit better.
They might contribute to the Company Wiki and share knowledge.
Get the picture? At the end of the day, the company will improve."