Monthly Archives: November 2009

Study Hacks – It’s Not Just For Students

Study Hacks, touted as “the Internet’s most popular student advice blog”, is the brain-child of Cal Newport. Newport is an MIT postdoc, and the author of the popular advice guides How to Become a Straight-A Student, and How to Win at College.

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Before you’re turned off by the fact that this recommended resource is one meant to serve college students, just take a minute to look at it.

The advice and insight Newport offers crosses the student/academic environment it’s meant for and, like classic advice, works anywhere where people find it hard to focus and produce good work — which is not just the world of business or ‘grown-up’ jobs, but Life.

He gives advice on replacing busywork, which he terms pseudo-work, with actual, productive work. There’s an embarrassment of riches right there in his insightful posts. You can dive right into the one about pseudo-work right here. Continue reading Study Hacks – It’s Not Just For Students

GTD Resources

GTD , for those new to the acronym , stands for Getting Things Done. David Allen started the whole GTD craze with his seminal book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Similar books popped up and sites on the subject mushroomed all over the net, each with their own spin on GTD (which Allen trademarked, by the way.).

Leo Babauta of the well-known Zen Habits blog compiled a long list of tools and resources to help you on your way to getting things done.

The list doesn’t go into too much detail. It’s more of a launch-site to other, more comprehensive and targeted resources. The overview section includes the ever-present Wikipedia entry , as well as on-line resources — including an interview with Allen himself (more interviews here ) — like the following:

Over 40 helpful blogs and websites, like 43 Folders and Lifehacker , 25+ on-line tools, 30+ off-line tools ( for Mac and Windows ), recommendations for analogue tools (classic pen and paper), e-tools for mobile phones and PDA’s, plus mailing lists and forums for you to join.

Aside from the mandatory time-suck warning, bear in mind that all the information and resources presented here are just that — data (subject to your own interpretation) and tools (subject to your own application). It’s still your choice and responsibility as the wielder of the tools you pick to move past the planning stage and commit to action. That being said, go and have fun!

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