I’ve been really interested in maximizing learning over the past year and a half. I’ve studied and tested learning principles by Tim Ferris and Josh Waitzkin. Now, I’m on a quest to develop a learning framework that helps me learn any skill in the shortest amount of time.
Over the past 3 months, I’ve been playing Bullet Chess to relieve stress. I’ve found that Bullet Chess offers a handful of effective tools/philosophies for maximizing productivity.
Bullet Chess is an iteration of Chess where each player gets 1 minute of playing time. When it’s a player’s turn, the clock starts counting down. As soon as the player makes a move, the clock is stopped. The count-down is resumed when it’s the player’s turn again. Players win when they checkmate their opponent or their opponent runs out of time.
Timeboxing is when you allocate a fixed time period to a planned activity. In my experience, this is the most cost-effective way to increase productivity. After all, it’s FREE.
I discovered timeboxing years back as a Digital Strategist putting together pitch presentations on very tight timelines. I needed time management solutions to make the most use of my time. Continue reading “Timeboxing Will Increase Your Productivity”
Planning is important. You need to determine the tools and resources you’ll need. You need to identify all of the project’s dependancies. You need to recognize the roadblocks that lay ahead. You need to create a schedule with executable tasks. You need to do all of this.. roughly.
A perfect plan does not exist. Dare I iterate over the famous adage by Voltaire and say, a perfect plan is the enemy of the good plan. In other words, you need to move and take your first step forward. Better now when you’re healthy and able. The fact is, once you embark on the execution part of your journey, you WILL be faced with unexpected events. This is part of the process. On this shaky terrain of unforeseen circumstances you will strengthen two critical skills: Patience and perseverance. Continue reading “You can NEVER plan enough; Become adaptable”