Makzan’s Weekly 2019w13-16: Work Done = Energy x Time

Hi <<First Name>>,

It has been 4 weeks since my last newsletter. I failed to find my attention on writing because it shifted.

The teaching session took me lots of attentions. My attention shifted to how to teach the class better and all my writing outputs are focus to the class material.

This proves again that it is the attention that drives our daily life. The attention drives the flow of energy on our our limited time.

Work done = Energy x Time

Work done ≠ Productivity Work done

Work done towards Goal = Productivity Work done

Our attention shifts from time to time. The attention drives where our energy goes. Over time, our energy output creates work done.

If our attention aligns with our goal, our work done aligns with our goal. This is what I call Productivity Work done. Otherwise, our energy produces work that is just distraction from our real goal. That’s why Work done ≠ Productivity Work done. And our attention determines if our direction of energy is correct.

Links worth sharing

Work takes time → Slack Is Not Where 'Deep Work' Happens

Instant messenger divides our day into fragmented piece which hurts the productivity.

Analog x Digital → Hybrid Productivity Method

Speaking of productivity, I always use a pen and paper alongside my computers. The hybrid productivity method from the Sweet Setup summarizes this approach.

Up hill and down hill → Track progress with Hill Charts

This progress tracking technique is useful even we don’t use Basecamp. The up hill means we are still exploring the project and the down hill is to execute the known parts.

The Beautiful of Mathematics → Math is the hidden secret to understanding the world

It is fascinating to watch different perspectives of the 4/3

Understanding something really deeply has to do with the ability to change your perspective. So my advice to you is: try to change your perspective. — Roger Antonsen at TEDxOslo

Becoming Creator → Tips for making the switch from a consumer to a creator

When our attention is in right direction, we can become creator. Among the tips, I particular like the tips 6 and 8.

Tips 6: Schedule marker time to work on a specific task.
Tips 8: Teach what you just learned.

We need to protect our time. Scheduling important task into our calendar ensures our time won’t be occupied by “urgent” but not important task.

And by teaching what we just learned. We shift our perspective and we learn the topic more when we share it by using our own words.

Quote worth sharing

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days. — Zig Ziglar

Until next week,
Thomas Mak

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