Does 'Batching' Increase Productivity?
After a day of strict task 'batching', Cal Newport concludes that the resulting inconvenience in workflow was worth it for the reduced distraction and increased quality of his work.
What's the Latest Development?
Cal Newport spent a day of forced focus, or batching. He says he's a to-do list creative—he has to keep up with logistical tasks but also needs long bouts of focus on hard problems. Continuous partial attention doesn't cut it. The obvious solution is batching—check email only a few times a day, work in big chunks without distraction, etc. "Everyone has heard this suggestion. But almost no one follows it. This is why I launched my experiment. I wanted to see what would happen if I forced myself to batch."
What's the Big Idea?
Newport found that to do batching right requires strict rules and these can more life more difficult. "However, if you survive the annonyance, there's also no avoiding the reality that your work will be of a much higher quality." That's the trade-off: inconvenience in your daily workflow in exchange for an increased quality of your work.
Are we trying to solve too many problem with technological solutions?
- Technology has given humanity the amazing ability to fix almost any problem, conditioning us to search for technological remedies to what might be social problems.
- Alleviating social inequity is a problem that technology must necessarily attempt to solve, but technology alone cannot shape how humans assemble their societies.
- Only by emphasizing the primary place of individual identity, human dignity, and universal values like empathy and emotion, can we hope to solve global issues that, so far, technology has been unable to conquer.
Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Action for Change Agents
With his collected letters recently being published, it's time to revisit this extraordinary thinker.
- Though the British philosopher died in 1973, his work continues to make an impact.
- A recently published collection, The Collected Letters Alan Watts, is a deep dive into his personal correspondences.
- Watts was an early proponent for spreading Eastern philosophy to Western culture.
Long hidden under trees, it's utterly massive
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