I am sure, I am the only person who claims that Multi-Tasking is better for Productivity. This may be my subjective truth of what I witnessed. We all know, time management is a defunct concept, the state of art of productivity expert will tell you, you need to manage your energy instead of your time. _Before I explain how multi-tasking made me more productive, let me post a brief on energy management._
The idea is you match the task or the thing you want to accomplish by matching your energy. Suppose you are most productive and focusses in the from 4 pm to 6 pm like me, then do the task with most complexity at that time.
How Multi-tasking makes me more productive.
I used to believe like the traditional wisdom suggests do one thing at a time. This got my brain very tired. I would feel bored or sleepy with focussing on one task at a time.
Why I felt bored and sleepy while single-tasking
The thing is when I am focussing on one task, they are persistent knocks on my brain reminding of ideas, and inspirations at the threshold. If I don’t listen to these persistent knocks of ideas and inspiration while trying to focus on the most important task. My brain gets tired because those ideas and inspiration are consuming my mental energy while I am trying to ignore them. So let those ideas and inspirations come in and possess you. Now ideas excite us and all those tiredness of the mind is history as the energy that was held back is now free and you are taking actions on the ideas and inspirations knocking in your brain while you were focussing on the single task. This has made me quite a difference to my workflow. I feel I am able to tick off more work in a day and I am moving towards my goals faster than when I was single-tasking. This blogpost idea came to me when I was reading an article on Economy and drinking my latte.
Please note – This multi-tasking habit of mine is just a week old. So results might take some time to show up
December end was crazy work wise. You could say there was a revolution. A revolution which changes the paradigm. So excuse me for coming up a 2019 round up blog so late. But I think I should share some important lessons I learnt in 2019.
Realised my value
I realised I have been under selling myself for years. I never felt the need for any pretence, but then being naive and ignorant and thinking the other person will give you value for what you are worth could be too much to trust in the other.
It never occurred to me, how i could undersell myself. I blame myself for the same, as I have not done my home work and never bothered to position myself well in the social and competence hierarchy.
You might find this unbelievable. So far in my life, I have never really felt jealous about anyone consciously. But 2019, I saw myself getting jealous of people. Also I realised I am not jealous of people who have bigger cars or more material stuff. I am jealous of people who are better communicators, people who have that hallow that they have made sense of the world.
I don’t feel bad about this, in-fact I feel joy that these are the signs that I am becoming competitive. I am measuring myself to some people out there, who are much ahead of me in the race. It is pushing me to improve my communications skill. It’s making me think about all the things which stack up to make someone an excellent communicator.
Discovering the process of chasing Objectives.
I was feeling overwhelmed for years, I wanted to do all. But this year I discovered a framework called OKR’s. It stands Objectives and Key Results. Companies like google, intel have been using that to meet their objectives. Then I dived deep in to SCRUM a process management system and finally now I am learning how to execute by a system called 4DX (The four disciplines of execution).
Finally I feel I am getting a bit of a handle on my work! God why did it take so long for me to get my house in order. But this is just the start. Lets see what lessons are waiting in 2020.
I have been reading many articles on “how to read more books” or “how I read 50-75 books a year”. I think this is an incorrect metric to measure.
For starters – Some books are good in parts and not whole.
Why do I read –
It usually starts when I am trying to solve a problem. The end of 2019 I was struggling to set my Objectives and Key Results for my business. I partially read books by Joh Doer on OKR, and then a book on SCRUM by Jeff Sutherland. Now I had gathered some ideas how to set up Objectives and Key Results, and the process ( here scrum) on how I could go about achieving my KR.
But writing your Objectives or Goals and executing is two different things. I needed to know how do I executive or plan my tasks so I can inch everyday closer to my objectives. So I dropped the two books I was reading and jumped to a third books called “4 principles of execution” or 4DX.
I usually purchase about 50 books a year, but as per my GoodRead’s profile I have completed on 19 of them. I leave books at various stages. My time is more valuable, and the moment I have got the gist of the book I move on. I don’t want to finish the book for the sake of ticking it read.
Also, I do listen to audio books. It is easier and faster to read audio books. Books which are not cognitively heavy are best suited to audio listening. So in case someone only listens to audio books, they might be read much faster than a person who is reading a book, taking detailed notes and tagging them or creating flash cards for revision. In the latter case the person will finish less number of books but will retain more values than a person who reads 4x the number of books.
Measuring by the number of words read
If we could measure our learning, the number of words read would be a much better metric. Second order measurements like the number of notes taken, the number of times the note has been revised or converted into a flash card would also be a more accurate representation of our learning progress.
This measurement could be done by Kindle or some notes app like readwise. But I agree it is much cumbersome to do such measurements and until then we will keep seeing click bait articles about “How to read one book a week” or “How Bill gates reads 100 books a year”. I am seriously turned off with such articles on medium and other blogs. Hope we get some serious lead measurement which aligns with our goal.
If my goal is to become a coder, the most significant reads will be the book on coding or programming and not some books on writing.
Post modernism has thrown many ideas, but none of them are so challenging to our basic understanding of human biology as “Gender as non-binary”.
Gender as non-binary
So I was talking to the principle of a media institute, they had a “Queer Talk” event. The poster had a woman called Yogesh, she asked her students if there was a spelling error, the person whose name was “Yogesh” looked like a women. The students explain that it is not a mistake. The person is a trans.
The principal then tells me that she came to know there are 38 genders. Do you know that you are supposed to address the trans with the gender pronoun of their choice or zher or zhim or play safe with they.
Gender is a social construct
The postmodern idea is there is no such thing as male or female. Gender is a socially constructed phenomenon and it is the prerogative of the individual.
Ofcourse there is frustration on this issue. Jordan Peterson (the most infamous Canadian Professor) who decided he is not going to change pronouns. His opinion is that the post modern intelectuals who had started from a well intentioned position, but the idea has been completeley miscontrued. Another professor Jonathan Haidt explain that students in elite colleges in US are mollycoddled and get easily trigged by speech.
It is a complex issue. I am keen follower of this movement.
If you know a bit on Carl Jung developmental models, then you would understand how the CAA protests is actually a class struggle between the elite and the middle class.
Remember, you can be a pauper and still be elite or you are be super rich but still be middle class. But predominantly the elites are left leaning and the middle class are right leaning.
Some middle class don’t know their identity and can blindly follow the left leaning elites. Basically, every pretentious middle class person wants to associate with the elites if not by wealth then at least by ideology.
The poor here are the one who have flexible ideology as they live on daily wages.
For a long time, the left wasn’t getting any handle on how to deal with the rising Modi wave. The CAA was just something they needed. Now there is a glimmer of hope for them to displace the rising middle class.
I am on the side of elite though I am talking about the CAA in a neutral manner.