Every person on this planet has the same amount of time on a given day, it is 24 hours. There are multiple ways to accomplish some results within that time: we can work longer or we can use time more efficiently.
One of the techniques to use time more efficiently is deep work. According to the book with the same name, deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time.
As a software engineer, I need to focus on cognitively demanding tasks, and I try to do the job in a state of deep work. I found that I can much easily to enter the “flow” when I listen to easy, relaxing music. It establishes background noise that guards from the outside fuss and helps me to concentrate on the task, to mentally focus and get together.
Spotify already prepared playlists with such music. Here are couple of playlists that I listen:
Do you like to read books? Or maybe you’d like to make your commute more productive (like listen to audiobooks)? Then you should check out the app called Libby.
Some features that I like:
Libby is a free app available for Android and iOS devices. I was using it when I had Android phone and now use it on iPhone
It lets you to check out the ebooks and audiobooks from your local library instantly and for free. All you need to have is the library membership.
It can pre-download books over Wifi so it does not drain data plan during listening.
I have been using Libby for more than year now, and it complements my Kindle reader. I was looking for a ways to make my commute more productive. I tried to do some work from my laptop or read books, but soon I realized that I would need a pair of spare eyes due to the shaking. And then on my library’s website I found Libby. Since then I just put my headphones on and listen to the audiobooks.
Since this app borrows books from the library, some of the most popular books may not be available. My algorithm of picking the book to listen to is the following:
If the book or books that I want to listen right now are not available, I place the hold on it so it will be automatically borrowed for me once it becomes available
I prefer reading non-fiction business books. So to find the next title I browse all business books, filter to pick audiobooks only that are available right now, and sort by popularity. Usually I can find few interesting titles this way.
How do you make your commute productive? Please comment!
I started reading Tony Robbins’ book “Money master the game“. The book is Okay, still working on it. On multiple occasions book mentions Ray Dalio, founder of hedge fund Bridgewater Associates and the author of famous book “Principles: Life and Work”.
After some reading about Mr. Dalio I found one of his websites, EconomicPrinciples.org. There you can find 30 minutes video in which Ray Dalio describes cyclic nature of the economy. There are three major processes that explain expansion and contraction of the economy:
Short term debt
Long term debt
This simple but not simplistic video by Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, shows the basic driving forces behind the economy, and explains why economic cycles occur by breaking down concepts such as credit, interest rates, leveraging and deleveraging.