Just in time I finish my "Best of" for September, November is already there for the list of October. This month comes with a little less posts than the previous: 20 for productivity, time management & lifestyle, 2 for programming and 8 for blogging and internet stuff.
Productivity, Time Management & Lifestyle
In September I discovered Luciano Passuello's productivity & time management blog, Litemind, and since then I've been digging into its archives. Wonderful content! I recommend (to name just a few) Overcome Fear of Failure (part I) (part II is also good), Time Budget: An Easy Way to Avoid Prioritization Dilemmas and Keep Your Life Balanced, 6 Productivity Principles to Live By (My Personal Productivity Manifesto), Will-Do Lists and Topics du Jour: Give Your Life Direction in Less than 10 Minutes a Day. I think you realise my point: the content in this blog is really good. And its design... I "stole" the capitalized letter at the start of the post for my blog!
From Freestyle Mind comes a post I liked a lot... I wrote it! It was my first guest post for Oscar. Have You Bent Your Spoon Yet? is how we titled it in the end, my first idea was Bend a Spoon Daily. Give it a read!
I've read a little of Zen Habits lately (not counting his book, Zen to Done, click here to view more details), not on time but from the archives. Who knows why... I think the most useful content in ZH is the oldest. For example, Haiku Productivity: Limit Your Work Week, 7 Powerful Steps to Overcoming Resistance and Actually Getting Stuff Done, The Simple, Ridiculously Useful Guide to Earning a Living from Your Passion and Top 30 Tips for Staying Productive and Sane While Working From Home.
The Berlin Street Artist: A Parable of Passion and Practice from Uncornered Market is an enlightening interview to a street performer, focusing on how to be the best. Practice, practice, practice! I am not a regular follower of this blog, Fabian from The Friendly Anarchist posted it to twitter and I found it too good to miss out.
The Friendly Anarchist also makes September's list with The (Un)Productive Night Owl: Fabian's experiments in being a... late riser. In this world of productive early risers wannabes, Fabian tries to just work at night. Succeeds? Read this post and the follow-ups!
Marc and Angel Hack Life offer an interesting method to improve your memory in A Bedtime Memory Building Exercise. Every time, before going to sleep just give a few minutes to remember everything you did today. You will get better with time, and your memory will be a lot better, you'll see.
Charlie Gilkey's Productive Flourishing has an interesting post this month: What Are You Going to Do Less Of? If you want to do more, try to do less. Our schedules are already overwhelmingly full. Simplify!
Study Hacks writes this month about The Romantic Scholar: A New Approach to Student Life. A way of living students life like in the Newton, Herschel or Leibniz era, when everyone enjoyed their learning in a very wide array of subjects. The Danger of the Dream Job Delusionis an amazing overview of a widespread problem: the dream job. Job dissatisfaction is growing in 10%, just because some people get to work in things they love and start spreading that your job is boring and theirs is awesome.
I discovered a blog/news aggregator called The 99 Percent in September, just through a post I really enjoyed: How Analog Rituals Can Amp Your Productivity
Another blog I don't follow usually is Sid Savara's blog, but I get some of his good content through twitter anyway. In September I read the quite interesting Note Taking Strategies. Probably it is too late for me, as I don't take notes any more (in a presentation you don't "take notes", you just scribble some thoughts).
Programming, Computers and Similar
I read a very interesting piece in A Programmer's Place titled Who Killed Prolog? with a very interesting timeline on why Prolog died in the AI debacle in the end of the 80s and beginning of the 90s.
This month Re: Factor only offered me an interesting piece: Floating Point Fractions. Math tricks with Factor are always interesting to read.
Blogging and Internet Stuff
Two guest posts I wrote for The Copy Paste Blog: Optimising Your Blogging Workflow With Pen and Paper (or an iPhone) and Your Post Is Finished. Now? Blog Promotion Time. In them I try to set an effective writing strategy (in the first) and an effective promotion strategy (in the second). Of course, they are worth a read, at least from my own perspective.
This month comes with a lot of content from ProBlogger. Two articles on blogging burnout: Avoid Blogger Burnout: 5 Tips to Save Your Sanity and How to Re-Ignite Your Blogging Fire When You Are Feeling Burnt Out (this one a guest post from Glen Allsopp, from ViperChill). Two very interesting pieces worth a read: every blogger has been there at least once. Or will be. Another interesting piece (more so now that I am considering writing one) is 11 Ways to Convince Readers to Buy Your eBook. Still untested, but in a few years I will be able to tell you if they worked or not. And a piece I enjoyed a lot reading is 5 Ways to Blog Like Bruce Lee. Amazingly, it comes as a guest post from a blogger without a blog!
Another post from Freestyle Mind, this one from Oscar is really an interesting concept: The Twitter Salesman. Can you use twitter to sell affiliate products, solely? Well, you can write bots, but they will get banned. But works, mostly.
From Get Rich Slowly this month we have Growing Your Human Capital: 11 Ways to Boost Your Income-Producing Ability (guest post from Robert Brokamp from The Motley Fool). Just common sense, written down. Always useful as a reminder when we have a stable job.
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Book Review: The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield (highly recommended book)