Getting Things Done: The productivity technique. If you read one book, read this one. You will learn how to deal with all the stuff around you without being overwhelmed.
Atomic Habits set you up for success.
Pomodoro Technique: 25 minutes of uninterrupted work. Then a five minute break and back to work.
Envelope Budgeting to manage your finances.
How a password changed my life: How often do you type your password? What if it would remind you of your goal?
Take a Nap! Change your life: Taking a nap works better (and is healthier) than drinking coffee.
Krisp to remove background noises so you can have a call next to a construction site without anyone noticing.
Meeter to quickly join meetings across different accounts without having to manually switch them.
There’s a whole class of bugs that comes down to the developer followed very specific instructions without understanding the goal. And a well-meaning manager will take that to mean I wasn’t specific enough in my instructions. No! Computers need instructions. Humans need understanding.
I like to take developers with me when visiting customers. A common understanding of the goal removes so much friction and makes life so much easier.
I also recommend Basecamp’s Shape up to break down the barrier between product and IT and have small teams work closely together to ship a new product or feature.
When a promoter booked the rock band Van Halen they needed to provide a bowl of M&Ms, having all brown ones sorted out.
As lead singer David Lee Roth explained in a 2012 interview, the bowl of M&Ms was an indicator of whether the concert promoter had actually read the band’s complicated contract.
“Van Halen was the first to take 850 par lamp lights — huge lights — around the country,” Roth said. “At the time, it was the biggest production ever.” In many cases, the venues were too outdated or inadequately prepared to set up the band’s sophisticated stage.
“If I came backstage, having been one of the architects of this lighting and staging design, and I saw brown M&Ms on the catering table, then I guarantee the promoter had not read the contract rider, and we would have to do a serious line check” of the entire stage setup, Roth said.