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Against a "Life Hack" Approach to Art Education | Claudia Ruitenberg - Academia.edu
"This paper critiques de Botton and Armstrong’s Art as Therapy project (2013-2015), a collaboration with art museums in Canada, the Netherlands, and Australia, in which labels in the gallery, as well a catalogue and website, explain how viewers might use works of art to serve therapeutic purposes in their lives. The paper argues that, instead of making art more accessible to those who, allegedly, do not find access to art on their own, the Art as Therapy project undermines the force and richness of art by first declaring it useless and inaccessible and then repurposing it as therapeutic life hack "



"I commend de Botton and Armstrong for their premise that art is not the exclusive preoccupation of the cultural cognoscenti, but can have a bearing on anyone’s life— as long as we’re willing to let it. I also commend them for highlighting that art is not a purely cerebral affair, that works of art do something to us, and that the emotions are involved in this doing. My main criticisms of their approach are that they predetermine what bearing art can and should have, and that they privilege the therapeutic over the aesthetic value of art.

There is an important difference between a life hack approach in everyday life, where household items are repurposed but also retain their original use-value, and a life-hack approach to art, where the practical utility of “repurposed” works offers redemption for purported uselessness. Life hacks typically repurpose discarded or cheap materials; people don’t turn objects they already value into life hacks. de Botton and Armstrong’s message seems to be that art is useless, but that with the help of their commentaries, these useless works can be turned into something viewers can benefit from.

Whatever else art is and does, it offers an aesthetic experience, which is to say that it intervenes in perception (“aesthetic” is derived from the Greek verb aisthesthai, meaning to perceive, sense). This intervention may have various further effects, including therapeutic ones, but art is not useless if its effects are not therapeutic. Art may make us laugh or cry or leave us indifferent. It may disturb or console us, give us nightmares or fits of giggles. It may do this and a whole host of other things—but it does not inherently need or mean to do any of them. When de Botton and Armstrong cite the “art for art’s sake” credo, they dismiss it as saying that art has no purpose. That, however, is not what the credo says. That art is done for the sake of art suggests that art has no purpose other than to be art —and the latter is quite a bit of purpose."
2016  claudiaruitenberg  alaindebotton  johnarmostring  arttherapy  lifehacks  accessibility  artastherapy  inaccessibility  museumeducation  education  aestheticexperience  experience  interpretation  interpretativefreedom  pedagogy  pedagogicalintervention  intervention  freedom  aesthetics  carelpeeters  uselessness  purpose 
january 2017 by robertogreco
Arianna Huffington on a Book About Working Less, Resting More - The New York Times
"We hear a lot about the many things that are disrupting the American workplace: the decline of manufacturing, demographics, globalization, automation and, especially, technology. And it’s true — all of those are roiling the world of work, not just in America but worldwide.

But there’s another force transforming the way we work, and that is: nonwork. Or, more specifically, what we’re doing in those few hours when we’re not working. With “Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less,” Alex Soojung-Kim Pang superbly illuminates this phenomenon and helps push it along.

What’s being disrupted is our collective delusion that burnout is simply the price we must pay for success. It’s a myth that, as Pang notes, goes back to the Industrial Revolution. That’s when the Cartesian notion of home and work as separate — and opposing — spheres took hold. Home, Pang writes, was “the place where a man could relax and recover from work.” When there was time, that is. Because soon leisure time and nighttime became commodities to monetize. Over the next decades, starting with demands from labor reformers, work hours were pushed back, mostly for safety reasons. But even today, the conversation focuses on “work-life balance,” which implicitly accepts the notion of work and life as Manichaean opposites — perpetually in conflict.

That’s why “Rest” is such a valuable book. If work is our national religion, Pang is the philosopher reintegrating our bifurcated selves. As he adeptly shows, not only are work and rest not in opposition, they’re inextricably bound, each enhancing the other. “Work and rest aren’t opposites like black and white or good and evil,” Pang writes. “They’re more like different points on life’s wave.”

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His central thesis is that rest not only makes us more productive and more creative, but also makes our lives “richer and more fulfilling.” But not all rest is created equal — it’s not just about not-working. The most productive kind of rest, according to Pang, is also active and deliberate. And as such, that means rest is a skill. “Rest turns out to be like sex or singing or running,” Pang writes. “Everyone basically knows how to do it, but with a little work and understanding, you can learn to do it a lot better.” Though he’s obviously never heard me sing, I take his point.

And he illustrates it well, showing how the secret behind many of history’s most creative authors, scientists, thinkers and politicians was that they were very serious and disciplined about rest. “Creativity doesn’t drive the work; the work drives creativity,” Pang writes. “A routine creates a landing place for the muse.”

And as Pang notes, modern science has now validated what the ancients knew: Work “provided the means to live,” while rest “gave meaning to life.” Thousands of years later, we have the science to prove it. “In the last couple decades,” he writes, “discoveries in sleep research, psychology, neuroscience, organizational behavior, sports medicine, sociology and other fields have given us a wealth of insight into the unsung but critical role that rest plays in strengthening the brain, enhancing learning, enabling inspiration, and making innovation sustainable.”

We can’t declare victory quite yet. To experience the kind of rest that fuels creativity and productivity, we need to detach from work. But in our technology-obsessed reality, we carry our entire work world with us wherever we go, right in our pockets. It’s not enough to leave the office, when the office goes to dinner or to a game or home with you. And it’s not enough just to put our devices on vibrate or refrain from checking them. As Sherry Turkle noted in her book “Reclaiming Conversation,” the mere presence of a smartphone or device, even when not being used, alters our inner world. So achieving the kind of detachment we need for productive rest can’t really be done without detaching physically from our devices.

And even though the science has come in, still standing in the way is our ingrained workplace culture that valorizes burnout. “With a few notable exceptions,” Pang writes, “today’s leaders treat stress and overwork as a badge of honor, brag about how little they sleep and how few vacation days they take, and have their reputations as workaholics carefully tended by publicists and corporate P.R. firms.”

Turning that around will require a lot of work. And rest. The path of least resistance — accepting the habits of our current busyness culture and the technology that envelops us and keeps us perpetually connected — won’t make us more productive or more fulfilled. Instead of searching life hacks to make us more efficient and creative, we can avail ourselves of the life hack that’s been around as long as we have: rest. But we have to be as deliberate about it as we are about work. “Rest is not something that the world gives us,” Pang writes. “It’s never been a gift. It’s never been something you do when you’ve finished everything else. If you want rest, you have to take it. You have to resist the lure of busyness, make time for rest, take it seriously, and protect it from a world that is intent on stealing it.”

And you can start by putting down your phone — better yet, put it in another room — and picking up this much-needed book."
alexsoojung-kimpang  ariannahuffington  work  rest  creativity  2016  books  burnout  labor  sleep  workaholism  conservation  sherryturkle  productivity  detachment  neuroscience  psychology  sociology  routine  inspiration  innovation  lifehacks  efficiency 
december 2016 by robertogreco
timoni.org - Why I wear the same thing every day, and what I wear.
Nice outline of how to simplify life through choosing a 'uniform'. Kind of unbelievable that she gets harsh criticism in the comments... if it doesn't work for you, don't do it!
clothing  fashion  design  timoniwest  sanfrancisco  uniforms  lifehacks  via:TomC  personaluniforms  pesonaluniforms 
june 2012 by robertogreco
The Complete Guide to Not Giving a Fuck
"FACT NUMBER 1. People are judging you right now. …

FACT NUMBER 2. You don’t need everyone to like you. …

FACT NUMBER 3. It’s your people that matter. …

FACT NUMBER 4. Those who don’t give a fuck change the world. The rest do not. …

How to get back your self-respect in five easy steps

STEP 1. Do things that you consider embarrassing. …

STEP 2. Accept, or deal with, awkwardness. …

STEP 3. Refuse boundaries. …

STEP 4. Tell the truth. …

STEP 5. Begin your new life. …

It doesn’t fucking matter."
juliensmith  2012  awkwardness  gamechanging  can'tpleasethemall  whatmatters  judgement  via:maxfenton  pushingoff  fear  society  statusquo  deschooling  unschooling  philosophy  motivation  psychology  lifehacks  inspiration  yearoff2  yearoff  wisdom  life  notgivingafuck  fuckitmoments 
june 2012 by robertogreco
Coworking Is Better for You Than Previously Thought
"In this European study, "93% and 86% of people say their personal and business circles have grown, respectively, and 76% say they're more productive. More importantly, 88% said their isolation has decreased, which probably influences their productivity (and happiness)."
work  communities  happiness  isolation  coworking  howwework  tcsnmy  lcproject  social  productivity  glvo  via:jbushnell  lifehacks  communitites 
november 2011 by robertogreco
8 Alternatives to College Altucher Confidential
"So I figure I will help people out by coming up with a list and try to handle the critcisms that will certainly arise even before they arise. I can do this because I have a college degree. So I’ve learned how to think and engage in repartee with other intelligent people."

[via: http://finance.yahoo.com/tech-ticker/james-altucher%E2%80%98s-8-alternatives-to-college-535903.html ]
lifehacks  education  learning  dropouts  colleges  college  finance  jamesaltucher  unschooling  deschooling  entrepreneurship  autodidacts 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Good and Bad Procrastination
"If you want to work on big things, you seem to have to trick yourself into doing it. You have to work on small things that could grow into big things, or work on successively larger things, or split the moral load with collaborators. It's not a sign of weakness to depend on such tricks. The very best work has been done this way.

When I talk to people who've managed to make themselves work on big things, I find that all blow off errands, and all feel guilty about it. I don't think they should feel guilty. There's more to do than anyone could. So someone doing the best work they can is inevitably going to leave a lot of errands undone. It seems a mistake to feel bad about that."
procrastination  gtd  paulgraham  productivity  2005  distraction  attention  interruptions  focus  creativity  innovation  work  cv  efficiency  errands  priorities  lifehacks 
december 2010 by robertogreco
7 Essential Skills You Didn't Learn in College | Magazine
"1. Statistical Literacy: Making sense of today’s data-driven world.
2. Post-State Diplomacy: Power and politics, sans government.
3. Remix Culture: Samples, mashups, and mixes.
4. Applied Cognition: The neuroscience you need.
5. Writing for New Forms: Self-expression in 140 characters.
6. Waste Studies: Understanding end-to-end economics.
7. Domestic Tech: How to use the world as your lab."
arts  culture  education  wired  learning  lifehacks  skills  unschooling  deschooling  statistics  literacy  post-statediplomacy  diplomacy  remix  remixculture  appliedcognition  cognition  neuroscience  writing  twitter  microblogging  waste  saulgriffith  fabbing  science  diy  make  making  rogerebert  nassimtaleb  davidkilcullen  robertrauschenberg  jillboltetaylor  brain  barryschwartz  jonahlehrer  robinsloan  alexismadrigal  newliberalarts  remixing 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Ben Pieratt's Blog In Praise of Quitting Your Job
"for some people, work is personal…in the same way that singing or playing the piano or painting is personal.

As a creative person, you’ve been given ability to build things from nothing by way of hard work over long periods of time. Creation is a deeply personal & rewarding activity, which means your Work should also be deeply personal & rewarding. If it’s not, then something is amiss.

Creation is entirely dependent on ownership.

Ownership not as a %age of equity, but as a measure of your ability to change things for the better. To build & grow & fail & learn. This is no small thing. Creativity is the manifestation of lateral thinking, & w/out tangible results, it becomes stunted. We have to see fruits of our labors, good or bad, or there’s no motivation to proceed, nothing to learn from to inform next decision. States of approval & decisions-by-committee & constant compromises are third-party interruptions of an internal dialog that needs to come to its own conclusions."

[via: http://kottke.org/10/10/for-some-people-work-is-personal ]
employment  entrepreneurship  freelancing  creativity  psychology  cv  quitting  yearoff  depression  advice  business  lifehacks  jobs  life  frustration  ownership  meaning  glvo  creation  work  compromise  meetings  interruptions  decisionmaking 
october 2010 by robertogreco
BBC News - Cult of less: Living out of a hard drive
"Many have begun trading in CD, DVD, and book collections for digital music, movies, and e-books. But this trend in digital technology is now influencing some to get rid of nearly all of their physical possessions - from photographs to furniture to homes altogether." [More discussion here: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/08/16/article-about-extrem.html ] [Some of these examples sound like trading in physical clutter for digital clutter.]
minimalism  simplicity  consumerism  2010  ownership  future  digital  lifestyle  lifehacks  less  psychology  society  technology  culture  trends  nomads  neo-nomads  travel  homes  homelessness  possessions  materialism  via:lukeneff 
august 2010 by robertogreco
The Top Idea in Your Mind
"I realized recently that what one thinks about in the shower in the morning is more important than I'd thought. I knew it was a good time to have ideas. Now I'd go further: now I'd say it's hard to do a really good job on anything you don't think about in the shower.

Everyone who's worked on difficult problems is probably familiar with the phenomenon of working hard to figure something out, failing, and then suddenly seeing the answer a bit later while doing something else. There's a kind of thinking you do without trying to. I'm increasingly convinced this type of thinking is not merely helpful in solving hard problems, but necessary. The tricky part is, you can only control it indirectly..."
business  creativity  distraction  mind  lifehacks  productivity  psychology  thinking  startups  paulgraham  entrepreneurship  motivation  innovation  philosophy  politics  ideas  cv  attention  focus  tcsnmy  showers 
july 2010 by robertogreco
You were doing it wrong | Ask MetaFilter [second quote from and found via: http://bobulate.com/post/785160274/jackass-knowledge]
"Crap, I've been doing it wrong." We've all had those sudden epiphanies where we realize we've been doing something incorrectly, ineffectively or just suboptimally our whole lives, in domains from handicraft to human relations to technical stuff to personal grooming. What have you spent large portions of your life doing wrong?"
metafilter  stories  learning  life  wrong  grammar  mistakes  reading  culture  lifehacks  humor 
july 2010 by robertogreco
How to Drop Out
"When you were three years old, if your parents weren't too bad, you knew how to play spontaneously. Then you had to go to school, where everything you did was required. The worst thing is that even the fun activities, like singing songs & playing games, were commanded under threat of punishment. So even play got tied up in your mind with a control structure, & severed from the life inside you. If you were "rebellious", you preserved the life inside you by connecting it to forbidden activities, which are usually forbidden for good reasons, & when your rebellion ended in suffering & failure, you figured the life inside you was not to be trusted. If you were "obedient", you simply crushed the life inside you almost to death.
ranprieur  diy  anarchism  lifestyle  simplicity  society  survival  lifehacks  culture  freedom  frugality  howto  philosophy  productivity  unschooling  deschooling  control  power 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Derek Powazek - Press the Magic Button
"If you use Twitter, you pay attention to your mentions – the tweets that include @yourusername – because that’s how you have conversations. And therein lies the problem, because anyone can tweet at you that way. Some of those people are batshit crazy like the Haight Street Guy, while others are just merely rude like the Conference Talker Guy.

The difference is, on Haight Street, you have to walk briskly away and hope you’re not followed. And at the conference, you have to de-escalate the conversation politely, in front of a crowd. But on Twitter, there is a magic button, and in one click, poof, the crazy is gone.

It’s a wonderful thing. A thing so lovely I often find myself wishing it existed in real life. So why is blocking such a taboo?...

Imagine for a moment if the function was called: “It’s not you, it’s me.” Or: “I just need a little space.” Or simply: “Engage cloaking device.” I doubt it would feel so personally insulting."
netiquette  attention  blogging  etiquette  anonymity  facebook  internet  flickr  lifehacks  twitter  tips  socialmedia  derekpowazek  blocking  filtering  sanity  cloackingdevices 
july 2010 by robertogreco
The Elements of Living Lightly | zen habits
"Hamlet said, ‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’
psychology  happiness  expectations  judgement  zenhabits  mindfulness  philosophy  choice  simplicity  tips  lifehacks  advice 
july 2010 by robertogreco
dy/dan » You Have No Life
"We have watched some incredible videos lately—Rube Goldberg machines & time lapse photography—& if video smacks even slightly of concentrated effort or advance planning, someone will inevitably scoff that subject has "too much time on his hands" or "no life."...I would so much rather my students understood the value of turning stupid ideas into reality than the entire sum of Algebra1. It's so obvious to me that the kind of person who would create a cocktail-mixer from balsa wood & twine is simply blowing off steam that life will eventually focus in a direction that will be extremely constructive and/or profitable. I can't make this obvious to my students. After six years I lack a succinct, meaningful response to my students' defensive, clannish embrace of mediocrity, though I'm grateful for this tweet, which comes pretty close: dwineman: You say "looks like somebody has too much time on their hands" but all I hear is "I'm sad because I don't know what creativity feels like.""
attitudes  creativity  geek  criticism  lifehacks  motivation  productivity  ingenuity  persistence  danmeyer  fun  mediocrity 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Make Your Own Moleskine-Like-Notebook
"Your very own Moleskine-like-notebook/journal/sketchbook. The one we'll be making is 3.5 x 5.5 x .5 inches. I use this size because it fits nicely into my back or front pants pocket. Strangely enough it is also the same size as the Moleskine notebook. For the pages we'll be using 20# bond paper (the same paper you use in your copier and inkjet printer). As you might have noticed in the dimensions, the notebook is a half-inch thick. This gives you 192 single pages of writing/sketching/painting fun. For the cover we'll use vinyl Naugahyde (that's what I use but feel free to use whatever you have on hand). After we're through I'll offer a list of enhancements and alternative ways to make your notebook/journal/sketchbook to meet your individual needs.

Don't be put off by the many steps involved. This really is a simple project using common materials and tools. Almost anyone can do it."
via:migurski  art  book  bookbinding  moleskine  notebooks  howto  gtd  lifehacks  tutorial  tutorials  make  books  crafts  design  diy  papercraft  papernet  paper  projects  srg  glvo  tcsnmy 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Inside Pixar’s Leadership « Scott Berkun
"That fundamentally successful companies are unstable. And where we have to operate is in that unstable place. And the forces of conservatism which are very strong and they want to go to a safe place. I want to go to the same place for money, I want to go and be wild and creative, or I want to have enough time for this, and each one of those guys are pulling, and if any one of them wins, we lose. And i just want to stay right there in the middle. ... The notion that you’re trying to control the process and prevent error screws things up. We all know the saying it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. And everyone knows that, but I Think there is a corollary: if everyone is trying to prevent error, it screws things up. It’s better to fix problems than to prevent them. And the natural tendency for managers is to try and prevent error and over plan things."

[via: http://blog.frankchimero.com/post/567439792/the-notion-that-youre-trying-to-control-the ]
conservatism  edcatmull  pixar  creativity  leadership  management  people  failure  business  behavior  culture  design  innovation  productivity  tcsnmy  administration  risk  risktaking  learning  unschooling  deschooling  certainty  uncertainty  adaptability  lcproject  flexibility  power  control  lifehacks  collaboration  entertainment  film 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Booking a Flight the Frugal Way - Frugal Traveler Blog - NYTimes.com
"Today, however, booking a flight is a total mess. Travelocity and Expedia have been joined by Bing and Orbitz and Dohop and Vayama and CheapTickets and CheapOair and Kayak and SideStep and Mobissimo and and and … I could go on and list every single Web site out there, but I won’t. There are just too many. Instead, I’ll lead you through the steps I make when I’m booking a flight myself.
travel  flights  howto  tutorial  reference  money  advice  tips  shopping  bargains  flying  airfare  airlines  budget  lifehacks  cheap  tools  onlinetoolkit 
february 2010 by robertogreco
The Idler
"The Idler is a bi-annual, book-shaped magazine that campaigns against the work ethic.

The title comes from a series of essays by Dr Johnson, published in 1758-9 in the Gentleman’s Magazine.

The intention of the magazine is to return dignity to the art of loafing, to make idling into something to aspire towards rather than reject.

As well as providing a radical and thought-provoking read, the Idler is also very funny."
culture  politics  procrastination  humor  life  activism  philosophy  simplicity  slow  idleness  idle  magazines  lifehacks  lifestyle  community  alternative 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off | Video on TED.com
"Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali."
stefansagmeister  sabbaticals  yearoff  sevenyears  cv  timeoff  lifehacks  gtd  creativity  work  projects  process  design  art  writing  innovation  productivity  life  ideas  bali  glvo  furniture  ted  time  management  google  3m  happiness  planning  tcsnmy  administration 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Caterina.net: Working hard is overrated
"a lot of what we then considered "working hard" was actually "freaking out"...panicking, working on things just to be working on something, not knowing what we were doing, fearing failure, worrying about things we needn't have worried about, thinking about fund raising rather than product building, building too many features, getting distracted by competitors...& other time-consuming activities. This time around we have eliminated a lot of freaking out time. We seem to be working less hard this time...Much more important than working hard is knowing how to find the right thing to work on. Paying attention to what is going on in the world. Seeing patterns. Seeing things as they are rather than how you want them to be. Being able to read what people want. Putting yourself in the right place where information is flowing freely and interesting new juxtapositions can be seen. But you can save yourself a lot of time by working on the right thing."
caterinafake  working  careers  life  work  tcsnmy  cv  wisdom  business  entrepreneurship  startups  productivity  gtd  lifehacks  focus  philosophy  time  balance  flickr  advice  ideas  culture  patterns  management  leadership  administration  confidence  freakingout 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Do You Have These Core Human Skills?
"If you’re interested in improving the quality of your life and work, there are the 12 primary areas of “Core Human Skill” you should focus on developing…Information-Assimilation...Writing...Reading...Speaking...Mathematics...Decision-Making...Rapport...Conflict-Resolution...Scenario-Generation...Planning...Self-Awareness...Interrelation...Skill Acquisition"

[via: http://www.kottke.org/09/07/core-human-skills ]
skills  learning  education  life  selfimprovement  lifehacks  careers  curriculum  tcsnmy 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Shut up! Announcing your plans makes you less motivated to accomplish them. | Derek Sivers
"Tests done since 1933 show that people who talk about their intentions are less likely to make them happen.

Announcing your plans to others satisfies your self-identity just enough that you’re less motivated to do the hard work needed."
psychology  goals  success  productivity  life  health  behavior  brain  planning  creativity  projects  gtd  lifehacks  motivation 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Defeating Delmore
"Astronomers know to look slightly away from the point at which they expect to locate a star. Analogously, when a person aims to most clearly articulate her own guiding goals, she would be more successful by calling to mind the values which are peripherally related and supportive of her complete self.

Instead of directly confronting the value of greatest import, a person can become more articulate about their central life goals by taking a slightly less direct approach."
procrastination  goals  selforganization  lifehacks  gtd  productivity  careers  psychology  learning  incentives  research  gamechanging 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything | Video on TED.com
"From the EG conference: Productivity guru Tim Ferriss' fun, encouraging anecdotes show how one simple question -- "What's the worst that could happen?" -- is all you need to learn to do anything."
learning  language  self-directedlearning  swimming  japanese  timferriss  productivity  tango  ted  fear  lcproject  deschooling  unschooling  languages  lifehacks  glvo 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Lifehacker - Learn to Play an Instrument Online - Learning
"Chances are at one point or another, you've either purchased an instrument or considered doing so with the intention of learning to play it; most of us, however, never get around the learning part. The internet is a glorious fount of freely available information, and it's slowly filling up with excellent tutorials for getting good at just about anything—including playing a new instrument. Hit the jump for a handful of great resources for getting started with a new instrument online for the low, low price of free."
education  learning  srg  edg  drums  guitar  percussion  lifehacks  howto  tutorials  e-learning  instruments  free  online 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Only Collect « a historian’s craft
"Only Collect; that is to say, collect everything, indiscriminately. You're five years old. Don't presume too much to know what's important and what isn't. Photocopy journal articles, photograph archives; create bibliographies, buy books; make notes on every article or book you read, even if it's just one line saying "Never read this again"; collect newspaper clippings and email them to yourself; collect quotes; save your ideas for future papers, future projects, future conferences, even if they seem wildly implausible now. Hoarding must become instinctual, it must be an uncontrollable, primal urge. And the higher, civilizing impulse that kicks in after the fact is organization, or librarianship. You must keep tabs on everything you collect, somehow; a system must be had, and the system must be idiot-proof."

[via: http://www.kottke.org/08/12/collect-everything-indiscriminately ]
education  history  academia  learning  thinking  annotation  research  creativity  information  organization  collecting  collection  writing  practice  context  library  advice  culture  historiography  cv  methodology  productivity  lifehacks  howto  libraries 
december 2008 by robertogreco
STANFORD Magazine: March/April 2007 > Mind-set Research
"Students for whom performance is paramount want to look smart even if it means not learning a thing in the process. For them, each task is a challenge to their self-image, and each setback becomes a personal threat. So they pursue only activities at which they’re sure to shine—and avoid the sorts of experiences necessary to grow and flourish in any endeavor. Students with learning goals, on the other hand, take necessary risks and don’t worry about failure because each mistake becomes a chance to learn. Dweck’s insight launched a new field of educational psychology—achievement goal theory." via: http://www.boingboing.net/2008/11/25/why-does-failure-ins.html
learning  education  productivity  creativity  teaching  tcsnmy  leadership  parenting  advice  motivation  self-improvement  perseverance  goals  psychology  management  intelligence  development  brain  success  failure  research  mindset  lifehacks  caroldweck  assessment  grades  grading 
november 2008 by robertogreco
ETech 2009 - O'Reilly Conferences, March 09 - 12, 2009, San Jose, CA
"Living, Reinvented: The Tech of Abundance and Constraints. ETech opens our eyes to the trends, tools and developments in emerging technology that demand our attention—demonstrating how technology can bring us closer to each other and to the world around us."

[some of the topics: *City Tech *Mobile & The Web *Geek Family *Nomadism & Shedworking * Sustainable Life * Life Hacking & Information Overload]
etech  sanjose  2009  future  technology  nomads  glvo  emerging  innovation  sustainability  events  conferences  lifehacks  mobile  phones  mobileweb  neo-nomads 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Tasktop Technologies
"Tasktop Technologies is striving to reduce the information overload faced daily by computer users through the introduction of task-focused tools and interfaces. With a task-focused approach, less really does become more."
productivity  software  gtd  management  projectmanagement  organization  lifehacks 
july 2008 by robertogreco
8 Great Anti-Hacks to Fundamentally Change Your Life | Zen Habits
"post-higher-education life just isn’t configured to encourage growth; it’s configured to reward stagnation...what would your life be like if you cut out all the stepping stones?...“Productivity” is an Industrial Era economics term"

[see also: http://thegrowinglife.com/2008/04/quitting-things-and-flakiness-the-1-productivity-anti-hack/ ]
productivity  life  lifehacks  yearoff  work  society  gamechanging  perspective  education  ratrace  simplicity  focus  learning  colleges  universities  careers  workplace  time  happiness  schooling  deschooling  unschooling  habits  philosophy  quitting  responsibility  management  administration  leadership 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Dream Recorder
"Dream Recorder is a sleep monitoring system detecting body motions with a professional night vision processing for iSights. Motions and sleep phases are strongly correlated.
mac  software  sleep  dreams  via:blackbeltjones  osx  personalinformatics  lifehacks  visualization 
july 2008 by robertogreco
"Zerstreutheit" and the Attention Management Cure | 43 Folders
"Every one knows what attention is...taking possession by the mind, in clear & vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought...implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others"
attention  continuouspartialattention  time  organization  focus  gtd  lifehacks  words  german  via:russelldavies 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Linda Stone: Is it Time to Retire the Never-Ending List? - Living on The Huffington Post
"In the cases where people reported managing their time, they more often reported experiencing burn-out, they didn't know how much longer they could go on at their particular job or lifestyle. There was often a sense of helplessness and overwhelm."

[also posted at: http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2008/06/is-it-time-to-retire-the-never.html ]
lindastone  productivity  gtd  management  time  lifehacks  burnout  overload  efficiency  clutter  attention  organization  lists  howto  focus  work  simplicity  life  gamechanging  psychology  continuouspartialattention 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Is Multitasking More Efficient?
"Is Multitasking More Efficient? Shifting mental gears costs time, especially when shifting to less familiar tasks"
via:hrheingold  multitasking  productivity  psychology  lifehacks  continuouspartialattention  focus  performance  attention 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School [blog: http://brainrules.blogspot.com/]
"How do we learn? What exactly do sleep & stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking myth? Why is it so easy to forget—& so important to repeat new knowledge? Is it true that men & women have different brains?" + http://www.brainrules.net/the-rules
learning  brain  research  education  lifehacks  neuroscience  johnmedina  books  psychology  science  sleep  stress  teaching  brainresearch  information  efficiency  health  exercise  curiosity  memory  mind 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life | Zen Habits
"It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value." Good list.
via:preoccupations  simplicity  productivity  tips  lifehacks  minimalism  life  organization  frugality  freedom  happiness 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Living the Prolific Life: A How-to Guide | Zen Habits
"Prolific people often purposefully take on mindless jobs because it allows them to devote their thoughts entirely to art...People who engage in cognitively taxing jobs are often too mentally exhausted at the end of the day to be creative."
creativity  productivity  lifehacks  work  howto  simplicity  habits  glvo  gtd  efficiency  philosophy 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Disconnecting Distraction
"Eventually, though, it became clear that the Internet had become so much more distracting that I had to start treating it differently. Basically, I had to add a new application to my list of known time sinks: Firefox."
gtd  paulgraham  addiction  productivity  procrastination  tips  advice  learning  lifehacks  discipline  technology  television  tv  multitasking  psychology  attention  management  work  distraction  add  adhd  internet  concentration  information 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Tips For Dealing With Information Overload
"I sent a couple of people the following question: “What are your top tips for dealing with information overflow?” Here are some of their answers"
information  productivity  overload  attention  informationmanagement  hacks  multitasking  infooverload  GTD  lifehacks 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Slate's special issue on procrastination. - - Slate Magazine
"package of stories that will appeal to every single person reading the magazine. It's time for us to speak out on something that matters to all of you, regardless of class or creed; it's time to unite behind a common problem and a common dream"
procrastination  productivity  psychology  hunor  lifehacks  memory  reading 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Cory Doctorow: How to stop your inbox exploding | Technology | guardian.co.uk
"1. Sort your inbox by subject 2. Colour-code messages from known senders 3. Kill people who make you crazy 4. Half-resign from mailing lists 5. Keep a pending list"
lifehacks  productivity  internet  tips  organization  gtd  overload  howto  corydoctorow  email 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: How to choose an apartment
Tyler Cowen answers a reader question and solicits comments: "So, readers, when we are looking for an apartment, what is the bias we are most likely to have?
economics  happiness  life  realestate  apartments  renting  homes  psychology  lifehacks  commuting  transportation  mobility  neo-nomads  nomads  time 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Get Smarter: 12 Hacks That Will Amp Up Your Brainpower
"1. Distract Yourself 2. Caffeinate With Care 3. Choose Impressive Information 4. Think Positive 5. Do the Right Drugs 6. Juice Your IQ Score 7. Know Your Brain 8. Don't Panic 9. Embrace Chaos 10. Get Visual 11. Exercise Wisely 12. Slow Down"
brain  productivity  memory  neuroscience  comprehension  memorization  education  efficiency  learning  lifehacks  knowledge  mind  tips  gtd  science  psychology  sleep  drugs  health  medicine  howto 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Formula for success in learning
"To assume a responsible position in society, you will need strong general knowledge on health, sociology, history, natural sciences, etc. Only those who can grasp the full picture are well positioned to be successful in their efforts"
supermemo  learning  generalists  memory  knowledge  brain  lifehacks  productivity  education 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Super Memory
"This website is devoted to improving memory, self-growth, creativity, time-management, and speed-learning software SuperMemo"
memory  learning  education  software  lifehacks  productivity  mnemonics  neuroscience  brain  forgetting  supermemo  vocabulary  memorization  notetaking  languages  flashcards 
april 2008 by robertogreco
10 Ways History’s Finest Kept Their Focus at Work | LifeDev
"1. Don’t work long hours 2. Take breaks 3. Take even longer breaks 4. Stop work and sit down for meals 5. Don’t work in the afternoons 6. Mix it up 7. Aim low 8. Take time to relax 9. Get up early(?) 10. Exercise!"
productivity  lifehacks  howwework  work  life  leadership  happiness  advice  health  balance  gtd  habits  management  time  workflow  efficiency 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Tips on how to work smarter from Ricardo Semler - (37signals)
"Treat employees like adults; Write less (short, direct memos, emails); Minimize your information intake; take time to think; Be confrontational in your presentations; How to run a meeting"
37signals  ricardosemler  management  work  productivity  business  organizations  leadership  administration  meetings  writing  lifehacks  communication 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Whining, Blue Smoke & the Mechanics of Getting Unstuck | 43 Folders
"whining should be telling you something...{it's] the blue smoke in your tailpipe that lets you know you’re burning mental oil...you’re unconsciously devoting cycles to something that you can’t, won’t, or shouldn’t be spending time thinking abou
productivity  lifehacks  writing  creativity  gtd  advice  procrastination  motivation  whining  learning  work  boredom 
april 2008 by robertogreco
RescueTime: Web-based Time Management Software
"web-based time-management tool that allows you to easily understand how you spend your time. One of the coolest things about RescueTime is that there is NO DATA ENTRY. You install a doohicky on your computer and we magically track all of your time usage.
attention  projectmanagement  productivity  habits  gtd  procrastination  management  time  software  web2.0  lifehacks  statistics  applications  mac  osx  windows  webapps  monitoring  tracking 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Technology Review: Blogs: Ed Boyden's blog: How to Think: Managing brain resources in an age of complexity.
"Synthesize new ideas constantly. Never read passively. Learn how to learn (rapidly). Work backward from goal. Always have long-term plan. Make contingency maps. Collaborate. Make mistakes quickly. Document everything obsessively. Keep it simple"
thinking  habits  gtd  life  lifehacks  learning  knowledge  mind  metacognition  productivity  creativity  brain  tips  howto  strategy  simplicity  via:kottke  projectmanagement  teaching  ideageneration  ideas  collaboration  complexity 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Seth's Blog: Why bother having a resume?
"If you don't have a resume, what do you have? How about three extraordinary letters of recommendation from people the employer knows or respects? Or a sophisticated project they can see or touch? Or a reputation that precedes you? Or a blog that is so co
future  careers  work  education  reputation  employment  sethgodin  business  resumes  lifehacks  marketing  hiring 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Busy vs. Productive
"Busy-ness is impressive...puts you in heat of action...gives you elevated sense of importance...late for social engagements...hardly get a moment’s sleep...Emails exchanged, meetings fill up schedule...Of course, it’s all just an illusion."
productivity  lifehacks  gtd  work  administration  leadership  management  generalists  procrastination  business  advice  life  happiness 
march 2008 by robertogreco
How Did A-Rod Get So Good? - Freakonomics - Opinion - New York Times Blog
"your level of natural talent notwithstanding, excellence is accomplished mainly through the tenets of deliberate practice, which are roughly: 1. Focus on technique as opposed to outcome. 2. Set specific goals. 3. Get good, prompt feedback, and use it."
creativity  productivity  practice  performance  lifehacks  freakonomics  education  baseball  advice  skill 
march 2008 by robertogreco
I Need a Virtual Break. No, Really. - New York Times
"movement to unplug appears to be gaining traction everywhere, from blogosphere, where wired types like Ariel Meadow Stallings brag about turning off screen 1 day/ week (& how many books they’ve read this year), to corporate world."
overload  balance  life  information  online  internet  lifehacks  trends 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Milton Glaser: Ten Things I Have Learned
"1. You can only work with people you like.

2. If you have a choice, never have a job.

3. Some people are toxic. Avoid them.

4. Professionalism is not enough. OR The good is the enemy of the great.

5. Less is not necessarily more.

6. Style is not to be trusted.

7. How you live changes your brain.

8. Doubt is better than certainty.

9. On aging.

10. Tell the truth."

[Note 15 May 2012: Kottke has been updating this link: http://kottke.org/02/05/just-enough-is-more ]
via:rodcorp  miltonglaser  advice  aging  life  work  careers  failure  success  people  society  innovation  inspiration  yearoff  complexity  simplicity  psychology  productivity  wisdom  philosophy  design  lifehacks  creativity  ideas  observations  ethics  employment  living  business  learning  howto 
february 2008 by robertogreco
In search of the distraction-free computer desktop. - By Jeffrey MacIntyre - Slate Magazine
"As outrageous and premature as it sounds, programs like WriteRoom could have the kind of impact for this generation that The Elements of Style had for another, by distilling down the writing process and laying bare its constituent parts."
productivity  software  tools  lifehacks  writeroom  mac  osx  usability  distraction  continuouspartialattention  attention  writing 
february 2008 by robertogreco
5 Whys - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The five whys is a question asking method used to explore the cause/effect relationships underlying a particular problem. Ultimately, the goal of applying the 5 Whys method is to determine a root cause of a defect or problem."
problemsolving  management  projectmanagement  process  experiencedesign  engineering  analysis  ux  lifehacks 
january 2008 by robertogreco
The Autumn of the Multitaskers
"Neuroscience is confirming what we all suspect: Multitasking is dumbing us down and driving us crazy. One man’s odyssey through the nightmare of infinite connectivity"
multitasking  continuouspartialattention  attention  psychology  neuroscience  behavior  brain  cognition  cognitive  concentration  memory  connectivity  culture  society  stress  productivity  education  learning  lifehacks  slow  mind  organization  theatlantic  technology  recession  trends  bubbles  mobile  phones  distraction  etiquette  economics  freedom  simplicity  digitalnatives 
january 2008 by robertogreco
The Simple Dollar » The One Month Coupon Strategy: A Really Clever Way to Make Coupons Worthwhile
take the wad of coupons to the store [four weeks later]...Magically, most of them will sync up with stuff that’s already on sale...combine sale price & coupon, you’ll be able to get items for next to nothing."
consumerism  budget  coupons  finance  groceries  food  lifehacks  productivity  shopping  money  diy 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Half an Hour: Things You Really Need to Learn
[also here: http://www.masternewmedia.org/news/2006/09/11/how_to_be_successful_stephen.htm ]

"How to predict consequences; read; distinguish truth from fiction; empathize; be creative; communicate clearly; learn; stay healthy; value yourself; live meaningfully" - resonse to Guy Kawasaki's 'ten things you should learn this school year'
stephendownes  advice  learning  lessons  life  philosophy  perspective  skills  pedagogy  teaching  education  psychology  creativity  happiness  lifehacks  self  schools  survival  success  strategy  howto  productivity  management  gtd  self-improvement  homeschool  unschooling  deschooling 
january 2008 by robertogreco
100 Items to Disappear First
+ "From a Sarajevo War Survivor: Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war - death of parents and friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks."
us  anxiety  war  via:rodcorp  survival  howto  crisis  paranoia  autonomy  emergencies  lifehacks  lists  security  food  farming  agriculture 
january 2008 by robertogreco
The Happiness Project: One way to try to figure out what someone REALLY thinks.
"To get a person’s real opinion, ask what she thinks everyone else believes…If people truly hold a particular belief, they are more likely to think that others agree or have had similar experiences."
happiness  psychology  lifehacks  opinion  truth 
november 2007 by robertogreco
A Big List of Sites That Teach You How To Do Stuff
"In this horribly-titled, but hopefully useful round-up we will specifically focus on such general purpose sites that include some sort of rich media instruction (generally video). We also might throw in a tech-focused site or two, since this is after all
advice  craft  diy  education  everyday  fun  howto  instruction  learning  lifehacks  lists  reference  onlinetoolkit  research  resources  tutorials  video  tips 
november 2007 by robertogreco
5min - Life Videopedia
"a place to find short video solutions for every practical question and is also a place for people who want to share their knowledge. 5min's vision is simple: any solution can be visually explained in 5 minutes. Show us your skills! Join 5min and spread y
video  online  learning  education  howto  tutorials  elearning  freeware  community  collaboration  homeschool  instruction  information  lifehacks  web  internet  solutions 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Structured Procrastination
"With this sort of appropriate task structure, the procrastinator becomes a useful citizen. Indeed, the procrastinator can even acquire, as I have, a reputation for getting a lot done."
productivity  procrastination  humor  creativity  distraction  writing  work  psychology  learning  lifehacks  gtd 
october 2007 by robertogreco
The Boy Who Sees with Sound : People.com
"Blind since age 3, Ben Underwood skateboards, shoots hoops and plays video games. How does he do it? Just like bats and dolphins"
blind  echolocation  lifehacks  sound  adaptation 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Twine
"A revolutionary new way to share, organize, and find information. Use Twine to better leverage and contribute to the collective intelligence of your friends, colleagues, groups and teams. Twine ties it all together."
aggregator  annotation  bookmarking  bookmarks  collaboration  communication  wiki  socialsoftware  sharing  semantic  semanticweb  organization  information  search  knowledge  tagging  socialnetworks  networking  socialnetworking  networks  data  crowdsourcing  semantics  lifehacks  identity 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Meeting Tokens, for creating time scarcity | 43 Folders
"My pal, Mike Monteiro, is making good on his idea to try giving his team Meeting Tokens"
meetings  productivity  scarcity  time  work  administration  management  lifehacks 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Can a Lack of Sleep Set Back Your Child's Cognitive Abilities? -- New York Magazine
"Overstimulated, overscheduled kids are getting at least an hour’s less sleep than they need, a deficiency that, new research reveals, has the power to set their cognitive abilities back years."
children  cognition  learning  sleep  teens  emotions  attitude  overscheduling  education  health  mind  psychology  research  lifehacks  happiness  creativity  youth  brain  science  kids  parenting  lifestyle  society  homeschool  cognitive  obesity  depression  moods  memory  dreams 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Conceptual Trends and Current Topics - My Life Countdown
"His days were numbered, literally. He recounted how invigorating this knowledge was, because while he could never be certain that number was true, it did help him prioritize his choices and defuse his procrastinations."
death  life  time  productivity  philosophy  psychology  lifehacks  future 
september 2007 by robertogreco
scottberkun.com » #54 - Writing Hacks, Part 1: Starting
"In the grand tradition of lists and books of hacks, writing hacks are clever little actions that give you leverage and put the dynamics in your favor. Here in part 1 it’s all about how to start."
advice  blogging  books  burnout  creative  creativity  gtd  howto  hacks  lifehacks  productivity  tips  writing  work 
september 2007 by robertogreco
27 Skills Your Child Needs to Know That She’s Not Getting In School | zen habits
"What follows is a basic curriculum in life that a child should know before reaching adulthood. There will probably be other skills you can add to this list, but at least it’s a starting point."
adolescence  awareness  childcare  children  parenting  childhood  education  learning  lessons  life  lifehacks  lifestyle  skills  social  success  schools  money 
august 2007 by robertogreco
43 Folders Series: Inbox Zero | 43 Folders
"These are posts from a special 43 Folders series looking at the skills, tools, and attitude needed to empty your email inbox — and then keep it that way. You can visit each of the posts by clicking the title."
email  lifehacks  howto  tutorials  tips  technology  productivity  efficiency  gmail  gtd 
july 2007 by robertogreco
Inbox Zero
"Merlin Mann, a well known productivity guru and creator of the popular 43 folders website ... all » will talk about Getting Things Done, the importance of getting your inbox to zero, and strategies for dealing with high volume email."
email  google  gtd  lifehacks  productivity  merlinmann  video  talks 
july 2007 by robertogreco
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