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Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Knowledge Workers are Bad at Working (and Here’s What to Do About It…)
"With this in mind, I argue that we need to spend more time engaged in deep work — cognitively demanding activities that leverage our training to generate rare and valuable results, and that push our abilities to continually improve."
work  writing  habit  advice  tips  lifehack  psychology  gtd  productivity  learning 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Narratomania | berfrois
"In my view, stories are important not because they make us behave morally but because, on the one hand, they encourage us to confront the barrier between the imaginative and actual universe and, on the other, they discourage us from adopting a literalist view of this universe."
narrative  story-telling  non-fiction  publishing  habit  media  television  framing  personality 
october 2012 by tsuomela
The Results Are in: Scientists Are Workaholics | Wired Science |
"In a recent study, a team of scientists in China examined the time of day when paper downloads occur from a scientific publisher’s website. Controlling for the time zone where the request originated, they were able to see how hard scientists work overall by examining the downloads for a period of a little over a week. But even more than that, they explored the patterns in their work habits, as well differences between scientists in different countries."
work  labor  habit  scientists  publishing  reading  analytics 
august 2012 by tsuomela
Habit Labs
"Writing the code for personal behavior change."
behavior  habit  self-improvement  health  nudge  quantified-self 
july 2012 by tsuomela
The Generalized Hawthorne Effect
"So we can formulate a generalized version of the Hawthorne Effect: the effectiveness of a tool depends almost entirely on the amount of mindful attention being devoted in its use, not the specific form the attention takes. "
psychology  technology  habit  attention  utility  tools  deliberate  practice 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Research as a Second Language: The 40-Hour Challenge
"Since an article consists of about forty 40 paragraphs and you should be able to write a paragraph about something you know in about 30 minutes, you should be able to draft a journal article in around 20 hours."
writing  phd  graduate-school  practice  advice  habit 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Don’t Tell Me What (I Need) To Do, Tell Me What (I Want) To Do « how to save the world
"No matter that simplistic models and solutions and symptoms rarely work: Still, we want books that tell us we can lose weight easily in 7-10 days, or that we can geoengineer our way out of climate change. We want to believe what we already believe, or at least what we want to believe, or, in cases when there is overwhelming evidence that those beliefs no longer make sense, we want to believe what we are ‘born-again’ ready to believe. And, likewise, we want to be told that what we ‘should’ do is what we are already doing, or what we want to do, or what we are at last ready and willing to do. Until then, we are deaf, and there is no point arguing with us."
habit  psychology  disaster  risk 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Lawyer Mind, Judge Mind
"Several recent discussions on a variety of unrelated topics with different people have gotten me thinking about two different attitudes towards dialectical processes. They are generalized versions of the professional attitudes required of lawyers and judges, so I’ll refer to them as lawyer mind and judge mind.

In the specialized context of the law, the dialectical process is structurally constrained and the required attitudes are codified and legally mandated to a certain extent. Lawyers must act as though they were operating from a lawyer-mindset, even if internally they are operating with a judge-mind."
law  mind  habit  professional  thinking  style  dialectic  judicial 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Distraction is a Symptom of a Deeper Problem: The Convenience Principle and the Destruction of American Productivity
"Consider, to give a more general example, e-mail. There are no shortage of strong arguments that living your day in your inbox prevents long, uninterrupted thought, which in turn greatly reduces the value of what you produce and the rate at which your skills improve.

Nicholas Carr almost won a Pulitzer last year for his book on this phenomenon, The Shallows, which was based on his earlier Atlantic article, titled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”.

So why hasn’t there been any major changes to how American organizations use e-mail? The convenience principle stops them.

If you subscribe to this principle, all it takes to argue back against a critic like Carr is a list of examples where restricting e-mail in any way would lead to inconvenience."
habit  information-overload  email  organization  convenience 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Stats: We're Doing It Wrong | blog@CACM | Communications of the ACM
"Why is it so common to use parametric tests such as the T-test or ANOVA instead of non-paramtric counterparts? Kaptein, Nass,
hci  computer-science  research  statistics  inertia  habit 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Clive Thompson on How Tweets and Texts Nurture In-Depth Analysis | Magazine
"The popularity of this endless fire hose of teensy utterances means we’ve lost our appetite for consuming—and creating—slower, reasoned contemplation. Right?

I’m not so sure. In fact, I think something much more complex and interesting is happening: The torrent of short-form thinking is actually a catalyst for more long-form meditation."
internet  technology-effects  habit  behavior  twitter  thinking  patterns 
january 2011 by tsuomela
The Mumpsimus: Ways of Reading
Hearing how someone else reads can be, for me at least, both exciting and alienating.  Exciting because it often explains at least something about their reading taste; alienating because it reminds me what an individual experience reading is.
reading  habit  methods  philosophy  criticism  literary  sympathy 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Mind - Research Upends Traditional Thinking on Study Habits -
Tips like - moving physical locations while studying. Debunking - learning styles. Links directly to some research papers
psychology  study  habit  learning  tips  style 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Why going green won't make you better or save you money
These behavioral riddles beg explanation, and social psychologists are offering one in new studies. The academic name for such quizzical behavior is moral licensing. It seems that we have a good/bad balance sheet in our heads that we're probably not even aware of. For many people, doing good makes it easier -- and often more likely -- to do bad. It works in reverse, too: Do bad, then do good.
psychology  bias  behavior  moral-licensing  morality  history  habit 
july 2010 by tsuomela
What happened to studying? - The Boston Globe
That’s true, Babcock and Marks agree. But according to their research, the greatest decline in student studying took place before computers swept through colleges: Between 1961 and 1981, study times fell from 24.4 to 16.8 hours per week (and then, ultimately, to 14). Nor do they believe student employment or changing demographics to be the root cause. While they acknowledge that students are working more and campuses attract students who wouldn’t have bothered attending college a generation ago, the researchers point out that study times are dropping for everyone regardless of employment or personal characteristics.
academia  education  studying  habit  culture 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Worldchanging: Bright Green: Smarter Planet, the Swap and the Surrealism of Now
So we live suspended in a surreal now, where the vast majority of media coverage is focused on the (irrelevant) Swap, our political systems are rusted into position (trying to keep cars, coal and cul-de-sacs going as long as possible) and yet the exploration of bright green cities has never been more exciting or the people exploring them more energized.
environment  activism  suburbia  change  habit  green  energy  lifestyle  cities  culture  politics 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Why We Return to Bad Habits: Scientific American
“Restraint bias offers insight into how our erroneous beliefs about self-restraint promote impulsive behavior,” says lead author Loran F. Nordgren of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. “It helps us to understand puzzles in addiction research such as why recovered addicts often relapse after they have broken free of withdrawal symptoms.” The lesson? When you’ve made progress avoiding your indulgences and that little voice in your head tells you it’s okay to start exposing yourself to temptation again­—ignore it.
psychology  habit  behavior  training  learning 
february 2010 by tsuomela
FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Do Americans Really Hate Flying? Or Really Love Driving?
Still, I'd expect the numbers for most 875-mile trips to be slanted fairly heavily in favor of air travel -- but instead, Americans are just as likely to drive this distance as to fly.
transportation  flying  rail  train  automobile  travel  american  attitude  polling  survey  habit 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Breaking Habits for Fun and Profit | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
They go on to cite the work of Ben Fletcher, a British psychologist and business consultant. In his work helping managers become more flexible and tolerant, Fletcher found that while the managers could understand and accept the need to change the way they interacted with subordinates, they could rarely actually do so. Fletcher’s theory? That people are so conditioned to act the same way every day, that much of our behavior—even what we know is bad behavior—is habitual.
behavior  habit  bias  management  change  psychology  flexibility  creativity  self-improvement 
august 2009 by tsuomela
How to Stick to Your Exercise Routine | The Greater Good Blog
The results, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, showed that participants who formulated intentions to overcome obstacles were twice as physically active—exercising nearly one hour more per week—as participants in the control group, who received information about the importance of physical exercise but did not formulate implementation intentions.
psychology  gtd  procrastination  exercise  research  behavior  habit 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: E-mailaholics: How to Tell If You've Got The Habit
For demographers and ethnographers, there can never be too many ways to classify individuals--by age, sex, ethnicity, work etc.

Now there's another tyep of classification they can use to group individual: by their email habits developed.
email  behavior  habit  information 
may 2009 by tsuomela
How to Change Your Life (
Can people really change? We tend to assume that circumstances change easily and often, but that people change rarely, slowly, and with great difficulty. But these assumptions are wrong.

The truth is that people can change easily and instantly. The real problem is that they also change back just as easily!
change  psychology  habit  self-help  advice  experience 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Shtetl-Optimized » Blog Archive » The bullet-swallowers
My own hypothesis has to do with bullet-dodgers versus bullet-swallowers.
philosophy  habit  rationality 
may 2008 by tsuomela

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