See eg. http://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/dinks.asp "A household in which there are two incomes and no children (either both partners are working or one has two incomes). DINKS are often the target of marketing efforts for luxury items such as expensive cars and vacations."
Edit: Prior probabilities yada yada.
Don't know if its legal but it would certainly be an asshole move.
As a blog post that serves as link-bait, it is GENIUS.
...which is to say, I think it excelled at the REAL goal. ;-)
He should write a post after 6 months of doing this.
When working from home or in a dull share office...
1. A productivity system must work for a long time.
2. A conversation about productivity systems must exclude those that are in the "doesn't work" and "interesting new idea" stages.
3. Productivity systems and workflows are not personality (or personality type) dependent - what works for one person doesn't qualify as something worth investigating by those who identify with the "successful user".
I think #2 and #3 stand alone, but #1 is a bit more interesting:
There exist people for whom any productivity system will not work in the long run. There are several factors that can be involved in this:
* they are actually more productive when ramping up a system and early in using it - the thinking about the system to productivity inspires actual productivity. Once they internalize the rules and the ramp up, it stops working because they don't focus any more
* The sort of person who internally chafes at rules/structure may experience productivity at first with a new system, because (s)he as decided to comply with that system, but subconsciously starts to figure out ways to meet the rules of the productivity system without actually being productive. Some people just do this, whether they intend to or or not, it's just a thing.
* Novelty itself inspires them to do more
* Productivity inspires productivity - the act of setting up a productivity system is productive, therefor inspiring other productivity elsewhere. (similar to the first example but a bit different)
And so on.
Why not give such people another system or lifehack or workflow hack or whatever you label it, to chew on?
(ok I claimed I'd leave #3 alone, but experiments like this allow people see more things that work for someone a bit, and help give them ideas to tailor the system to themselves)
Not to mention the fact that if it works for someone, it is by definition effective for that person, and worth noting for that person.
What's with the influx of HN'ers demanding scientific proof before any matter is discussed? Same debate happened over whether meditation was helpful.
I have long suspected that I have an HN addiction. Time to quantify it!
For others: https://www.rescuetime.com/
EDIT: Haha, while setting it up I found that the rescuetime folks think that adult funsies are quite important :P
Ignore adult content. Data for sites we recognize as adult-themed will be rejected at our servers and no time will be logged.
I can't recall what I didn't like about RescueTime, but the free version of ManicTime gives me a very good breakdown for my purposes.
FWIW, I spend on average close to 2 hours a day (of 10 hours in my office) browsing the web, and only 2/3 hours of real productivity (I hate my job).
I wish I could lock websites between certain hours at the ISP level, and unlocking shouldn't be easy, and should take a few hours.
I didn't watch the videos, but from the text it sounds like the lady was more like a good coworker, certainly better than your average minimum wage slapper.
I expect I'd get a spinoff effect of being more productive myself. Wouldn't want to be on Facebook when I'm trying to keep someone else off it.
I've suggested to my friends with startups that they should host "hack nights" where random people can bring their laptop and work in a shared space for a while. I think it'd also be a good recruiting tool for the company. They've already got a cool office, so why not invite people there to see for themselves, plus become known as that place where people go to hack on interesting things?
I think this is one thing that academia really got right (having worked there for a few years once): put a bunch of smart people together in close proximity, each working on their own thing, but loosely sharing with each other. Big companies, small companies, startups, coworking spaces, and cafés all get one piece of this but miss a crucial piece.
Maybe I need to start a meta-startup.
There's a kind of implicit tactical (minute-to-minute) accountability in coworking, because you're all there to work, but not any larger strategic accountability. I don't think anybody would hold your feet to the fire if you didn't produce anything for a week, or month.
Start a slapping startup!
When she comes around I usually 'drive' the computer the whole time, and it's great to have her advice on things like withholding tax rates, but mostly it just makes certain that particular things get done on time where if they didn't happen they would have a tendency to snowball into accounting catastrophe.
The first week I keept trying to access it and finding my 'default' vhost. Now I don't even miss it when I'm on my PC. I have Alien Blue on my iPad but there I can't just scroll and scroll, I read content I care about on the reddits I like and not /r/all!
Procrastination is all too familiar to most people. People delay writing up their research (so we hear!), repeatedly declare they will start their diets tomorrow, or postpone until next week doing odd jobs around the house. Yet people also sometimes attempt to control their procrastination by setting deadlines for themselves. In this article, we pose three questions: (a) Are people willing to self-impose meaningful (i.e., costly) deadlines to overcome procrastination? (b) Are self-imposed deadlines effective in improving task performance? (c) When self-imposing deadlines, do people set them optimally, for maximum performance enhancement? A set of studies examined these issues experimentally, showing that the answer is “yes” to the first two questions, and “nO'’ to the third. People have self-control problems, they recognize them, and they try to control them by self-imposing costly deadlines. These deadlines help people control procrastination, but they are not as effective as some externally imposed deadlines in improving task performance.
Ironic, since Craigslist is infested with stolen bike listings :(.
However, don't put a popup in my face while I'm reading your stuff to join whatever site it is. And don't bloat the side of the page with "share" stuff. If I like the content, I will share and/or signup, or at least bug me once I reach the end but not while I'm in the middle of reading and on a mobile device this is even worse. /rant
is it best to will yourself to not get distracted? of course, but we all know thats easier said than done and for people with high hourly rates, it is often going to be worth it to just pay somebody to help ensure compliance.
I actually think when you know the person watching you and value her/his opinion it works better.
Do or do not, there is no try. - Master Yoda
4# @ http://iqtell.com/2012/01/what-master-yoda-can-teach-us-abou...
But one disadvantage
a. might quit one day