Linda Stone on time management


17 Responses to “Linda Stone on time management”

  1. Thorzdad says:

    Get with the program, work-bots!

  2. chgoliz says:

    Can’t help but mention that I’m reading BB, as often happens, from my kitchen computer. Which has been used during many a dinner to look up something that came up in family conversation. Before the computer’s ubiquitous presence, I would go into another room and peer through books to try to find answers while dinner got cold. The computer actually keeps me in the same room, and I’m done faster with more accurate results.

    To say nothing of recipe look-ups, and of course keeping homework assignments under the Watchful Eye of Mom.

    So, sorry Ms. Stone, but I’m keeping this computer right where it is.



    You’re right on the money. However, I will add that it’s crucial for most people to define their plans concretely enough to be able to write them down. I suppose that’s where all of the listing comes in to play, but they can be mental lists.

    I liked the list I made for my roommate:

    1) Grow beard.
    2) Become beard-model.
    3) Use fame as beard-model to obtain hand-model girlfriend.
    4) Marry hand-model girlfriend.
    5) Profit.

  4. Xenu says:

    If I follow this advice, I will never visit BoingBoing again.

    Sorry, but it’s true.

  5. kevin143 says:

    Also see Randy Pausch’s brilliant lecture on time management.

  6. mralistair says:

    I was reading this with interest, when i reaslised I was at work and had a load to do and was reading boingboing instead.

  7. WarLord says:


    Tech has an OFF button.

    Seriously being present in the moment and having your shit together means shutting off the toys, putting down the lists and focusing on ONE THING!

    The very best time management is taking the time to do it right the first time

    Enjoy the journey


  8. Machinehead says:

    My list of intentions for today:

    1. Make beer in my garage.
    2. Play Wii Fit.
    3. Take a nap in the afternoon
    4. Read a book.
    5. Make love to my girlfriend.

    And I wish I’ll never have to make a conscious decision to remind myself that, while I’m doing diner I should not be checking my email worried by my work.

  9. slywy says:

    #3: I’m with you; if you have to move your computer so you’re not checking e-mail, then you’ve got a bigger problem than having to list “intentions.” All of these books, etc., on time management, project management, etc., slay me. (My favorite is, of course, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. What is a “highly effective family”? Scares the piss out of me.

  10. ThinkPositive says:

    I would never have the time to write such lists.

  11. kiddr01 says:

    sounds extraordinarily like money for old rope to me – but i do have a friend who has no concept of getting things done on time. Maybe it would do him some good.

  12. Mikey Likes BoingBoing says:

    Sheesh. I find these kinds of optimum time management / personal effectiveness / blah blah diatribes obnoxious. Who is it that benefits from such maximized time management? The boss, that’s who! Hasn’t David Allen, regarded as THE time management guru, been divorced more than once? So much for time management as a life-enhancer.

    May I instead recommend a book that strikes a very different path: “Executricks – Or: How to Retire While You’re Still Working” by Stanley Bing Link. You’re welcome. ;-)


    A famous source of schadenfreude in the late ’90s was the difficulty that time planner messiahs Franklin Planner had merging with Stephen Covey’s Covey Leadership Center. After making fortunes hectoring executives about their shameful inefficiency and lack of organization, the Franklin and Covey leaders looked like Keystone Cops trying to integrate their two companies.
    Around that time I was subjected to the whole Covey Time Management on Paper indoctrination by an employer. It didn’t stick, although the $200 leather bound Planner makes a good address book. I do think it can increase most people’s effectiveness to have systematic ways for prioritizing, but each person has to work out for themselves what works.
    One size fits none.

  14. napstimpy says:

    So to follow this plan I need to be able to 1) make realistic goals, 2) relax, 3) focus, and 4) compartmentalize. Isn’t it likely that someone who has poor time management skills would also be incapable at accomplishing each of those?

    Here’s another tip: if you’re addicted to glue sniffing, try not sniffing glue. Genius.

  15. a_user says:

    just what we needed – a to do list to manage our technology use. I put mine in iCal.

  16. amos says:

    Have any of you used any copy-writing software such as Glyphius?

  17. zikzak says:

    @7: Who is it that benefits from such maximized time management? The boss, that’s who!

    Not necessarily. Time management is important for more than just your 9-5 office job. For example, I have a sometimes-overwhelming number of responsibilities from various activist groups, and independent radical projects. I’d never be able to handle all I do without time management.

    And I guess I could just throw up my hands and say “I just don’t have time to help with this campaign against unethical business practices!” but then again, that’d be what really benefits the boss :)

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