We're back at it in 2015 at Kendeo. We've got a new office and are having a great time. Hope you're ready for another Weekender because we've got a bunch of cool stuff for you this weekend.
Now that it's the New Year, how about some ancient wisdom? These Say a Little Prayer cards are really beautiful.
This is a really great quote about boats that I wish applied more to business ideas (via):
“Every boat is copied from another boat….It is clear that a very badly made boat will end up on the bottom after one or two voyages, and thus never be copied….One could then say, with complete rigor, that it is the sea herself who fashions the boats, choosing those which function and destroying the others.”
- Émile Chartier
NASA is really upping their design game, as these posters from the Exoplanet Travel Bureau demonstrate. I for one can't wait to go to planet HD 40307g!
Paul Graham says Mean People Fail:
[B]eing mean makes you stupid. That's why I hate fights. You never do your best work in a fight, because fights are not sufficiently general. Winning is always a function of the situation and the people involved. You don't win fights by thinking of big ideas but by thinking of tricks that work in one particular case. And yet fighting is just as much work as thinking about real problems. Which is particularly painful to someone who cares how their brain is used: your brain goes fast but you get nowhere, like a car spinning its wheels.
Everybody needs more mousetraps, even it it is for a Pepsi commercial:
These melting ice sculptures from Nele Azevedo are amazing:
We all have these kind of days (via Swiss Miss):
Speaking of productivity, Steve Pavlina asks if you could complete a whole day's work in only 90 minutes, what would the 90 minutes look like?
The typical American office worker only does about 90 minutes of real work per workday.
The rest of each workday is largely spent on distractions like reading the news, web surfing, socializing with coworkers, snacking, taking coffee breaks, shuffling papers around, processing irrelevant emails, needless delay tactics, playing games, and daydreaming.
Moreover, American office workers are among the world’s most productive. In many other countries, even less work gets done each day.
This stat hasn’t changed much in decades, despite massive investments in time management and productivity training by many companies. We have more technology to assist us in being productive, but we also have more to distract us.
The general problem is that we’re still applying an industrial age model to the productivity of knowledge workers. It makes sense to pay attention to hours worked if the productive output for each hour is roughly the same. That may be true for repetitive labor, but it doesn’t apply much to knowledge workers.
For a knowledge worker, what’s the difference between an hour of peak productivity vs. a low productivity hour? That peak hour could easily be 10x more productive in terms of the volume of work completed and the results generated.
What sense does it make to spend more time at the office if you’re normally operating at less than 20% of capacity? Why not simply do 90 minutes of real work and then go home for the day?