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Productivity, Apps, Strategy, Workflows & Systems

Time Sector Method of Task Management

Recently I came across a tweet from Martine Guernsey that she will apply the Time Sector Method for Task management developed by Carl Pullien. I was immediately drawn to the idea, and finally, I felt someone had articulated what I had been unable to - that context-based task managers were not working for me and perhaps a lot of other people. Context-based GTD apps may be outdated today. I have been using Things 3 as my primary application for Task Management for the last three years, but every day I opened it, I hated the Today view....

March 13, 2023 · 3 min · Manoj Nayak

A Mac app which nudges you to Move

In Feb this year. I had sprained my neck cause I sat on my Mac for 15 hours a day continuously for two straight weeks. The pain was so severe that I just couldn’t sleep for a week and I was forced to take two weeks off from work. My neck was so strained that it hurt a lot when I lifted my head to look at the screen. It felt like someone was pushing my neck down and twisting my left arm....

March 10, 2023 · 2 min · Manoj Nayak

AI to Build websites - Bookmark

I am using a AI to build websites. Check out Bookmark for more information.

March 10, 2023 · 1 min · Manoj Nayak

Complex System Could be Easy to Manage as there is less degree of Freedom

Highlights if one can fully describe a system in four sentences this is a simple system but if one needs a thousand pages to describe it the system is complex what really bothers most of us is a fact that part of the data that typifies our system does not relate just to one component of the system but those relationships between two or more components of the system in other words the things that makes our system difficult to manage is that what is done in one place has ramification other places the cause and effect relationships turn our systems into almost a maze...

March 10, 2023 · 2 min · Manoj Nayak

Cynefin - Weaving Sense-Making Into the Fabric of Our World (highlights)

Highlights first synced by [[Readwise]] [[Oct 31st, 2022]] “We have all moved from the age of enlightenment to the age of entanglement where sense-making aided by imagination is now more critical than ever. (Location 52) At its most basic, Cynefin allows us to distinguish between three different kinds of systems: ordered systems that are governed and constrained in such a way that cause and effect relationships are either clear or discoverable through analysis; complex systems where causal relationships are entangled and dynamic and the only way to understand the system is to interact; and chaotic systems where there are no effective constraints, turbulence prevails and immediate stabilizing action is required....

March 10, 2023 · 26 min · Dave Snowden, Zhen Goh, Sue Borchardt, Riva Greenberg, Boudewijn Bertsch, and Sonja Blignaut


March 10, 2023 · 0 min · Manoj Nayak

Difference Between a Project Roadmap and a Project Plan

Roadmaps are overviews while plans are detailed. Plans include the project’s Who, How, When and so on. Project plans are built by project managers, while Roadmaps are usually the vision of the senior management. Objectives Make your objectives SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound). Milestones Key milestones, or stepping stones, set the pace for the project through the finish line to track progress and help identify bottlenecks. Deliverables Which assets must be produced to hit set milestones?...

March 10, 2023 · 2 min · Manoj Nayak

Differences between North Star, OKR's and JBTD Frameworks

I became fascinated with the “ North Star ” concept in 2017 when I saw this talk on Growth Hacking as per Alex Schultz, VP Analytics and CMO Meta. As my knowledge graph increased on various frameworks, I came across other concepts like OKR s, Lag and Lead Measures , JBTD Framework , etc. However, at the time, I had no idea how to use the North Star metric in my work, nor did I have any tool which supported “North Star” metric management....

March 10, 2023 · 3 min · Manoj Nayak

Don't look at your bank balance everyday

It is a bit sad if you have to look at your bank balances every day because you feel some incoming cheque will bounce, or you won’t be able to manage your budget. However, this cannot be a long-term strategy and will lead to burnout with the stress and adrenaline you need daily. Also, this anxiety of maintaining the bank balances is not doing any good to your cause of increasing your income or reducing your expenses....

March 10, 2023 · 3 min · Manoj Nayak

Eliyahu Goldratt

Eliyahu Goldratt was an Israeli physicist, business consultant and writer. He was best known for his work on the theory of constraints, a management method he developed to help organizations improve their performance. Goldratt was born in 1948 and died in 2011 at the age of 63. He was the author of several books on business management, including “The Goal” and “Critical Chain,” which became bestsellers and were widely used in business schools and organizations around the world....

March 10, 2023 · 1 min · Manoj Nayak