My Productivity Tips and Systems

post by Jack R (Jack Ryan) · 2021-07-25T12:52:34.932Z · LW · GW · 3 comments

Contents

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  Table of Contents
  TODO List: Things 3 + Apple Watch
  Computer restrictions: Cold Turkey
  Sleep: buy anything that can improve your sleep
  Exercise: Find a fulfilling form of exercise that you will do consistently
  Phone restrictions: Screentime (iOS) or Freedom
  Reading list: Instapaper
  Device: Computer Monitor
  Internet speed: Ethernet cable and good internet service
  Device: Mouse
  Miscellaneous tips
  Tracking device usage: RescueTime or Toggl or Forest
  Useful programs/apps/sites
  Useful browser extensions
  Device: MacBook (borrow first)
  Password Manager: Dashlane or NordPass (free?)
  Other products
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[Read bolded words to skim]

“Things 3 is great [...] you should do a writeup for LessWrong and EAF" 

--Kuhan Jeyapragasan, Stanford EA President

Below are a bunch of tips, systems, and devices for improving productivity. I don't mean to claim I know a lot about productivity—I think there is likely a lot of useful advice I am missing. If you are new to thinking about productivity, a lot of this stuff might be useful, though it is probably better to instead aim for the mindset that can generate these tips and habits for yourself. For this, I recommend attending a Center for Applied Rationality workshop, reading the CFAR handbook, checking out Neel Nanda's blog, and/or reading Rationality: A to Z (podcast form here).

My recommendations are in very rough order of how much I recommend them, based on how excited I am/would expect someone else to be to know about the tip (my top recommendation being Things 3 + Apple Watch). Though I didn't try that hard to order things in this way.

Table of Contents

 

TODO List: Things 3 + Apple Watch

Computer restrictions: Cold Turkey

Sleep: buy anything that can improve your sleep

Exercise: Find a fulfilling form of exercise that you will do consistently

Phone restrictions: Screentime (iOS) or Freedom

Reading list: Instapaper

Device: Computer Monitor

Internet speed: Ethernet cable and good internet service

Device: Mouse

Miscellaneous tips

Tracking device usage: RescueTime or Toggl or Forest

Useful programs/apps/sites

Useful browser extensions

Device: MacBook (borrow first)

Password Manager: Dashlane or NordPass (free?)

Other products

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Comments sorted by top scores.

comment by ChristianKl · 2021-07-25T14:12:59.870Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Iron, B12, Omega 3, creatine (might improve cognition, apparently. Feel free to source in comments)

In the Four Hour Body, Tim Ferriss asserts that more Iron is correlated with higher mortality and suggest that you should rather do blood donations to reduce the amount of iron then to take supplements for it. 

Have a sugary multivitamin so you actually take all of your vitamins

This ignores the question of whether taking a multivatamin provides benefits and most studies of multivitamins don't find benefits.

I think it's highly questionable to override your bodies sense of what vitamins it wants with sugar in the case of multivitamins because your body might have a good reason to get you to avoid a product that's unhealthy for you.

comment by Robbo · 2021-08-11T18:18:31.906Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Tons of handy stuff here, thanks!

I love the sound of Cold Turkey. I use Freedom for my computer, and I use it less than I otherwise would because of this anxious feeling, almost certainly exaggerated but still with a basis in reality, that whenever I start a full block it is a Really Big Deal and I might accidentally screw myself over - for example, if I suddenly remember I have to do something else. (Say, I'm looking for houses and it turns out I actually need to go look something up). But Cold Turkey, I'd just block stuff a lot more freely without the anxiety - I'll know if I really need something I can unlock it.  All while having the calm that comes from Twitter not being immediately accessible.

I also find the Freedom interface really terrible and that trivial inconvenience [LW · GW] can keep me from starting blocks.

How often would you say you spend time-you-don't-endorse after unlocking something with the N random characters? Is it pretty effective at keeping you in line?

comment by Zen Alien (zen-alien) · 2021-08-25T12:49:33.170Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

Such a great well-detailled article, this is awesome!

Thanks for the insights and I'd love to share an article about the subject, hope you like it:  https://zenkit.com/en/blog/take-control-of-your-day-with-a-work-productivity-app/