Wednesday, September 05, 2007

is it just a coincidence...?

that everyone is 10 times more productive this week than usual, and that Robert the Publisher happens to be in New Zealand?

7 comments:

Maprilynne said...

Hehe. In all of my former jobs, everyone got significantly LESS productive.:)

angelle said...

i think its the cupcakes!

David L. McAfee said...

I gotta echo Aprilynne on this one.

Boss away = employees play.

writtenwyrdd said...

I've had bosses who turn productive employees who love their work (non-profit) into tail-chasers. More work without boss there.

writtenwyrdd said...

Hey, wait a mo...my current job is like that, too!

Live@theGrouchoClub said...

Robert is psychically transmitting vicarious Lord of the Rings powers.

Froog said...

On the topic of efficiency (kind of), but not at all on the topic of Robert/Sauron.... I wondered if you'd ever seen this old post from my blog, The 7 Habits of Highly Efficient (?) Readers?

An interesting little provocation, I thought at the time - but it seems to have been entirely overlooked: no comments as yet.

It's quite a short post, so I'll paste the whole thing below.


1) Read books in bookshops without buying them.

2) Browse, rather than reading whole books.

3) Make snap judgements about the quality of the writing by skimming a single page at random (and never read anything badly-written).

4) Have several books on the go at once.

5) Don't worry about not finishing books.

6) Always carry a book in your pocket.

7) Always buy one book - but only one - whenever you visit a bookshop.


I'm not really sure that I believe in this advice - but I throw it out there as a provocation. I have noticed these tendencies in myself, and was reproving myself for them the other day; but then I fell to thinking that there may be arguments to be made in favour of each of them.