Scott MacLeod

One of the many reasons I my work time in my calendar

“Let’s start with the premise that you have a 40 hour week. (If you just started crying you need a new job.) That’s 40 hours of time to do your job. Now look at your calendar. If your job is to spend a very large part of those 40 hours in meetings scheduled for you by other people then you’re fine. If your job is to produce things such as code, comps, analyses, flow documents, etc....

Make Sure to Keep an Eye on the Elephant

An elephant is surrounded by a group of curious blind people. Each person is touching a single body part — trunk, tail, ears, and so on. The group gets together thereafter, compares notes, and are shocked by what they find. Everyone has a different impression of the elephant. The descriptions offered by each participant is completely different. As a group they’re incapable of describing the elephant because no one is able to see every part....

Why you should take “Focus Time” even as a Manager

So one day I stopped. Not forever, but for that day. I did anything but respond to emails. Something interesting happened: people with real fires called me, and those were worked out. And the next day, when I went to look at my email, I started responding with: “Is this issue resolved now?” Almost every email had been resolved in less than 24 hours — often less than an hour....

The Books I Read in February

So yes I took a little while to get to writing this. But I’m putting that blame completely on Helen Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni, which is an amazing piece of fiction, and a book I’ll write about later. For the month of February, I mainly read three books: Mediations by Marcus Aurelius, Lying by Sam Harris, and The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday. Mediations — Marcus Aurelius Meditations (the specific translation is the one by Gregory Hays) is a very interesting book, written in the Second Century CE (or AD as some people prefer), it surprisingly is very relevant today....

Podcasts That Help Me Be A Better Man

Recently, I’ve heavily cut back on the podcasts I listen to, as I’ve been reading when commuting, so the only time I have to listen is mainly when I’m exercising. And since the podcasts I enjoy are often longer than an hour, sometimes a podcast can last multiple sessions. Recently, I’ve taken my self improvement interest into the podcast realm, and have come to listen to three podcasts regularly that I feel improve myself....

Lying

I just finished reading Lying by Sam Harris and I’m quite moved by the premise. Harris argues that there is no reasonably ethical situation where one should lie (even a white lie) and I tend to agree with him. The most important thing that Harris does consider, is that on shouldn’t be bluntly honest. One should consider the truth that is told rather than defaulting to a lie, as if a lie is found out it is often more harmful than any truth, not matter the brutality of the truth....

The Diversification of Ideas

Originally I started to write a very different post than this one. However, this thread of thought has caught me and will niggle at me until I write it down. If you want to read the piece that inspired this post, please see it here, it’s a very good read. The piece above started me thinking on how people consume ideas. In a world where we have unlimited access to ideas, I see many people choosing to have ideas filtered away from them....

“If you don’t have time to read this…read it twice.”

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2016 — A Year of Change

Just a warning before we get started: This post is a bit aspirational, so if you’re not interested in it feel free to skip this one. For me 2016 is going to be a year of change. Although over the last few years I’ve made many changes that have improved my life for the better, there is still much room for improvement. I’ve identified a few areas where I think I can improve which will bring significant changes to my life....

Why I Buy “All Those Apps” — The Pickle Theory

Not only do they save time in the obvious sense, they also spare stress and frustration that could’ve been regarded as unavoidable. The impending yearly car test, why do you need to remember when that is? The house insurance you need to renew, the phone call you promised to make for a friend, your mobile plan expiring soon, the meeting you just agreed to. You think you don’t spend time thinking about these little, mundane bits, but they are there, accumulating brain-cruft at the back of your head, not letting you achieve a “mind like water....