Time management: How an MIT postdoc writes 3 books, a PhD defense, and 6+ peer-reviewed papers — and finishes by 5:30pm

Cal Newport, a post-doc at MIT who writes the blog Study Hacks, has an interesting method of getting important work done. He calls it "fixed-schedule productivity." The idea is easy to understand, but perhaps harder to execute: determine your goals, and focus on those, not the myriad interruptions that arise each day. Perhaps a resolution for the new year? (Spotted via Boing Boing.)

Thanks, that's very interesting :-)
Phil, could you comment on how you work? Have you done any major changes to your method since your degree, or just small adjustments?
Prof. Wadler,

same as the above. and thanks for the post.
Interesting strategy - will definitely give it a try. I've recently started using scheduling programs like meebee to help with my tme management. Works well for me but I'm always looking for new tips, so thanks.
Fascinating approach, Wadler. Will try to incorporate. Andy: might give meebee.com a try, too.
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