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20 Productivity Tips: You Can Be 15 Percent (One) More Productive

Hirotsugu Asari (Engine Yard)
Location: Ballroom IV
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Jason Fried says Work doesn’t happen at work, but you can work as productively as possible wherever you are (even at work).
We will explore principles of productivity, as well as techniques and tools you can use.

Topics include:

Principles of productivity

  1. how we lose productivity, and how we can maintain it
  2. engaging many parts of the brain
  3. meaningful repetition


  1. Pomodoro technique (forcing time constraints on a task) and tools
  2. GTDā„¢ (externalizing what’s unimportant) and tools
  3. mind maps

Software and hardware that allows high productivity

  1. paper and pen/pencil
  2. larger screen (more screen for fewer context switches)
  3. full screen mode (less distraction)
  4. muscle memory
  5. text macro (Text Expander, TypeIt4Me, QuicKeys)
  6. note taking (Evernote, Notational Velocity, Voodoo Pad, DEVONthink)
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Hirotsugu Asari

Engine Yard

Hiro Asari is a JRuby Support Engineer at Engine Yard. He is also a JRuby committer. Ruby has freed him from his past professional life as a database administrator and as a hobbyist Perl hacker.