June 18, 2021•469 words
I will talk about productivity today.
What is productivity? It's a big question to think about.
Do we have to be productive all the time?
The idea of productivity is very foggy to me, it's all to do with society and capitalism, mainly neoliberalism, that forces employees to always be productive without thinking about their health, only about profit.
Even in a pandemic, we have to be productive no matter what happens in our life.
What is more important? Your life or the company? Clearly our life, please!
We have only one life, I intend to spend this time with my family and friends, doing things that I love. This doesn't say anything about my professional skills or that I don't do my job correctly. I'm a developer, but my profession does not define my life.
While at work, I do my best to deliver the features and improve the product that customers use.
I use some tools to help manage my time.
One of those is Clockwise.
From their website, we have this information about what Clockwise is.
It is a smart calendar assistant that makes your calendar work for you.
Clockwise is the smart calendar extension that frees up your time, so you can focus on what matters.
Clockwise brings together a powerful optimization engine with a personal calendar assistant to make your work life run smoothly.
🗓Clockwise automatically moves your meetings in order to optimize your calendar and free up Focus Time for you and your team. Level-up your time management with Clockwise.
Clockwise creates more time for you to get things done through:
— Blocks of uninterrupted time to help you focus on what matters.
— Automatic scheduling conflict resolution to cut your busywork.
— Work and meeting hours preferences for a schedule that works for you.
I configure my focus time on Clockwise to be 40 hours / week. It's impossible, but Clockwise tries to force me to as many focus hours as I can. And they really help to keep your agenda tidy.
A technique I use sometimes, depending on which task I am doing, is pomodoro. It basically forces you to focus and break the focus time in specific time slots.
I use an app on my android to do that called Pomodoro. They allow you to customize how much time you spend in your sessions and day goals. It's a very nice this tool because you have limited time to focus on your task, and after 25 minutes, the app alerts you to pause for 5 minutes and rest for that time. After some sessions the pause break is long, about 15 minutes to rest, everything is possible to customize which is really cool.
I think that's it for now, and don't forget to rest and relax when the weekend comes. Don't push yourself too hard, this is unproductive.