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Loren Schwartz
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Why Google, Target, and General Mills Are Investing in Mindfulness
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Four fundamentals of workplace automation

The point of the article as I understand it is that there are automate able tasks within everyone's job, even doctors, lawyers and executives and by automating them people can focus on the important aspects of our jobs i.e. the emotional and creative aspects.

Undoubtedly, these advancements will displace people as productivity increases, but personally I would love to see society to try and adopt a 4 day work week instead.

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As the automation of physical and knowledge work advances, many jobs will be redefined rather than eliminated—at least in the short term. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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"The eight-hour day movement or 40-hour week movement, also known as the short-time movement, had its origins in the Industrial Revolution in Britain, where industrial production in large factories transformed working life. The use of child labour was common. The working day could range from 10 to 16 hours for six days a week."

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight-hour_day

So there have been precedents to reducing working hours (and days), although I think that there are at least two cultural "accelerants" that will work against that in this fourth industrial revolution.

1. Parkinson's Law: after my personal big wave of automation two years ago, in theory I should be working the equivalent of a four day week 😉 but in reality additional tasks (some meaningful, some... less so...) simply occupy the empty space.

2. The irresistible, pavlovian response to the always-on culture, enabled by technology but driven by our baser instincts.

In summary, I think the lesson is to educate ourselves and our kids to be as irreplaceable as possible, embrace such technology as labour saving miracles and to be brave enough to choose the more meaningful routes as often as we can.

PS I, for one, welcome our new, robotic overlords... 😎
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Are there any plans for adding a feature to allow users to add bullets via other apps or through x-callback url schemes?

I find Workflowy great for brainstorming, planning and journalling, but fails (for me) when I just want to add a quick note.

Thanks!
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pinboard has a feature (among many other good features) to open a note template.  where you can put title, (or pb tries to add title) and a description area for note, + tagging ability.  pinboard supplies a unique url to this note which you can use like any other note. 

In the past a frequent irritation was that while working on A, I would come across a nugget that I could use in B,C,D, etc..  Stopping what I was doing and going (anywhere even wf) was painful and often I would lose my train of thought.  I now post those random thoughts in pinboard.   Yes, it does make me have an additional review step. (must review all pinboard notes and assign them to its proper destination.  I use it every day now.  works for me [YMMBD]
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3 Reasons Why You Should Only Have One Goal The Rest of Your Life
If you don't have a vision for your own life, you'll become part of someone else's vision for theirs.
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Hi all!

I'm a husband and father of 2. I'm an IT Director in Capital Markets Regulatory Reporting. Managing a decent sized department of Application Development professionals and an app stack keeps me busy and is always a test of my organizational skills.

I'm nostalgic about paper based systems but ultimately find myself using digital all the time for the flexibility and agility it provides. I spent a few months on the Bullet Journal system last year and thought it was the best paper based system out there but ultimately went back to my phone/tablet/online systems.

Currently, my productivity suite at work is heavily based in Outlook to keep a track of my commitments. For (almost) everything else, I use Taskpaper on my iPad using Editorial and Dropbox. It's basically plain text with a bit of structure so it's very flexible and fits my needs as they continue to evolve and grow. I used to use Evernote but that hasn't been the case for a long time now.

I'm also very interested in tips and tools on how to keep a team focused and productive.

Looking forward to the discussions here. 
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Hi Loren, send an email to me Jim@Controlyourday.net and I will get a copy out.
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Intentional rocket fire earlier today by Hamas causes the closure of Kerem Shalom crossing, through which humanitarian aid passes into Gaza. The barrage of rockets hit the crossing compound directly and It was decided not to endanger the workers at the site and to halt the transfer of goods until further notice.
Once again, Hamas prioritizes terror over the welfare of the people of Gaza. http://bit.ly/1r3BTkg
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Evernote Is Ending Support for Clearly and Most Versions of Skitch
A few Evernote apps will no longer be updated or available for download in the new year. These include screenshot and annotating tool Skitch and Clearly, which makes web pages more readable.
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+Denise Hurd Yes, the slow if not halted production on the app would concern me too!
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The Six Lists You Need To Make Every Day Productive
This is a good 'back-to-basics' article that's focused on the central part of all productivity systems: the almighty lists!
You might make a daily to-do list, but have you considered project lists or outsource lists? Here's what to write down to get the most done.
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Good write up on how to be productive with news, blogs, etc. I have a very similar methodology, myself. 
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Hi +Loren Schwartz  thanks for the kudos here, appreciated!  

And thanks for introducing me to this community!  I wasn't aware of the Productivity Community before your post and I joined immediately!  I'm all for finding ways to be more efficient and productive in my day.  AND it's an active group, hooray! 
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For those of you into iOS automation.
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Fans of the app revolutionizing iOS automation
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