Hackers Digest #22: Elon Musk’s Key to Productivity

Elon Musk

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Hackers Digest, a weekly feature that shines a light on some of the most cutting-edge ideas about productivity that emerged over the past several days. We explore every nook and cranny of the Internet to find the six best hacks and productivity stories of the week so you don’t have to.

Here’s what’s on tap this week:

1. Twelve productivity tips for work-at-home parents.

U.S. professionals are increasingly working from home. Some of the folks that fall into that category try to juggle doing their actual jobs with being stay-at-home parents. If that sounds complicated, it’s because it is. Luckily, if you find yourself in this position, you don’t have to go it on your own. Lots of other remote workers have been in your shoes before, and they have a slew of tips you can use to be an even more effective worker. Among them? Keep a legitimate schedule. Set aside blocks of time to do specific tasks Designate a specific working area. Read more about those three tips—and nine more—over at KSL.

2. Getting crushed by a mountain of email? Here’s how you clean up your inbox.

A few weeks ago, we shared a story that says today’s workers are overwhelming drowning in email. Despite all of the gains in technology and all the new platforms designed to eliminate email, professionals still spend an insane amount of time inside their inboxes every single day. Instead of accepting that as the norm, there are steps you can take to make your email load considerably easier to bear. For example, you may want to unsubscribe from all of the mailing lists and Google Alerts you swore would help you. You might also want to make use of email filters that sort your mail for you. Those tips and more are over at Arabian Business.

3. Will augmented reality and virtual reality transform productivity?

When you really stop to think about it, the world was incredibly different just 10 years ago. Sure, we had the internet. But nobody had smartphones. While we may not think it at the time, many technologies transform the way we do work. According to one writer, virtual reality and augmented reality are poised to do the same—even if you might not think so just yet. For example, it’s only a matter of time before technicians will start using augmented reality to fix hardware and other devices. And who knows the extent to which organizations will leverage virtual reality in the future? The case is made at IEET.

4. Don’t think about how to improve productivity. Think about what’s holding you back.

We spend so much time thinking about how we can be more effective workers. But what if our approach to productivity is wrong? Instead of thinking about what you can do to be more productive, it might be time to start thinking about what you are doing that is not productive. By flipping the productivity question around, you may very well find yourself trimming the fat off your workday and becoming more productive. For more, head to Business2Community.

5. The link between emotional intelligence and productivity.

Who isn’t in awe of Elon Musk? When he’s not busy trying to build incredible electric cars for Tesla, he’s trying to figure out how to create reusable rockets for SpaceX. And when he’s not doing either of those things, he’s on the board of SolarCity, trying to figure out how to make solar commercially viable. Quite simply, Elon Musk is a productivity beast—and he’s very successful at what he does. But when it comes to guys like Elon Musk, what many of us don’t talk about is emotional intelligence. When you stop to think about it, Elon Musk may very well be driven by his emotions. The prospect of pushing a self-driving car to the masses, for example, can save upwards of 3,000 lives a year. Musk might actually feel what many of us can only imagine feeling: that what he does professionally may actually change the world for the better. Head over to Innovation Excellence to read the story.

6. This author’s productivity experiment was a terrible failure.

Maybe you can relate to feeling as though you are constantly working. Sick of being glued to his computer the entire day, one writer embarked on a two-week productivity experiment where he limited himself to working between the hours of 12 p.m. and 9 p.m. Free mornings: Who wouldn’t sign up for that? But it turns out that his working situation didn’t end up as glamorous as it might sound. After a few days of not working during the morning, the writer couldn’t wait for his experiment to end. Why? Fortune has the full story.

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