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Works by Damon Zahariades


Common Knowledge




Some great tips for anybody who is even remotely self-aware about their productivity habits. Not everything here will apply to everybody, but Zahariades doesn't expect that. He also doesn't expect you to read in one sitting, but rather take it one day (or week) at a time to implement small changes. This will also be a great reference to open from time to time to review tips and steps to take to get back on track!
teejayhanton | 1 other review | Mar 22, 2024 |
Damon Zahariades is a prolific author of short books that are designed to make us more productive, better people. He is also quite fond of exclamation marks and numbered lists (he has a 30-day productivity plan and 21 proven tactics to ‘cure’ one of procrastination). This book too is full of lists of the 3 kinds of this, and the 8 varieties of that. Sadly, it’s all been done before and better (David Allen’s Getting Things Done is a much better and more original work). Still, I am trying out one or two of his ideas, so it wasn’t a complete waste of time — and did I mention that the books he writes are very short?… (more)
ericlee | 1 other review | Jun 3, 2022 |
Good methods

Some annoying writing habits but good information. I may try some of the things he suggested. I need more time and know I procrastinate too much.
GhostDuchess | 1 other review | Apr 8, 2022 |
A Very Timely Productivity Guide

"Psychologists and researchers claim our brains need up to 25 minutes to regain our momentum after each distraction."

Had I been teaching at school, much of this may not have applied. Teaching remotely from home,I found myself falling into unproductive. Patterns. This book got me back on track!

Between Google Classroom notifications, emails and phone calls, I was getting very little done. These types of distractions don't normally interrupt teaching in a school room. (Although during prep periods they may!)

This book was recommended by Michelle Ferre' who is a teacher, coach and vlogger. Her website, and more importantly, her youtube station "A Pocket Full of Primary" have helped my tremendously during the Covid 19 quarantine.

As I read this book it occurred to me: time is structured in a school so that teaching cannot/should not be interrupted.

This book makes suggestions that help you self-regulate your time.
For instance:
"Set specific times of the day to check your email. Pick two and treat them like appointments with yourself."
This may seem obvious to people who regularly work from home, but as a teacher, I did not check email more than 2 times a day... 6 am and 2:30 pm, due to scheduling and teaching obligations.
Having access to distractions became problematic because teaching remotely is so isolating. I had to take action! As Zahariades recommends, I closed my email software and made self-imposed restrictions on my schedule.

"Being perfect is more than just unnecessary. It’s harmful to your productivity...It’s easier to continue working on a current task than to start a new one, especially if the new one requires stepping outside your comfort zone."

This is another important recommendation for me. During a class period, all teachers do the best they can, but no lesson is perfect. How can it be? You cannot account or predict the turns real human interaction can take. Virtual lessons can be rewritten, reformatted, reworded over and over again! This was making me very unproductive!

"Embrace your mistakes. Instead of criticizing yourself, use mistakes as learning opportunities."

In short, I had to learn that students needed specific content, and my delivery, especially in video lessons, need not look like a text book or Hollywood production!

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Chrissylou62 | 1 other review | Aug 1, 2020 |


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