I’ve been enjoying Nicholas Bate’s latest mini-book, Paradoxical Productivity 35, in the run-up to the traditional Christmas/New Year period of planning, contemplation and rumination. 35 thought-provoking tips for a more effective year ahead that centre on doing the right things, at the right time, with the right degree of attention:
8. Put the work in at the start: for an easy life later on.
26. Lunch is not time to catch up on e-mail.
31. By hand, in person.
It’s the kind of book to always have on the corner of your desk, as a reminder and a talisman against bad habits.