"The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible… And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists."
- Umberto Eco | The origin of the to-do list and how to design one that actually works
"The disorientation everyone blames on “information overload” may in fact have less to do with the amount of data we are being asked to process than the number of simultaneous people we are being asked to be."
- (thenewinquiry via nathanjurgenson)
"Noise causes fatigue and may reduce productivity by up to 66%. Even *low* intensity noises have been shown to decrease willpower and discipline – even if they didn’t perceive stress from the noise. That’s the problem with noise. You’ll immediately shelter your eyes if there’s glare, but noises’ effects are almost always subconscious."
- Guest Post: How To Hack Your Environment For Maximum Learning
"Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me … they live in their heads. They’re almost like artists. In fact, the very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone …. I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone… Not on a committee. Not on a team."
- Steve Wozniak | The Rise of the New Groupthink
"Introverts are comfortable working alone — and solitude is a catalyst to innovation."
- The Rise of the New Groupthink
"The average American undertakes approximately 170 rituals a day—from shaking hands to picking up their cup of Starbucks. And even though no one gives them a thought, these rituals add up and shape our daily lives. What’s interesting is that the number is steadily increasing. People have added, on average, six new rituals to their portfolio over the past four years. The more stress we feel, the more rituals we carry out."
- What Apple Babies Reveal About Our Tech Routines — Fast Company
"iPhones are killing our discipline, killing our ability for solitude, and killing our ability to be bored."
- James Victore: Don’t Be A Design Zombie