John Poelstra

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Five Days of My Own (Un)Productivity (81)

I don’t have a typical work week. However, here’s one I chronicled and reflected on with Mike Vardy as an experiment for his podcast.

Do You Have a Time or Mission Problem? (69)

Here’s a short riff on a section from Time Warrior by Steve Chandler about alleged “time management” problems.

Plugging Leaks to Focus and Execute (66)

It’s easy to get off track and lose focus. Here are some of the ways I have been attempting to sharpen my focus and execution.

Changing Teams From the Inside with Alexis Monville (63)

Alexis Monville from the Red Hat Engineering Leadership team joins me to talk about his experiences leading, developing and changing teams. He’s also the author of a new book: Changing Your Team From The Inside.

Summer 2018 Learnings (62)

Summer 2018 was a busy time with lots of trips, continuous learning and new ways to grow.

The Drug of Distraction

I believe one competitive advantage of the future will be the ability to focus, concentrate, and get things done–the ability to overcome the notion that we can effectively multitask and context switch while doing quality work and having meaningful interactions…. Continue Reading →

Kitchen Timer Power

Want to get unstuck and get more done?  You need this “high tech” gadget from the kitchen! The picture above is one of my secrets to success.  The electronic version died and got replaced by this one from the junk… Continue Reading →

Stop Firefox From Stealing Focus

When Ubuntu 10.4 was released I used it as my primary desktop for a week before alternating between it and Fedora.  The polish and finish of the desktop experience is subtle in some places and  noticeable in others–with the exception of the… Continue Reading →

Is Doing More Important Than Knowing?

In Tim Ferris’ book The 4-Hour Work Week, he talks about skipping the news circuit–that doing so will add more hours to your day and ultimately doesn’t matter.  He isn’t advocating being uninformed.  He’s advocating using time intentionally for things… Continue Reading →

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