A passage by Chris Bailey (pp. 4-5) in The Productivity Project (2016) describes campuses in the 1960s and 1970s that were built without any paths:
“During the 1960s and 1970s, the University of California at Irvine was one of a group of universities that decided to build their campuses without any paths. (I went to school in Canada, but I love this story.) Students and faculty simply walked in the grass around the campus buildings as they pleased, without following a walkway that was already paved for them. A year or so later, once the school could see where the grass was worn around the buildings, they paved over those paths instead. The sidewalks at UC Irvine don’t simply connect the buildings to one another in a predetermined way – they’re mapped to where people naturally want to walk. Landscape architects call these paths ‘desire paths.’ ”
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CBC Ontario Today, Jan. 14, 2016
The above-noted book was the subject of a CBC Radio, Ontario Today broadcast, which I found of much interest, entitled: “What slows you down?”
An online note reads:
“After graduating from university, Chris Bailey embarked on a year-long experiment to figure out what makes him more productive and what slows him down. He went several weeks with little sleep; cut out caffeine and sugar; got up earlier; worked longer. The result is his new book, The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention and Energy.”
The online note refers to several related links:
Ten tips for being more productive
The above-noted link features the following ten tips from Chris Bailey:
1. Consume caffeine strategically, not habitually.
2. Work on your hardest, highest return tasks at your peak energy time of the day.
3. Group grocery shopping, choice and maintenance tasks on a specific day.
4. Compartmentalize email and social media to specific times.
5. Take quick, frequent breaks throughout the day.
6. Focus on one task at a time. Multitasking is simply less productive.
7. Allow your mind to wander a little every day, so creative solutions can bubble to the surface.
8. Schedule less time for important tasks.
9. To get more done, strive for imperfection.
10. Slow down, so you’re able to work more deliberately, and with intention.
[End of text by Chris Bailey]
A previous post addressed, from a different angle. the topic of getting things dome:
A Jan. 17, 2016 Guardian article is entitled: “Sweet nightmares: a guide to cutting down on sugar: Sugar is making us fatter and sicker. Yet we still don’t realise how much we’re eating. As the government considers imposing a tax, we look at how to cut down without missing out. Plus: alternative recipes.”