The current CEO of Microsoft (which caused a huge rise on the stock market) wrote a book called Hit Refresh. This post is a nice summer holiday post with linked resources for you to re-think your productivity and hit refresh yourself!

Let’s start with a 42 minute video from Scott Hanselman back in 2012 at WebStock. He is blogging for years and has more about productivity.

Webstock '12: Scott Hanselman - It's not what you read, it's what you ignore from Webstock on Vimeo.

Here are the books that I have read and recommend:

Pomodoro technique – schedule tasks in small blocks of x uninterrupted minutes

Hit Refresh – The book written by the CEO of Microsoft about their transition of the company

Deep work – A book guiding you to concentrate more

Getting things done – Title says it all. Prioritize tasks and create a system

4 Hour Workweek – Work smarter with these tips and life hacks

And the blogs that I have read:

http://sourcesofinsight.com/the-rule-of-3/ – pick 3 things to focus on. A bit like Warren Buffets advice

https://www.hanselman.com/blog/ScottHanselmansCompleteListOfProductivityTips.aspx – summary of the video from the start of this post.

With these sources I came up with my own subset of productivity tools/habits:

  1. Use Microsoft OneNote to collect data
  2. Use Microsoft To-Do on mobile and desktop to create your daily to-do
  3. Sync to paper to schedule Pomodoro’s
    • I have added the rule of 3 there but divided for personal and work goals


Here is my personal offline weekly sheet. You can download the Excel from my OneDrive account with this link:


Let me know if you have suggestions and what works for you.

Good luck!

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