#Review: book on productivity: The 80/20 Principle -Richard Koch

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I love everything that has to do with productivity so I was eager to dive into this rather unusual and strange concept but I quickly realized that the author takes this one little mindset shift to the extreme up to the point that he wants to apply it to everything and everywhere. It seems to lack an understanding of a wide range of customer and (human in general) behaviours and psychology. Yes, data is good but interpretation should be the focus.

My Goodreads review: “Interesting argument on productivity from a very data driven point of view. The problem is that it suggests extreme usage of this principle. It’s way too simplified to use in a variety of situations and it’s lacking real adaptability in the online business world. This book is more suitable for offline businesses and factories with physical products. All in all it’s an interesting book on a ‘principle’ that can change how we use our time and energy but it should not be used all the time everywhere to the extreme.

The gist: a new way of looking at business data and productivity.

The problem: the application of the principle is too extreme.

Conclusion: if you’re interested in productivity theories this book can give you a new way of looking at how you spend your time and energy but the principle should be applied with care and only in certain situations.

Share your thoughts! Do you like this book? Do you use this ‘principle’?

#Review: InsertLearning app

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InsertLearning is a Chrome app that helps you turn web pages into lessons with questions, highlights, and notes. It is designed for Google Classroom. If you often quiz your students on certain texts or give them reading assignments, this extension can be very helpful. Your students can directly answer questions on the page, add notes or highlight text for future reading. You can add video and even monitor your students’ answers in real-time.

Pros: It’s a neat little extension that can be used on any webpage even on your own in case you put up lessons for your students there. You can create highly interactive lessons.

Cons: It only works with published web pages with domain names, so no simple Html or Javascript files. Students need to be in Google Classroom and given access to the modified pages. It only gives 2 lessons free.

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Comment and share your thoughts on it! Do you use it? It is useful?