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Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual by John Z. Sonmez

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Chapter 39. My quota system: How I get way more done than I should

I’ve already told you about the basic system I use to stay as productive as possible, but there’s another part to it that I haven’t talked about very much. This part of my productivity system is unique—as far as I can tell. I haven’t ever heard anyone else talk about it or seen it in any productivity systems. I call it the quota system.

I use the quota system to make sure I make definite, measurable progress toward my most important goals on a daily and weekly basis. In this chapter, I’m going to tell you about the basics of the quota system and how you can use it yourself.

The problem

One of the major problems I had with all the productivity systems I tried is that none of ...

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