When I’ve got to get some writing done, I turn on my Strict Pomodoro plug-in in Chrome. It shuts off all internet distractions, such as email, for 20 minutes, then sounds a bell and lets me back at them for 5 minutes. I can spend a whole day like this: 20-5, 20-5… When I really need to concentrate, it’s the only thing that works for me.

Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine, in Lifehacker’s series, This Is How I Work.


Chris announced that he’s stepping down to focus on his robotics manufacturing startup, 3D Robotics. While manning the helm at Wired, Chris authored three books that turned him into a leading voice across schools of economics, technology, and DIY design: The Long TailFree, and his latest, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. (He also lead the magazine in nearly doubling its readership, racked up too many awards to count, and landed on the Time100.) 

FJP: The series is quite fantastic. Something like The Atlantic’s What I Read, Lifehacker’s This Is How I Work is a collection of the personal, quirky, productivity habits and idiosyncrasies of great techies, entrepreneurs, writers and more. Some of our favorites:

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