Rendering Beautiful PDF Documents with Calibre

The free software Calibre allows to convert various ebook formats (such as EPUB and MOBI) into PDF documents. Unfortunately, the default settings of Calibre do not result in the creation of easily readable documents. Thus, I have provided here some sample settings for a nice looking PDF output for Calibre: First, import the book you … Continue reading Rendering Beautiful PDF Documents with Calibre

Work in Disguise: Two Strategies to Find Out If You Are Truly Taking a Break

One of the most challenging aspects of knowledge work is one that is often overlooked: much of what we call knowledge ‘work’ is actually quite fun. Think of an entrepreneur, a software developer who likes to write code, think of a manager who likes to see her objects develop in fruitful ways, think of a … Continue reading Work in Disguise: Two Strategies to Find Out If You Are Truly Taking a Break

Why the Ideal Task is Necessary, Rewarding and Fun

When it comes to organizing our lives, structured and logical approaches are in no short supply. Divide large projects into small tasks. Prioritize what is more important over what is less so. Identify the critical path of tasks leading most surely to success. All these are activities of the conscious and deliberate mind. Some psychologist … Continue reading Why the Ideal Task is Necessary, Rewarding and Fun

The Dangers of the OK Plateau and How to Overcome Them

I found the following wonderful quote in Daniel Goleman's Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence via Brain Pickings: Amateurs are content at some point to let their efforts become bottom-up operations. After about fifty hours of training — whether in skiing or driving — people get to that “good-enough” performance level, where they can go through the … Continue reading The Dangers of the OK Plateau and How to Overcome Them