Writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ProfHacker blog, Jason B. Jones offers “Five Reasons to Think About How You Work.”
Thinking about your system can help you make decisions about work based on your values. . . . Focusing your productivity system on next actions can help you fight through procrastination-driving despair. . . . Having a goal-focused productivity system can help you recognize when you are done, as well as whether you are successful. . . . Focusing your productivity system on measurable goals is a useful reality check, and can help you identify where you’re getting bogged down. . . . Having clearly-defined actions in your productivity system can help you focus on what you need to do and to get the stuff dependent on others out of your head.
In a crossover collaboration, Inside Higher Education hosted a GradHacker panel discussion on the topic: http://podcast.gradhacker.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Gradhacker6.mp3