His comments on converting ‘waste time’ into productive time are particularly well noted. He briefly mentions work meetings as places where there are ample opportunities to either stare into space, or fill the gaps with productive actions. That’s a really great tip, and one that I’ve been doing sporadically for years. I’ll take other work into meetings and try to plow through stuff while waiting for people to show up, or when the discussion takes a turn that doesn’t particularly involve me. The reason I say sporadically, is because too often I hustle into meetings at the last minute and don’t bring sufficient materials with me. I’ll take notes on stuff as it pops into my head, but I won’t have any formal work with me. I do have a file of "to read" materials, and once in a while I’ll grab that as I head out the door for a meeting.
I also appreciate his notes on what he calls "full engagement," or using all of our available resources towards a conscious end. Reminds me of one of my favorite essays, Douglas Steere’s (pdf) Being Present (html version).