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Monday, March 14 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
I'm So Productive, I Never Get Anything Done

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Make the coffee, check the RSS, groom the avatar, freshen the blog, make nice with the Twitter, now it's time to ... do the same thing again. Meanwhile your job/project/spouse/story sits there, staring at you with big cow eyes and wonders if you will ever leave the grid and do something real, something productive, something that will yield cash money and not just more followers on Twitter. Most of us work alone in a room, armed with a desktop that is more powerful -- and distracting -- than entire offices a decade ago, and yet the actual throughput of an average day can be negligible. Let's talk to some people who have actually done things -- written books, built businesses, created technology -- about their process. Do they have a clear, bright line between consuming media and producing it? Is it best to have multiple streams on one screen or toggle between to stay on task? Do they have a day part when they are off the grid? And why do great ideas come in the shower? Let's figure out whether the Web is the greatest productivity tool ever invented or a destroyer of initiative and long thoughts.

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David Carr

Columnist/ReporterThe New York Times
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Ta-Nehisi Coates

Sr EditorThe AtlanticTa-Nehisi Coates is a Senior Editor for The Atlantic. He blogs for the site and writes for the magazine. Coates has written for The New York Times, The Times Magazine, The Washington Monthly and The Atlantic.
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Molly McAleer

CEOMollsSheWroteMolly McAleer is a writer and Internet personality living in Los Angeles. She has produced web series and videos for AOL/HBO's ThisJustIn, Gawker, Defamer, Jezebel, Fleshbot, Idolator, Film.com and Teen.com. Her writing has appeared on TV.com, EvilBeetGossip, TheSmokingJacket... Read More →
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Anthony De Rosa

Social Media EditorReuters

Monday March 14, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 10AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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