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The busier we get, the guiltier we feel

The busier we get, the guiltier we feel

In my productivity project, one of the experiments I think back to the most is working 90-hour weeks. For a full month, I alternated between working 90 hours one week, and 20 hours the next, to observe the impact that working both insane hours and relaxed hours had on my productivity. […]

by × April 28, 2016 ×

Time

Why the Protestant work ethic is broken

Why the Protestant work ethic is broken

“I’ve never found in my whole life that you could convince someone who doesn’t want to work hard to work hard.” — Steve Jobs1 There is nothing wrong with hard work. But only up to a point. The Protestant work ethic—the work philosophy that those who work hard, and are […]

by × April 27, 2016 ×

Meditation/Mindfulness

You’re always on the record

You’re always on the record

Here’s the tough part about communicating: there will always be a gap between what you intend to say, and how what you say is interpreted. The best leaders, media personalities, and writers are great at making this gap as small as possible—but until we can master telepathy, it will be […]

by × April 26, 2016 ×

Become More Awesome

5 smart ways to spend your willpower wisely

5 smart ways to spend your willpower wisely

How much willpower we have every day is limited—we wake up with a fresh tank of the stuff, but as we exercise our willpower throughout the day, we steadily deplete this reserve. If we’re not careful, we can even run out. This is why, after a long, hard day of […]

by × April 19, 2016 ×

Become More Awesome

If you have a five year plan, your work isn’t interesting enough

If you have a five year plan, your work isn’t interesting enough

I have a strong belief that’s a bit controversial: If you have a detailed plan for where you see yourself in five years, you aren’t doing interesting enough work. The reason for this is simple: the future is impossible to predict. We hardly know what will happen in one year, […]

by × April 14, 2016 ×

Time

If you want to die later, buy this book

If you want to die later, buy this book

Every once in a while, a book comes along that completely changes how you think and feel about a certain topic. Even as someone who reads quite a few books—I finish two or three a week—these books are rare. Here are a few examples of books that have changed my […]

by × April 13, 2016 ×

Focus

The art of doing one thing at a time

The art of doing one thing at a time

Doing only one thing at a time is a surprisingly powerful way to become more productive. On the surface, this makes zero sense: isn’t doing more, faster the ultimate path to productivity? I’d argue vehemently that it isn’t. Doing more than one thing at a time is a great way […]

by × April 11, 2016 ×

General Productivity

Want more self-control? Clean your office.

Want more self-control? Clean your office.

I’ve written in the past about how “clearing to neutral” helps you focus better and tackle procrastination and focus better. “Clearing to neutral” can include cleaning the dishes after eating a meal, closing every program on your work computer before departing the office, or organizing the piles of papers on […]

by × April 8, 2016 ×