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Best Articles

Best Articles

The very best experiments, interviews, and articles I’ve published so far.

 

Productivity Experiments

Productivity Experiments

Productivity Experiments

All of the crazy productivity experiments I’ve conducted on myself so far.

 

AYOP

A Year of Productivity

A Year of Productivity

The precursor to A Life of Productivity.

 

Most Recent Posts

Book Reviews, Interviews

Pick This Up: David Allen’s revised Getting Things Done book comes out today (+ interview!)

Pick This Up: David Allen’s revised Getting Things Done book comes out today (+ interview!)

About a decade ago, I picked up a copy of David Allen’s canonical Getting Things Done book, and almost immediately after I started reading I was bit by the productivity bug. I’ve been into productivity ever since. While 10 years later it’s still my favorite productivity book, at the same […]

by × March 17, 2015 ×

Mindfulness & Meditation, Productivity

How to Stay Productive When Everything Goes to $&@%#

How to Stay Productive When Everything Goes to $&@%#

  The beautiful thing about studying productivity is that I am always learning. This felt especially true when, a couple of weeks ago, everything went to $&@%#”. A couple of weeks ago, I took a trip to Dublin. With my new book in the works,1 my intention was to take […]

by × March 12, 2015 ×

Productivity

My Favorite New Year’s Ritual: Creating an Accomplishments List

My Favorite New Year’s Ritual: Creating an Accomplishments List

Every year around this time, with vacations kicking in and work slowing down, people begin to take stock of how the year went and start planning for the next one. While setting goals for the new year is important (and I wrote a totally free book on keeping your New […]

by × December 17, 2014 ×

Money

For every $18.12 you save, you buy back an entire day of your life (+ calculator)

For every $18.12 you save, you buy back an entire day of your life (+ calculator)

  Saving money is basically a way of buying back your own time—and after you add in the powerful effects of compound interest, you quickly realize just how much of your future time and freedom you can buy back with very little cost to you today. I recently got my […]

by × November 19, 2014 ×

Productivity

Announcement: I’m writing and publishing a book with Crown Business, an imprint of Penguin Random House

Announcement: I’m writing and publishing a book with Crown Business, an imprint of Penguin Random House

  When I think back to high school English class, it definitely wasn’t the best of times. To this day, I remember Googling phrases like “Fahrenheit 451 Plot Summary” and “A Tale of Two Cities Sparknotes” so I could read as little as possible when writing up assignments and book […]

by × November 6, 2014 ×

Energy Hacks, Productivity

10 ways to stay productive when you just don’t feel like it

10 ways to stay productive when you just don’t feel like it

  I think it’s human nature to resist getting things done every once in a while. Over the course of a week, as your energy levels ebb and flow relative to everything from how much sleep you get, to how much caffeine you consume, to how much time you spend […]

by × October 22, 2014 ×

Technology

10 killer ways to tame your email inbox

10 killer ways to tame your email inbox

    If you’re average, chances are you spend more than one quarter of your time at work on email. According to a report from the McKinsey Global Institute, the average employee spends 2.6 hours every day on email—that’s equivalent to 28% of your work day, and this study was […]

by × September 29, 2014 ×

Health, Productivity Experiments

My Next Productivity Experiment: Going Vegetarian for 60 Days

My Next Productivity Experiment: Going Vegetarian for 60 Days

Over the last year and bit I’ve conducted countless productivity experiments on myself—here are a few of the larger ones—and to date I have failed, or partially-failed, at just two. Coincidentally, both of the experiments involved food; for the first I tried to eat only “soylent” for a week, and […]

by × September 2, 2014 ×

Productivity

Chances are you spend way too much time staring at screens every day

Chances are you spend way too much time staring at screens every day

If you’re average, you spend a crazy amount of time staring at shiny rectangles every day.  Here’s a fascinating breakdown from Mary Meeker (an Internet Analyst at Morgan Stanley) that shows exactly how much time people around the world spend looking at their TVs, computers, smartphones, and tablets every day:1 […]

by × July 10, 2014 ×