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

 

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

 

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100 time, energy, and attention hacks to be more productive

100 time, energy, and attention hacks to be more productive

My 100 favorite time, energy, and attention hacks that will let you get more done.

 

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Technology

Three simple, printable signs to make you more productive [PDFs]

Three simple, printable signs to make you more productive [PDFs]

Your smartphone, the internet, and technology in general can be huge productivity sucks. They’re all essential, of course—it goes without saying that it’d be tough to get a lot of work done without all three. But at the same time, they can be a big drain for your time and […]

by × September 1, 2015 ×

Productivity Experiments

5 huge lessons I learned binge-watching Netflix for a month

5 huge lessons I learned binge-watching Netflix for a month

For the entire month of July, I watched at least eight hours of TV shows, movies, and documentaries on Netflix every second day—including on weekends.

by × August 6, 2015 ×

Productivity Experiments

A few curious observations and updates from my binge-watching experiment

A few curious observations and updates from my binge-watching experiment

At the start of the month I kicked off a productivity experiment to binge-watch Netflix for a month; alternating between watching Netflix for an entire day, and then working the next, to see how binge-watching and vegging out impacts my productivity. I’m right in the thick of the experiment right […]

by × July 16, 2015 ×

Productivity Experiments

My Next Productivity Experiment: One Month of Netflix

My Next Productivity Experiment: One Month of Netflix

Naturally, now that I’ve finished writing my book, I’ve got a lot more time on my hands.  While brainstorming ideas for productivity experiments with a few friends the other day, we came to realize something curious: while I’ve experimented quite a bit with getting more done, I haven’t invested too […]

by × June 30, 2015 ×

Productivity Experiments

Now Streaming: My ‘One Month of Netflix’ Experiment

Now Streaming: My ‘One Month of Netflix’ Experiment

For the entire month of July I’m conducting a productivity experiment: alternating between watching Netflix for an entire day, and then trying to get as much work done as possible the next, to see what impact relaxing and vegging out has on my productivity—if any at all. This article will […]

by × June 30, 2015 ×

General Productivity

10 productivity lessons I learned writing an 80,000-word book in 6 months

10 productivity lessons I learned writing an 80,000-word book in 6 months

About two weeks ago I sent an 81,302-word book manuscript to my publisher. Even though I had to spend the last six months holed up in my office—writing hardly anything on this blog, and working on only a few other things—the project is finished, and I feel damn proud of […]

by × June 18, 2015 ×

Interviews

Interview: 5 things you should know about mindfulness and work

Interview: 5 things you should know about mindfulness and work

Sharon Salzberg was late. With traffic stalled all around her, she sat in the back of a cab, worried that the driver would be late turning in his cab. That’s when he turned around and said something that she remembers to this day: “Madam, traffic is not your fault, nor […]

by × April 2, 2015 ×

Housekeeping

The front page of ALOP just became a bajillion times more helpful

The front page of ALOP just became a bajillion times more helpful

A couple of weeks ago I hired a wicked-talented programmer to make the front page of ALOP a lot more helpful. While I crank out fewer posts until I finish writing my book, I wanted to take the chance to bring some of the classic posts from my blog’s back […]

by × April 2, 2015 ×

Book Reviews

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 ×