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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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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 ×

General 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 ×

General 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 ×