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General Productivity

Nothing will make you more productive than caring about your work

Nothing will make you more productive than caring about your work

The reason I love productivity so much is because our time is limited—and the best productivity tactics help us accomplish more in the limited time we have. It’s fun to invest in productivity tactics, and see them lead us to accomplish more. At the same time, the best productivity tactics […]

by × May 26, 2016 ×

Health

If drinking were an Olympic sport, here’s how you’d win a gold medal

If drinking were an Olympic sport, here’s how you’d win a gold medal

Adam Kreek is a gold medal winning Olympian, a speaker, and an all around nice guy. So when he writes about a topic, I immediately listen up. Recently, Adam published a piece on the CBC about the fives rules he follows to drink alcohol more productively. In my view, drinking […]

by × May 25, 2016 ×

Book Reviews

The 10 best productivity books out there

The 10 best productivity books out there

Over the last several years, especially during my productivity project, I’ve read countless books about productivity—some that were more helpful than others. When it came time to put this article together, it was very difficult to choose between them, with so many good ones out there. But finally I picked the […]

by × May 24, 2016 ×

Productivity Experiments

Here’s what I learned living like a caveman for a month

Here’s what I learned living like a caveman for a month

Why we’re built the way we are I find history boring. Back in high school, I always tried to avoid studying the subject, opting to take electives like economics and business instead. I usually gloss over the history of pretty much anything when I’m reading a book or article. But […]

by × May 16, 2016 ×

Housekeeping

Introducing Productivity Courses for Teams

Introducing Productivity Courses for Teams

This morning, I launched something huge. The biggest question I’ve received since The Productivity Project came out is how to implement everything in the book in a workplace or team. (That might sound like nothing more than a catchy intro, but it’s true.) Over the last several months, I’ve piloted […]

by × May 9, 2016 ×

Time

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 ×