Articles by: Chris Bailey

General Productivity

How to kick bad habits by making them “more expensive”

How to kick bad habits by making them “more expensive”

People hate losing what they have, but that’s not entirely a bad thing, because you can use the awesome power of “loss aversion” to your advantage to lose weight.

by × May 8, 2013 ×

Productivity Experiments

6 wacky productivity experiments I’m conducting over the next year

6 wacky productivity experiments I’m conducting over the next year

My goal isn’t only to write about productivity over the next year – it’s to live it. So I’m not just going to post quick hacks that I’ve found useful, I’m going to dive right into productivity and use myself as a guinea pig to see what works and what doesn’t. Here are six productivity experiments I’ll be conducting.

by × May 7, 2013 ×

Time

Easy Win: Discover exactly how productive you are on the computer with this free app

Easy Win: Discover exactly how productive you are on the computer with this free app

If you don’t know how you’re spending your time on the computer, chances are you could be wasting a lot of it. Enter RescueTime, a free, simple utility that will show you exactly where your time goes.

by × May 6, 2013 ×

Time

What is the very next thing you’ll do after reading this blog post?

What is the very next thing you’ll do after reading this blog post?

Picking the next thing to do is hard. Where the hell do you start? It’s helpful to have a process you can follow that will guide you in the right direction, and David Allen provides two of them in his book, Getting Things Done.

by × May 3, 2013 ×

Housekeeping

Before and after.

What’s the point of becoming more productive, anyway?

Writing about productivity blindly is a little like writing about being pregnant. I will never know what that’s like, and so writing about it would be pretty pointless. The same goes for this project.

by × May 2, 2013 ×

Focus

Use this simple trick at your next presentation to make your audience instantly pay attention

Use this simple trick at your next presentation to make your audience instantly pay attention

Most presentations are boring, and as a part of my business degree I’ve listened to countless presenters drone on while a boring screen filled with boring words sits behind behind them. This quick trick will get your audience to focus back on you.

by × May 2, 2013 ×

Housekeeping

It sure is fun to jump head-first into something

It sure is fun to jump head-first into something

Yesterday was an exciting day. A couple of minutes after sending out a bunch of messages to friends about launching A Year of Productivity, the site went down for several hours. But it did get a lot better, and a lot more fun.

by × May 1, 2013 ×

Housekeeping

Introducing A Year of Productivity

Introducing A Year of Productivity

I just got my business degree and was offered two great jobs, both of which I turned down. Why? Because I have a plan. For exactly one year, beginning May 1st, I’ll devour everything I can get my hands on about productivity, and write every day about what I’m learning. No catches – just a total focus on finding practical, tactical tips to make my life and your life better.

by × May 1, 2013 ×

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