General Productivity

General Productivity

Waking up early doesn’t make you more productive. Here’s what does

Waking up early doesn’t make you more productive. Here’s what does

One of the biggest productivity myths out there is that waking up early makes you productive. The idea of waking up early is a sexy one: a lot of people dream about being a productive early riser; drinking a cup coffee, reading the news, working out, and meditating before the […]

by × August 1, 2016 ×

General Productivity

What’s the most consequential thing you could be working on right now?

What’s the most consequential thing you could be working on right now?

The most powerful way to think about the tasks in your work is to think what consequences doing a task will have. In other words, what will be different in the world because you spent time on something? The most productive tasks in your work are the ones that set off […]

by × July 25, 2016 ×

General Productivity

10 tested, proven ways to become less productive

10 tested, proven ways to become less productive

Let’s face it: while there is an abundance of articles on how to become more productive, there aren’t a lot on becoming less productive. With that in mind, I decided to put this article together. While it’s helpful to focus on how to get more done every day, it can […]

by × June 27, 2016 ×

General Productivity

The 10 indispensable things I keep in my laptop bag at all times

The 10 indispensable things I keep in my laptop bag at all times

  Each week I receive a couple of emails asking what I like to carry with me when I travel. Believe it or not, this post took me a pretty long time to write. It’s not that writing listicles like this one is hard—it isn’t. But what took so long was […]

by × June 14, 2016 ×

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 ×

General Productivity

Want more self-control? Clean your office.

Want more self-control? Clean your office.

I’ve written in the past about how “clearing to neutral” helps you focus better and tackle procrastination and focus better. “Clearing to neutral” can include cleaning the dishes after eating a meal, closing every program on your work computer before departing the office, or organizing the piles of papers on […]

by × April 8, 2016 ×

General Productivity

100 things to be grateful for

100 things to be grateful for

Last Monday, I asked newsletter subscribers what five things they were the most grateful for that day. (I bribed them with a chance to win a copy of The Happiness Equation.) The response to the newsletter blew me away—within hours, I had well over 1,000 things to be grateful for in my inbox. […]

by × March 21, 2016 ×

General Productivity

How to Set Smarter, Faster, and Better Goals

How to Set Smarter, Faster, and Better Goals

Just last week, Charles Duhigg released a worthy followup to his first book, The Power of Habit. Titled Smarter Faster Better, it’s a wildly entertaining read—I couldn’t put it down. As someone who has read an incredible number of productivity books, this book easily takes the cake as the most entertaining; chock […]

by × March 16, 2016 ×

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