General Productivity

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

The Soylent 2.0 formula is actually pretty good

The Soylent 2.0 formula is actually pretty good

I recently spoke at a private conference, and for fun, arranged to serve everyone in attendance a glass of Soylent. Soylent is a powdered food substitute that contains everything your body nutritionally needs over the course of the day—carbs, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, etc. I was curious what people would […]

by × May 31, 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 ×

General Productivity

For a productivity boost, think back

For a productivity boost, think back

The hard part about writing about personal productivity is just that—productivity is personal. Since we are all wired differently, no one piece of productivity advice will work the same for everybody. There are a few exceptions to this rule—for example, most people are not good at multitasking, and we all […]

by × March 2, 2016 ×

General Productivity

The cure for writer’s block (or any kind of block, really)

The cure for writer’s block (or any kind of block, really)

Writing and running The only way to run a marathon is to put one foot in front of the other, again and again, until you’ve run 26.2 miles. No matter how much you train, or how many running magazines you read, it’s impossible to run a marathon without doing this. […]

by × February 11, 2016 ×

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