It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. Steven Pressfield, The War of Art Think about a time you moved a heavy piece of furniture, like a solid oak dresser. Do you remember noticing that the hard part isn’t pushing the dresser across the floor, but getting it moving […]
Below, you'll find articles on productivity. Time is a non-renewable resource, and how we spend our time largely determines on our lives turn out.
Topics include time management, priority management, how to use Getting Things Done, improving concentration, and the power of accountability.
What can you do with 3 inches of dental floss? Not much. A 12-inch length of floss is 100% useful relative to its intended purpose: cleaning between your teeth. It’s long enough to wrap around your fingers a few times, so it makes the job easy (or as easy as possible, because every time I […]
How do you behave when you’re on a tight deadline? Say you’ve got to submit grades by 5 pm, finish a paper by midnight, or make final arrangements for this weekend’s event with 1,000 attendees. You’re under the gun, and you need to produce. Not tomorrow, not tonight. Now. What do you do? shut your […]
Most of the ideas in this post are borrowed or adapted from David Allen’s must-read book Getting Things Done. I use a modified version of GTD to run my entire life, and if you want the full story, check out my GTD tutorial posts. Everybody loves a clean desk. But without a system for managing […]
All sunshine makes a desert. — Unknown You’re going to have bad days. There’s no way around it. Something big will go wrong, a bunch of little things will go wrong, or you just won’t be able to summon any motivation. When you’re having a bad day, it’s tempting to bail: “Well, I’m not going […]