Most semesters, I teach a college study skills class. This semester, I’m taking a class instead (two, actually: Basic Statistics and Experimental Psychology). This means I get to test all the advice I’ve been giving my students for the last five years. And one piece of advice I give to my college students is to […]
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, project management, how to use Getting Things Done, improving concentration, and the power of accountability.
From the time we’re in diapers, we’re taught the Golden Rule: treat others the way you’d like to be treated. As a rule of thumb, this is great advice. It’s certainly better than treating others in ways no one would like to be treated. But in Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life […]
How should we structure our schedule when it comes to big, important projects? As I’ve argued in the past, we should schedule long chunks of time for our most important work. Long stretches dedicated to a single project usually produce much higher-quality work than an equivalent number of minutes spread out over many work sessions. […]
After months of focused work, a small tech company launches an ambitious new app. What next? After the launch party, the wise thing to do is conduct a project post-mortem—a process aimed at extracting lessons and insights from the recently-completed project. In the business world, project post-mortems are standard practice (especially among software and IT […]
The device you’re reading from right now—the laptop, phone, or tablet that’s displaying this article—what made you pick it? What about the web browser you used to load this website? It’s probably Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Why did you choose it over one of the others? When you need to create a document, do you […]
Some professional duties are straightforward. We know what needs to be done, who needs to do it, and when: deliver a status update at next week’s board meeting plan a gala for October teach three sections of Accounting 101 next semester give a presentation at an annual conference Tasks and projects like this make up […]