When you’re bogged down in the details of a task, how do you get out? I recently listened to an especially compelling episode of Tim Ferriss’s podcast: his interview with photographer Chase Jarvis. I gleaned many useful tips, but one idea rose to the top. In order to avoid burnout in high-stress activities (like producing […]
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.
When are you the most productive? Does it tend to be: When your schedule is wide open? When you’re almost booked solid? For me, work is slow right now. My students are gone for the summer, and next fall’s freshmen won’t be here for college orientation until June. There’s preparatory work to be done, but […]
Do you want to read more? Do you have a smartphone? Do you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, habitually checking Twitter, or scanning Google News with no recollection of how you got there? Yeah, me too. I think I’ve found a solution. The Problem You and me, see, we’ve got this bad habit: When […]
The busier we are, the more we think about how busy we are. “What should I do next? Wow, this list is long.” “Is this what I should be doing right now?” “Aaaah, I’m so busy!” Thinking steals time from working. Now we’re even busier. This is a problem. Order Matters Less Than You Think […]
Today is April 4th, and I just finished my taxes. My next actions list tells me I’ve been putting off my taxes since January 3rd. Not my proudest moment, especially since I, you know, have a blog about productivity. Come on, Vieker, this is a little embarrassing. What’s the problem? The problem is perfectionism. I […]