Our goal today is to lower the barrier to doing things that are necessary but unpleasant. And we’re going to use a simple, familiar tool. Most of us have a morning routine (whether we designed it intentionally or not). On weekday mornings, we tend to do the same things in more-or-less the same order, and […]
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.
A few weeks ago, I realized how much I pull out my smartphone when I’m momentarily bored. I do it unconsciously, before I even notice what’s happening. Not only that, but I often find myself on the couch in the late evening reading news articles on my phone. Realizing that I’m wasting a significant chunk […]
Here’s the situation: You’re deep into a complex task that requires your full concentration, and you’re doing a great job staying focused. Suddenly, you remember something you need to do. You still need to email that client back with an updated quote. The car needs new tires before the big road trip, and you should […]
If you’ve got plenty of time, this post may not be for you. But if you struggle to carve out time in your busy day for the important stuff, I have a suggestion. You may cringe (as I did at first), but hear me out: it is easier and more rewarding than it sounds. And […]
Here’s a note I wrote to myself a couple years ago. I read it when I’m exceptionally busy—so busy that I’m not sure I can actually get everything done (like a week before the semester begins, for instance). If you’re anything like me, this will sound familiar: When you get busy, you start spending your […]