Email is kind of a problem. It is so, so easy to let our email inbox run our day. We arrive at work and check our email, taking an hour to respond to the buildup. More emails arrive in the meantime, of course, so we answer these next. We spend the rest of the morning […]
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.
I recently stumbled on a 1940 essay by Albert E.N. Gray entitled “The Common Denominator of Success”. Its thesis immediately caught my attention, and I’ve been ruminating on it for a few days now. The common denominator of success—the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful—lies in the fact that he […]
Every industry, every institution, every office has its own culture: a set of rules, attitudes, and expectations that govern behavior. For me, the importance of culture is brought into sharp relief every year around this time as ~1,350 new college freshman learn to navigate the university where I work (with varying levels of success). A […]
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 […]
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 […]