Productivity

Takeaway: The news media has an overly negative bent—keep this in mind as you consume it because it could affect your mental health more than you realize. Ironically, the news may even siphon away the mental resources you need to make a difference. Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 24s. The fact that the news is
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On this episode, we chat about how to actually recharge while taking some time off. Topics covered include: How work can be meaningful—but also a pretty big source of chronic stress Identifying hidden sources of chronic stress in our live How vacations can make us more productive overall How stress both drives us to burnout,
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Takeaway : Fast-forward to the future and ask what you want to be proud of. This simple ritual lets you step into the shoes of your future-self and focus on your goals. Estimated Reading Time : 1 minute, 29s. The Rule of 3 is one of my favorite productivity rituals. It involves a simple exercise: mentally leap forward to the end of
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On this episode, we chat about how to more deliberately deal with email, to both think about it less, and make it a less stressful element of your day. Topics covered include: How much we should think about email in the first place How to conduct “email sprints” The two types of work that we
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On this episode, we chat about the importance of saying no to unimportant things. Topics covered include: Becoming more deliberate about saying no What we should be saying no to—in our work and personal lives Comparison tasks that put “saying no” in perspective The relative meaning and productivity of tasks Knowing the value of your
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On this episode, we chat about how to properly celebrate the milestones we hit. Topics covered include: How we rarely celebrate our accomplishments How the “Zeigarnik effect” leads us to just move onto the next thing The milestones we’re celebrating What it means to have closure with a project The Need for Closure scale The
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Takeaway: Four rules worth following, courtesy of an instructional video from 1952: don’t bottle things up inside; respect your abilities; treat others as friends; and do something about a problem as soon as it comes up. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 28s. I’ve been on a weird YouTube binge lately: watching black and white instructional videos from the last
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First seen on Graham Allcott’s weekly newsletter ‘Rev Up for the Week’. The idea of Rev Up for the Week is to give you one productive or positive idea for the week ahead. I had a request last week from someone who was struggling to make the transition from home relaxing to home-working on a
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Takeaway: The Peloton Bike+ is expensive, but can be a worthwhile investment in your physical and mental health. In this post I outline what’s great and not-so-great about the bike. I love mine, and you’ll love it, too, provided you have the budget and make a habit out of using the thing. Estimated Reading Time:
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On this episode, we count down our all-time favorite productivity habits—this week we cover numbers 5-1! Topics covered include: Keeping a “Waiting For” list—and what to capture on it How to organize the items you’re waiting on The importance of “scatterfocus” Where ideas come from—and where our mind wanders to How to recharge, generate ideas,
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Takeaway: If you’re feeling burnt out or worried you’re heading in that direction, check on the six areas of your job that are most likely to contribute to that state: your workload, level of control, how rewarding your job is, how much community you have, how fair things are, and whether your work aligns with
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Zoom or Teams fatigue. Are you feeling it? Despair no more, as this month I’ve pulled together my top 5 “meetings check-ins” for you.Over the last year I’ve been collecting check-in or icebreaker games and meeting energizers. These games not only help energize or quieten our brains, but also help us connect with each other, awaken
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On this episode, we count down our all-time favorite productivity habits—this week we cover numbers 10-6! Topics covered include: The point of becoming more productive How productivity can make us more human Earning back time, enjoying the journey, carving out time for what’s meaningful Keeping an accomplishments list The “Zeigarnik Effect” How often to review
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Takeaway: Your ideas are worth less than you think—it’s all about how you execute upon them. Take the example of the S-logo, below. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 9s. A decade or so ago, as I was getting a haircut, and my barber told me that she had a brilliant, billion-dollar idea. The idea was
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Takeaway: Try replacing online news with a subscription to the local paper. This is a way of buying back your time, attention, energy, and mental health—you stay informed while also calming your mind. Physical newspapers “refresh” once a day (versus every few minutes). They also offer perspective, let you connect with what’s happening in your
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Takeaway:The processed food industry has become incredibly sophisticated in the way it gets us to eat more of what it makes. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 37s. For this week’s podcast episode I sat down with Michael Moss, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Salt Sugar Fat and now, Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions. Hooked is an incredible book: a deep dive into
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On this episode, we chat about the power of novelty—and how this one ingredient influences our perception of time and how meaningful our life feels. Topics covered include: How novelty has affected our perception of time during the pandemic The ways that novel moments serve as markers in time Our brain’s “novelty bias” How novelty,
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Takeaway: Success comes when you work intelligently within a system of interconnected parts. Understanding the system you’re in, and the intelligent ways in which you interact with it, goes a long way towards understanding the success you’ve achieved—and overcoming imposter syndrome. Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes, 3s. If you experience imposter syndrome—that feeling where you
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On this episode, I chat with Cal Newport about his fantastic new book, A World Without Email. We chat about: How the cost of email is higher than we realize The differences between “asynchronous” and “synchronous” ways of communicating, and why they matter Cal’s idea of the “hyperactive hive mind” How email scrambles our thoughts
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Takeaway: Two ways to frame the way you think about money: you could live until you’re 100 or you could die tomorrow. Planning for both scenarios simultaneously allows you to minimize financial regret. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 55s. My mom once told me a story about money that I’ll never forget.   A long time ago, she worked with
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On this episode, we chat about five productivity experiments you can try out while stuck at home—including how to wake up early, reset your caffeine tolerance, and replace TV time with books. Topics covered include: How our wakeup time doesn’t affect our income or success level The downfalls of caffeine How to optimize your caffeine
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Takeaway: Track only the time you spend on your most important tasks. This makes the exercise less of a pain, and allows you to see, at a glance, how productive you actually are. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 3s. Like most people, I find tracking my time a huge pain. While devices like the Timeular make the process somewhat
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