Productivity

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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On this episode, we chat about how to avoid “all or nothing” thinking—also known as the “eff it” effect, or the abstinence violation effect, if you want to get technical about it. Topics covered include: ⁃ Not being satisfied by partial success⁃ How the effect plays out across different time scales⁃ The idea of “sunk
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Takeaway: Reflect deeply on where your goals come from—whether you accept the default goals that are expected of you, or choose them for yourself. Accepting the default script puts you at risk of living out of alignment with your true self. Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 38s. I’ve been thinking a lot about goals lately.
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Takeaway: Some problems are best solved by continuously chipping away at them. For others, there’s a real benefit in letting your mind wander. This allows us to connect the future, past, and present and come up with new ideas and be intentional about our goals. Capture mode, problem crunching mode, and habitual mode are two
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Takeaway: It’s only possible to connect the arc of your career in hindsight. There are ways to work within this uncertainty of your future pathway, like by asking whether you’re pointed in the right direction, not worrying if you can’t figure things out, and by planning (while expecting that things will change). Estimated Reading Time:
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Takeaway: Capturing ideas helps us log what’s on our mind and think more clearly throughout the day. What you capture can be super broad, from tasks, to follow-up reminders, to actual insights. The ways of logging those ideas are equally diverse, and include digital and physical notepads, task managers, and messaging tools. Estimated Reading Time:
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Takeaway: Traditional goals are kind of overrated: they don’t have a natural end point, and sometimes not much even changes when we accomplish them. It’s far more productive to focus on projects and habits.  Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 18s. I’ve been thinking a lot about goals lately. This post is the first of three in a short series sharing a few disparate ideas I
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Takeaway:: Make a list of everything you’re worrying about, and divide it into what you do and don’t have control over. Then, deal with the items on your list accordingly. Estimated Reading Time:: 1 minutes, 35s. Podcast Length: 22 minutes, 42s (link to play podcast at the bottom of post). Believe it or not, it’s
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Takeaway: In her book Time Smart, behavioral scientist and Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans digs into the fascinating relationship between time, money, and happiness. While making more money is an easier goal to chase, Ashley’s research shows that making time-first choices ultimately leads to greater happiness. Time Smart outlines strategies to do just that, including tactics to save us time
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Takeaway: Three rituals to close out 2020: conduct a year-end productivity review; create an accomplishments list; and write down what you’re grateful for from the year past (it’s easier than you think). Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 46s. If 2020 were a building, it would have been a big ol’ funhouse mansion, filled to the brim with twisted artifacts: mirrors that reflect back on one another,
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Takeaway: This year, try giving yourself a non-material gift. Three ways to do this: think about something in your life that’s missing; look at the habits you want to pick up again; and take your vacation days or use up your benefits. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minutes, 57s. Podcast Length: 15 minutes, 17s (link to
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Between the global pandemic, outcry against systemic social injustice and brutality, and the drawn-out U.S. election results, we can all point to macro sources of stress that have left us totally exhausted. The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), in collaboration with Professor Rob Cross, has been studying the myriad impacts of 2020, to include looking
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