Are you checking or producing?

I put off writing the sentence you're reading now by checking to see if some online bills went through. I spend most of my time thinking I'm being productive, when really, I'm being administrative. You know blogging is scary when you procrastinate by checking to see if your bills finished processing. I spent most of… Continue reading Are you checking or producing?

Our (lack of) separation is spoiling our work: a few counterintuitive tips for productivity

https://youtu.be/5sfmyuX8cc4 I go to the store to buy groceries even though I could order them from Instacart. But going out, we're told, is a waste of time when there's important Knowledge Work to be done. As if a blow to our productivity wasn't the most harmful injury we could suffer from, a world contaminated by… Continue reading Our (lack of) separation is spoiling our work: a few counterintuitive tips for productivity

Marco Camilo — From Language Mastery to The Afterlife: A Conversation on Biological Systems, Purpose, & Happiness (#39)

Listen on Spotify | Listen on Apple | Watch on YouTube The best professors are the ones that know how to play with your mind.Marco Camilo This conversation is riveting, informative, practical, and profound. Approach with an open mind. Today I'm joined by Marco Camilo (@_marcocamilo). Marco Camilo is a polyglot and professor of languages… Continue reading Marco Camilo — From Language Mastery to The Afterlife: A Conversation on Biological Systems, Purpose, & Happiness (#39)

Dalton Mabery — Faith, Consistency, and Productivity with Intent (#36)

Listen on Spotify | Listen on Apple | Watch on YouTube "I've got to offload everything I'm doing, and just focus on a couple different areas." Today on the show I'm joined by Dalton Mabery (@daltonmabery). Dalton Mabery is digital creator with a podcast, blog, and newsletter in which he regularly shares tips on digital… Continue reading Dalton Mabery — Faith, Consistency, and Productivity with Intent (#36)

Two groups of words

Proactive. Ambitious. Productive. Efficient. I like those words. Those words convey movement. When we embody any of those words, we signal to others that we mean business. Because even when we're sitting in the backseat of a car, we can still get things done. We can listen to a podcast. Or we can write down… Continue reading Two groups of words

The Problem of Worshiping What We Pursue

An Essay On How to Be Ambitious Without Turning Into a Jerk Last week, in a Twitter thread by Naval Ravikant, I wrote a tweet with a misplaced apostrophe. Someone in the thread decided (because these things are always decisions) that it was worth his time and attention, above everything happening in his world, to… Continue reading The Problem of Worshiping What We Pursue

Do you want this, or that?

Change is both big and small. We're only doing this for 20 minutes a day. But it's 20 minutes a day. 7 days a week. That's 140 minutes (2.3 hours) a week spent doing this. Overtime, if you're patient, small adjustments to your daily routine will lead to a big change. Instead of doing that… Continue reading Do you want this, or that?

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others and Find Work That Suits You

Naval Ravikant once said, "A sick person wants only one thing." I'm sick. I want only one thing - to stop comparing my blog to other people's blogs. Seeing other people's blogs is now a way to inspire and depress me. It's great to see other writers sticking it out on their own, making money… Continue reading How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others and Find Work That Suits You

A conspiracy theory

You're not in control. They are. Not a big pyramid with an eyeball. Not a group of men in suits sitting around a glossy table in a dark room plotting to keep you poor. It's whoever wrote that outrage tweet. Or that political manifesto on Facebook. Or that comment on your profile picture about how… Continue reading A conspiracy theory

23 minutes

It takes 23 minutes to refocus after being distracted. By default, opening a new tab in Google Chrome shows you a distraction page - a list of 10 of the websites you visit the most. That's 10 ways to lose 23 minutes. Enter Momentum. It's my favorite productivity app of all time. If you liked… Continue reading 23 minutes