General Productivity

10 productivity books that let you earn back time – Productivity Article

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 24s. It’s pretty skimmable, though. Podcast Length: 29 minutes, 30s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). The best productivity books more than pay for themselves: they teach you how to save time, so you more than earn back the time you spend inside them. So which productivity books will help you out the most? Here are 10 of my absolute favorites—with a mini review of each one, with what you’ll get out of…

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The 7 Triggers of Procrastination – Productivity Article

Takeaway: We procrastinate when a task is boring, frustrating, difficult, ambiguous, unstructured, or lacking in personal meaning or intrinsic rewards. By reversing these triggers—a few suggestions for how to do this are below—we can overpower our urge to procrastinate. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 41s. Podcast Length: 23 minutes, 24s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). Procrastination is a fascinating topic—and just as fascinating is the science behind it. Research suggests that there are seven attributes a task…

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How to Work From Home (During a Difficult Time) – Productivity Article

Takeaway: Working from home isn’t easy during the best of times—let alone during a global crisis. Below are some tips for working from home when you find it difficult to focus. These strategies should help you do two things at once: both focus, and become kinder to yourself. Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes, 11s. (But it’s skimmable.) Podcast Length: 27 minutes, 45s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). These days, it can be tough to strike a balance…

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A five-minute activity to discover your most important tasks – Productivity Article

Takeaway: Not all tasks in your work are created equal. To identify your most important tasks, make a list of all the activities you do over a given month, and then pick the most important one; the one through which you accomplish the most. Then, pick your second and third most important activities. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 35s. Podcast Length: 2 minutes, 35s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). Not all tasks in your work are created…

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30 Lessons Learned At 30 – Productivity Article

Takeaway: The article is too long/varied to write up a summary, but it’s pretty skimmable! Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes, 47s. I’m probably not equipped to give you advice on how you should live your life. And, when you think about it, who is? We all live different lives, face different challenges, and are all born into different eras and completely different situations. But in reflecting on my life over the past 30 quick years leading up to my birthday…

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The reward for working hard is more work – Productivity Article

Takeaway: Have a good reason for investing in becoming more productive. Otherwise, you’ll fall into a common trap: that your reward for becoming more productive will be having more work to do. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 29s. The other day, I was reading Haemin Sunim’s delightful1 book, The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down. In it, Haemin, a renowned Buddhist meditation teacher, explores some simple ways that we think differently about work, relationships, and other areas…

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5 Productivity Rituals Worth Trying Out – Productivity Article

Takeaway: Some productivity rituals worth trying out: setting three intentions every day; reviewing and mapping out your week (and day); having an accountability partner that keeps you on track; and maintaining an “accomplishments list” throughout the week.Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 1s.Podcast length: 26 minutes, 0s. Great productivity rituals allow you to become more productive without much thought; once you make a habit out of them, you become more productive every day, automatically. So which rituals are worth the time…

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