Learning Turkish

October 25, 2020
Learning a new language takes practice. We all recognize that. What about learning task management?
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Cal Newport’s insight about OmniFocus

October 18, 2020
Your task manager should resonate with your way of thinking. Does it?
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2020 really is different

October 4, 2020
I’m not the kind of guy who likes to make excuses. But if you’re having a rough time in 2020, give yourself a break.
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September 27, 2020
When did you last disconnect for several hours from your electronic devices, from the people around you, and from your obligations?
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Keeping a finger on your own pulse

September 20, 2020
Over the past weeks, friends have been suggesting that I take a break. I didn’t take their advice and I ended up tremendously stressed. Now I’m being nicer to myself. How can you be nice to yourself?
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What I learned from Brooke one afternoon in 2012

September 13, 2020
What did I learn from spending an hour poring over footnotes to a chart I made as a consultant?
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A lesson that 2018 Peter hadn’t learned yet

September 6, 2020
This past Wednesday, I found myself staring at my computer screen, wanting to start an important project—but I just couldn’t do it. Fortunately, over the past years, I learned how to handle such situations.
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Hammers, nails, and screws

August 30, 2020
This week I’ve seen numerous people doing the online equivalent of walking around with a hammer, looking for nails. Unfortunately, when you do this, you’ll see lots of things that—from a distance—look like nails. But a lot of those nails are, in fact, screws.
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What I learned from hiring a personal trainer

August 23, 2020
Why did I build and follow an inefficient weightlifting routine when I knew that it wasn’t efficient?
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Habits and your task manager

August 15, 2020
Do you have a task in your task manager that reads “brush my teeth”? What about “get dressed”? Or “brew myself a cup of coffee”? Probably not. So then why do you have a task like “meditate”, if that’s a habit you’re trying to build?
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Adjusting your front wing end plate

August 8, 2020
If you have a fundamental problem, don’t waste your time optimizing things that don’t matter.
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Guess which firm I hired?

August 2, 2020
Three weeks ago, I reached out to five accounting firms. Some never got back to me. Others gave me lots of personal attention. Guess which one I hired?
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Bookstore productivity

July 26, 2020
If you run a bookstore, is the number of books on your shelves a good measure of your store’s success?
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Being productive while brushing your teeth

July 19, 2020
An underrated moment to get a little more done is the time when you’re brushing your teeth. You can answer at least six emails a day while doing that.
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Flipping the script: you teach me!

July 11, 2020
As my business has grown, I can’t do it all myself anymore. But outsourcing is new to me. What can you teach me about delegating effectively?
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Oh hey, a new email service

July 5, 2020
I don’t get nearly as many crappy emails as I used to, thanks to a new email service called HEY.
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It’s time to plan your quarter (here’s how)

June 28, 2020
With Q2 of 2020 about to end, it’s time to plan your next quarter. Which actionable projects will you work on to help you achieve your goals?
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Changing your mind is a good thing

June 20, 2020
After I worked with hundreds of people, I changed my mind on which task manager is the best for most people. And that’s a good thing.
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Time to slow down

June 13, 2020
I’ve been working on my new course for well over a month now. I’ve gotten great feedback, but I am starting to get tired. So it’s time to slow down. Because even the person who teaches productivity for a living cannot be productive all the time.
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My new friend, Marina

June 7, 2020
Recently, I asked a new friend who also creates online courses how to deal with students who don’t do the work. Here’s what she said.
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3,600 hours of reading

May 30, 2020
For as long as I can remember, I’ve read a book before going to sleep every night. It’s a “habit” now, but it doesn’t feel like one of those pesky habits that took a lot of willpower to establish. Here’s why.
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In every life we have some trouble…

May 23, 2020
When you worry, you double the trouble.
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What one student said and how it relates to your productivity

May 16, 2020
A student mentioned that others are more successful than he is, even though he is more skilled. How does this excellent self-awareness relate to your productivity?
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How about some accountability?

May 10, 2020
I recently joined a club that holds “work cycles”. These are scheduled 2.5-hour group sessions on Zoom, in which every person in the group is just working on their own thing. The first time I joined, it didn’t go very well.
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What bicep curls have to do with productivity

May 3, 2020
If you want to build big biceps, you do lots of bicep curls. We all understand that. But when it comes to your ability to focus, what are you doing to practice?
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