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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A time to experiment and learn—or just to hang on

April 26, 2020
There are so many experiments you could run. Learn what you can right now. Or, if you don’t have the space, just keep hanging on. You know what you can handle, right now. And that’s enough.
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First thing after breakfast

April 18, 2020
I’ve been less motivated than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A friend told me how he is making consistent progress on an important project—so I decided to try out his method. It worked. What can we learn from this?
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Without strategy, tactics are pointless

April 11, 2020
Even if you’re productive on the day-to-day, tactical level—checking lots of items off your list—that means little if your strategy for achieving your big-picture goals is wrong.
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Working from home is a skill

April 4, 2020
I love scuba diving. And when you want to scuba dive, you have to take a course first. That makes sense, because scuba diving is a skill. You'll suck at it initially. It's much the same with working from home.
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Starting with a clean slate

March 28, 2020
Sometimes you want to do more today than you have time or energy for. When that happens, don't set yourself up for disappointment. Instead, start with a clean slate.
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Reward yourself for good habits

March 22, 2020
I don’t always feel like going to the gym. But I’ve made it a habit to go three times a week anyway. How? By adding a reward.
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The perfect time to build a new habit

March 14, 2020
Normally, I tell people that my #1 habit recommendation is to use a task manager. But since you’re here, I don’t need to convince you of that. So let me urge you to build a different habit.
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When building a habit, don't skip twice in a row

March 8, 2020
Struggling to make something a habit? Here’s the decision rule I use to make it stick.
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What you can learn from my new workout routine

February 28, 2020
Having trouble consistently using your task manager? Keep it simple. Maybe you can learn from how I recently built the habit of lifting weights three times a week, even though I’ve failed to build that habit several times before. Here’s how I finally did it—and what it means for you.
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Triggering the right mindstate for productivity

February 6, 2020
True or false: sometimes, you suddenly find yourself impressively productive. You’re flying through your tasks. You feel like you’re on fire! Whereas at other times, you can’t seem to get anything going. You feel resistance towards getting started, or you can’t seem to make much progress no matter how hard you try. Why is this? And does it matter?
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What if Obama tweets about me? (A story about New Year’s resolutions)

January 1, 2020
It is that time of year when people talk about New Year's resolutions. The problem with resolutions is that they're vague and that they're often lag goals. I urge you to set lead goals instead. Here's why, and what Barack Obama has to do with it.
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