Blog posts

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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OmniFocus vs. Things 3: a review

October 30, 2019
Can't choose between OmniFocus and Things 3? Let's review and compare these two project-based task managers.
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Tutorial: Getting started with OmniFocus 3 in 12 minutes

June 13, 2019
Overwhelmed by OmniFocus? Learn how to get started in just 12 minutes.
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How to copy (or duplicate) an OmniFocus project on iOS

June 7, 2019
With the help of a little shortcut, copying or duplicating a project in OmniFocus on iOS becomes a breeze. Perfect if you like to use project templates.
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How to set up your projects and folders in OmniFocus 3

April 3, 2019
Here's a great starting setup for your projects and folders in OmniFocus 3. Use it as the basis for creating your own, unique system.
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How to use project templates in OmniFocus 3 to save time

March 28, 2019
Find yourself repeating the same project over and over again? Save time by creating a project template using OmniFocus 3.
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Why are you doing this?

March 25, 2019
Making sacrifices? Remind yourself why!
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Is OmniFocus available on Android?

March 25, 2019
The short answer: OmniFocus is not available on Android. The long answer: there are some options, but they're not great.
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What I do when I feel overwhelmed

March 24, 2019
When you feel overwhelmed, it's time to...
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The path of least offense

March 23, 2019
If the choice is between excitement—at the risk of turning some people off—and playing it safe, I know what I'm choosing.
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"As you get older, you realize that adults are making it up as they go"

March 22, 2019
Don't fake it until you make it. Get competent instead.
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