A curated mix of articles on productivity.

The Best Digital Nomad and Remote Work Reads 2018

The stories that defined 2018 when the digital nomad went mainstream, and remote work became the future of work.

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019

Habit Engineering

Four years ago on new years eve, I set out to build for myself a robust habit of habit engineering. Looking back, doing this has been very transformative for me.

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

Procrastination Sucks — So Here’s The “Eat That Frog” Way to Powerful Productivity

Spend your most valuable time on your most valuable activities and you’ll change the trajectory of your life.

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018


A small productivity gain, compounded over 50 years, is worth a lot. So it’s worth figuring out how to optimize productivity. If you get 10% more done and 1% better every day compared to someone else, the compounded difference is massive.

Monday, Oct 22, 2018

Is the secret of productivity really just doing what you enjoy?

By far the biggest predictor of whether something gets done is whether it’s fun to do.

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

How to Get Things Done When You Don't Feel Like It

Many people turn to procrastination or ignoring the task—but that only postpones the inevitable. You can try to talk your way out of the assignment, and maybe your manager will support you, but at some point the work needs to get done. If you want to be successful, then it serves you better to rise to the occasion no matter what. That means learning how to push through challenges and deliver valuable results.

Monday, Oct 8, 2018

The annoying habits of highly effective people

Perhaps the aim of admiring biographies and articles is to prompt their readers to emulate the work ethic of such leaders. But they will not reach the top of an S&P 500 firm if they do.

Thursday, Jun 21, 2018

The Psychology of Dread Tasks

There are things you want to do. There are things you need to do. Sometimes these are the same. This post is how to handle life when they aren’t.

Friday, Jun 15, 2018

Want More Time? Get Rid of The Easiest Way to Spend It

For the month of May I time-traveled back to 2007, when social media platforms were still just websites you visited. I removed Facebook, Twitter and Reddit from my phone. Throughout the month, if I wanted to use those platforms I had to log in manually at my desk.

Monday, Jun 4, 2018

Why is Answering Email So Stressful?

The average professional spends 4 hours per day responding to work emails. That’s both insane and understandable.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Don’t listen to those productivity gurus: why waking up at 6am won’t make you successful

So, whether you’re laser-focused at 7 a.m. or hitting high gear as the sun sets, it’s worth taking the time to understand yourself better. Track your natural rhythms and make a plan that works for you. After all, prime time is your secret weapon. Use it wisely and I suspect your productivity will soar.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The true cost of email and IM

You only have 1 hour and 12 minutes of uninterrupted productive time a day.

A 2-Year Stanford Study Shows the Astonishing Productivity Boost of Working From Home

The jury was out on the productivity effect of working from home. It has returned with a surprising verdict.

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018

I Tried Emailing Like A CEO And Quite Frankly, It Made My Life Better

Replying immediately and with two words to all emails is actually heaven.

Friday, Apr 20, 2018

How To Give Your Brain A Break Without Booking Vacation Days

If routine helps you be productive, why does it sometimes make you feel like you need a break from it all?

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018

The Productivity Subculture That Won’t Quit

Part 1 of a two-part series on bullet journaling, exploring the rise of its culture, its many uses, and the benefits of this productivity practice.

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018

Why you should be time blocking and not just writing to-do lists

Time blocking is the practice of scheduling certain periods of time in which to tackle specific tasks. Essentially, you schedule your tasks and to-dos for the day (or week), and stick to that schedule. During these time blocks, you focus on only one project or task at a time.

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018

The worst distractions are the ones we love: An interview with author and habit coach James Clear

In this interview, we asked James to apply his unique blend of academic research and personal anecdote to the biggest issues facing the modern worker.

Thursday, Feb 1, 2018

Procrastinators Are Actually Workaholics (4 Steps to Reclaim Your Life)

When we procrastinate, we fill our lives with the tasks that are right in front of us rather than make the concerted effort to leave enough room in our schedules to pursue dreams. Procrastination is like going to a fancy restaurant and filling up on bread and not leaving enough room for dinner.

Friday, Jan 5, 2018

Productivity in 2017: What we learned from analyzing 225 million hours of work time

One of the biggest mistakes so many of us make when planning out our days is to assume we have 8+ hours to do productive work. This couldn’t be further from the truth. What we found is that, on average, we only spend 5 hours a day working on a digital device. And with an average productivity pulse of 53% for the year, that means we only have 12.5 hours a week to do productive work.

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018

“Inemuri,” the Japanese Art of Taking Power Naps at Work, on the Subway, and Other Public Places

If you’ve visited any big city in Japan, you’ve no doubt seen a fair few commuters sleeping on the subway. The more time you spend there, the more places in which you’ll see normal, everyday-looking folks fast asleep: parks, coffee shops, bookstores, even the workplace during office hours.