A curated mix of articles on productivity.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Notion encourages busy-work and I’m tired of it

This post contains my observations on Notion, the no-code champion that’s eating up the productivity tool space.

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020

Stop Trying to Be Productive

The internet wants you to believe you aren’t doing enough with all that “extra time” you have now. But staying inside and attending to basic needs is plenty.

Friday, Dec 27, 2019

The productivity pit: how Slack is ruining work

Job software like Teams, Slack, and Workplace were supposed to make us more productive. They haven’t.

Thursday, Dec 19, 2019

How Entrepreneur and Tech Diversity Advocate Tracy Chou Gets Things Done

In this productivity profile, Tracy walks us through her typical workday as a tart-up founder leading a distributed team. She shares strategies for beating jet lag, her penchant for Chinese pop music while working, and imposing a “no screens” rule after 10 pm.

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019

Why Don’t We Know How to Protect Our Time?

The cognitive errors that make us waste our most valuable resource.

Monday, Sep 23, 2019

To Do Better Work, Change Your Environment

How to find your ideal space for focus, collaboration, or creativity.

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019

Every productivity thought I've ever had, as concisely as possible

I combed through several years of my private notes and through everything I published on productivity before and tried to summarize all of it in this post.

Friday, Jun 28, 2019

Your Morning Routine Doesn’t Matter That Much

But striving for A Morning Routine — the jam-packed, hyper-productive exercise we’ve come to discuss with so much reverence — is just one more way people set themselves up to fail. Forcing yourself through the motions of someone else’s idea of success, without stopping to consider your individual wants and needs, is a quick ticket to a lot of guilt and frustration.

Monday, Apr 15, 2019

I Let a Stranger Watch Me Work for a Day — And I’ve Never Been More Productive

Focusmate is the internet’s most invasive productivity hack. I put it to the test.

Thursday, Apr 11, 2019

Productivity Isnt About Time Management Its About Attention Management

“Time management” is not a solution — it’s actually part of the problem.

Thursday, Apr 4, 2019

Six easy ways to manage your time better

The amount and quality of what you achieve are crucially dependent on how effectively you manage your time. Andrew C. Johnson and John Sumpter propose some simple steps that scientists can take to improve their time management.

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

The Secret to Getting More Done When You Are Your Own Boss

Staying focused and productive when there’s no one around to hold you accountable can mean the difference between success and failure.

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.