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When it feels like all you have time for is putting out fires, that’s when it’s most important to step back and reflect

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There’s an old Zen parable that highlights the importance of spending your time wisely.

A man goes to a Zen master and says “I need help. I’m stressed, I’m overwhelmed, my mind races all the time, and it all feels like it’s all too much. What can I do?”


There is more than one way to eat a frog.

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We’ve all dealt with procrastination. It’s that thief of time and energy that saps our productivity and can leave us feeling utterly powerless and pessimistic.

And it’s likely that we’ve all gotten a piece of advice about how to deal with procrastination. Friends, family, partners, and colleagues have probably offered…

The often-overlooked cognitive bias that hurts both personal and professional relationships creeps in everywhere, and learning how to avoid it is crucial to your development

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Cognitive biases are all the rage these days. Writers all over the internet are abuzz with explanations of these flawed ways of reasoning that trip up our ability to be smart about various things. …

BuJo? GTD? Ivy Lee? No single system is right for everyone, so make sure you’re asking the right questions to find which one is right for you.

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If you’re reading this, it’s highly likely that you want to be more productive. And that’s a good thing. No matter what it is you’re trying to accomplish in this life, being more effective at it is worth working on. In many cases, the way to do that is by…

I was a GTD fanatic for over 10 years, but when I realized it wasn’t giving me what I needed, I had to build my own system

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For the first 10 years or so of my working life, I was a huge GTD adherent. At times, I was more than an adherent, I was a fanatic. It seemed like the perfect system to me. I loved ubiquitous capture (and still do, as a matter of fact). Understanding…

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