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I tried all the popular productivity systems. This is what finally stuck.

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For the better part of a decade, I’d get frustrated at myself for not
being able to make popular productivity systems to work for me.
GTD, the Bullet Journal Method, Day Designer, The Franklin Covey
planner, the Ivy Lee Method, time-blocking — I tried them all. Even
if I kept up with a system…

An exercise in critical thinking, to help you wade through the sea of communication

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The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.

- Mark Twain

We humans have a special tool called language. And we do all kinds of cool things with it. We use it…

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I don’t tend to get excited about Hollywood folklore. But there’s one particular story I really love because it contains an unexpected pearl of wisdom, wrapped in a paradoxical sentence. It sounds contradictory, and like it can’t possibly be true. And yet it reveals something about human nature that’s worth…

Building a habit of structured reflection and planning to maximize your effectiveness

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”

- Andrew Jackson

There is an important line that separates when to think and when to act. But it’s not easy to see-especially in the practice of daily life. On one hand, you don’t…

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…

On the concept of the emotional bank account and the importance and the tactics of keeping your word

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The single most important thing each of us has in our lives is our relationships. This is true at home, in our communities, and in our work — whatever that work may be.

And though you may not think of it often, your relationship with yourself is just as important…

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. And for good reason — overcoming cognitive biases is key to getting smarter, making better decisions…

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