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Author, ‘Mind Management, Not Time Management’ https://amzn.to/3p5xpcV Former design & productivity advisor to Timeful (Google acq’d).

What happens to your creative work when you redefine your relationship to the clock

Multicolored clocks falling against a yellow-green gradient.
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Before moving to Colombia, I spent my first winter here. Once I arrived, I quickly found just how different the pace of life is compared to Chicago. People talk slower, walk slower. The U.S. custom of standing on the right side of the escalator so people can pass you on…

How the “week of want” brings you explosive ideas

Insula Dulcamara, by Paul Klee

Subject: “IMMEDIATE Action Reqeusted [sic]”

They misspelled “requested,” which had the unintended effect of highlighting that this email was urgent.

There were some documents attached to the email. They wanted me to review the documents and sign them. …

How a tough choice in the face of sexism formed a legendary artist

In New York City, sometime around the beginning of the twentieth century, a young art student sat for a portrait.

The artist who painted this portrait won a prestigious award for that portrait. The young woman who sat for the portrait suddenly became a sought-after model. …

Beware complexity creep

Flowers in Stone, Paul Klee

Here’s a brain teaser for you: Imagine we’ve got a room full of people. We’re trying to figure if any two people in the room have the same birthday.

For us to reach a fifty-percent probability that there are two people in the room with the exact same birthday, how…

It’s hard to predict the future, but you can be better at predicting the future. All you need is a few delicious avocados.

Even the “experts” are bad at predicting the future

Wharton professor Phillip Tetlock wanted to make the future easier to predict. …

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Prompted by a tweet storm by investor/entrepreneur/philosopher Naval Ravikant, I recently meditated 60 hours in 60 days.

It changed the way I think about getting things done.

Here are three things I learned:

1. We do things that don’t need to be done

While meditating an hour a day, I had time to think about the things I needed to…

How to be productive when creativity matters

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Ten years ago, I got my first book deal—with almost no writing experience. I quickly realized nothing I had learned about productivity had prepared me to write a book.

Since then, I’ve dug into the neuroscience and psychology behind creativity, I’ve redesigned my life around creative work, and I’ve even…

Why is time our “God value?”

Separation in the Evening, by Paul Klee (via Wikiart)

When I was working with Timeful — the productivity app co-founded by behavioral scientist Dan Ariely — we had a great feature. You could put todo items on your calendar.

You could estimate how long a todo item was going to take, and then you could drag that todo item…

Why clean teeth and toilets with the same brush?

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When it came time for me to choose a college, I had no idea what I was doing. For reasons I still can’t explain, I chose to go to The University of Nebraska at Kearney. At least until I recognized my mistake.

Kearney is a town in the middle of…

How to sell your own ‘preview edition’

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When I wrote my first self-published book, it was hard to find the energy for writing. After all, I didn’t get an advance like I did with my first book, which was traditionally published.

Now I’m debuting my second major self-published book, and it has been much easier to find…

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