Productivity Category Archive

Prime Your Brain for a Permanent Performance Gain (in a Few Minutes)

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Inside your skull is a massive supercomputer. You own it free and clear. With its 100 billion neurons, and with a typical neuron linking to 1000 to 10,000 other neurons, your highly networked brain is incredibly powerful and capable. Pick up a simple object nearby like a pen or a spoon, and look at it. […]

How to Build a Strong Work Ethic

Monday, February 24th, 2014

There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from lack of work. – Charles Spurgeon If you’ve been stuck in a lazy rut lately, here are some suggestions to get yourself working productively. 1. Accept that many results require hard work. Remind yourself of the simple causality chain from decision to action to […]

Conserving Mental Energy

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

In a Vanity Fair profile piece from 2012, writer Michael Lewis shared some of President Obama’s productivity habits. One of those habits involved routinizing mundane daily decisions. Since Obama has to make many difficult high-level decisions each day, he doesn’t want to waste his mental energy on smaller decisions. So he puts the mundane choices […]

Speed Up!

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Don’t use the “enjoy the process” mantra to justify slogging along even more slowly and watching your goals die. It’s a huge limiting belief to assume that going faster means you’re doing something wrong and creating too much stress. Making goals happen faster is often a LOT more fun. Fast tempo is HOW you enjoy […]

Clarity

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

If a lack of clarity prevents you from taking action, then find or develop a process to gain sufficient clarity to act. Stop acting like this is an unsolvable problem. It isn’t. One basic method begins with writing a mission statement that encapsulates the core purpose of your life. Mission Statement Your mission statement is […]

Free Training – Get Paid to Change the World

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Is it possible to build a business that serves the greater good AND earns good money at the same time? Of course it’s possible. I’ve been doing it for many years, and many of my friends — and readers — are in the same boat. We love the idea of making the world a better […]

Trello

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

I’ve been really diving into Trello this week, which I mentioned in my December 2013 Updates post. I now have 17 different Trello boards for managing various projects. You know me — when I get into something new, I love to fully immerse myself in it. Best way to learn quickly. More than 100 people […]

How Many Days Can You Go Without Checking Email or Social Media?

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Several weeks ago I decided to try a simple experiment. I opted to check email and social media accounts only three times in a week. I wanted to see what effect this less frequent, non-daily checking would have on my productivity and social connections. Many years ago when the web was a lot smaller and […]

How to Earn Straight A’s

Friday, October 25th, 2013

When I started high school, I decided I was going to become a straight-A student, even though I’d never done that before. It seemed like an interesting goal to pursue as a 14-year old. Since school was the center of my life back then, I figured I might as well succeed at it. On my […]

Your Beautiful Personality

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

This is a follow-up to the recently posted article “Do Your Goals Conflict with Your Personality?”┬áIn that article I shared how understanding the core aspects of your personality can help you set better goals and help you achieve your goals more easily. In the 2+ weeks since I shared that article, I’ve spent a lot […]