Category: Productivity

Time strategy #3: Hollow the stone

When it comes to time, the human brain has many foibles. We overestimate what we can do in the short term. Sure, I will respond to 1000 emails in the next hour, and write that report too! But the corollary is also true: we tend to underestimate what can be done in the long term, even with very small actions. Small things done repeatedly have great power. One of my fav… read more »

Off the clock: Simple strategies for creating a truly productive life

I have been tracking my time for the last 15 months. I intended to go for a year, and then I kept going! I don't find it onerous. Then again, my father has read 30 minutes of Hebrew daily for 39 years. Perhaps I come from habit-keeping stock. So, over the next few days, I will be running a series here on the blog that addresses a question I get from time to time: what if I'… read more »

The app trap

I have had my shiny new iPhone for about 6 months now. Previously, I was operating with an early 2011 version, which I think was actually the old version then, and it had very little ability to deal with most apps. At some point, even the built-in map app stopped updating with traffic. I checked email and could use it as a phone, and could see a few websites (many cra… read more »

Procrastination — or why you are reading this blog post instead of working

I spent some time yesterday cruising the book shelves over at Barnes and Noble, doing a bit of market research. My take-away is that a huge chunk of the productivity literature concerns itself with procrastination. Wikipedia defines this practice as "the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. It is the practice of doing more pleasurable t… read more »

Peaks and troughs and the upside of space

I've done a lot of public speaking over the years, but this is the first year I've been more disciplined about marketing myself and scheduling a certain number of speeches per month. In doing so, however, I have realized that "per month" is the wrong way to look at the rhythm of this line of work. The conference and event season is incredibly cyclical. March thro… read more »