Posts Tagged ‘productivity’

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  1. 23 May, 2024

    Be gone, vile rectangle!

    One day I’ll fulfill my dream of throwing my phone into the ocean*, but for now I’m settling for throwing my phone in my basement. The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt articulates how the potent combination of smartphones and social […]

  2. 08 Mar, 2023

    Some tools to help me focus

    I’m terrible at focusing. I flit around from task to task like a goddamn hummingbird, never stopping too long on one thing to make too much progress. Flow state? More like “no state”, amirite? I’ve got many legitimate things contributing […]

  3. 16 Feb, 2022

    Working Better: Interview with web designer Brad Frost – Noisli

    Here’s a pretty candid interview I did about how I do a shit job of taking care of myself and my wellbeing. But I’m working on it! Ever feel like you wish you had more time in the day? Guess […]

  4. 05 Jan, 2022

    Quick Tip: Peacock VS Code extension

    As a consultant who works in many client codebases, I love the Peacock VS Code extension because I can apply my clients’ brand colors to the editor UI. It really keeps my head screwed on straight since I’m often working […]

  5. 01 Mar, 2021

    Notion Habit Tracking: Update 2

    I wrote about how much I love Notion and I’ve been keeping track of my healthy habits using the tool. Keeping up with new years resolutions and forming new habits requires consistency above all else. When things start slipping, it’s […]

  6. 04 Feb, 2021

    Notion Habit Tracking: Update 1

    I recently wrote about how much I love Notion and have been using it to stay on top of my personal and professional life. One of the things I’ve been using Notion for is to track my progress on healthy […]

  7. 14 Jan, 2021

    Squarknote #5 – Squarknotes

    This is a super impressive productivity workflow from Susan Fowler, and it’s amazing to see how being thorough and disciplined can yield big results. I have a far less thorough version of this that I’d like to write up. Some […]

  8. 06 Jan, 2021

    Slowly Falling In Love With Notion

    This post is a long time coming. I’ve been using Notion since 2017, but it’s been a slow journey to get to a point where I can say that our relationship is official. Notion is now an invaluable tool for […]

  9. 23 Apr, 2020

    Low-Challenge, High-Skill Tasks in Terrible Times

    This is really good stuff from Dave exploring work, mental health, and productivity in these surreal times. Depending on your situation, work still needs to happen… but it’s going to look different. Your core needs are different. Don’t feel pressure […]

  10. 14 Feb, 2020

    Deep Work Update #3

    I just got a fantastic year-in-review breakdown from RescueTime that showed how I spent my (screen) time in 2019. It gave me some really insightful and beautiful data visualizations like this: Aside from the depressing realization that 30% of my […]

  11. 15 Dec, 2019

    Group Chat, Group Stress

    This is the in-depth teardown of group chat that I’ve been missing in my life. It details all the reasons I don’t fully love Slack. I’m going to share this with my team — on Slack — to see how […]

  12. 09 Dec, 2019

    Subtract | Derek Sivers

    The least successful people I know run in conflicting directions, are drawn to distractions, say yes to almost everything, and are chained to emotional obstacles. The most successful people I know have a narrow focus, protect themselves against time-wasters, say […]

  13. 09 Dec, 2019

    Basecamp’s chat sucks

    This post speaks to me. My argument is Slack is ruining the culture of a remote, distributed, calmup. One could put rules. People should only use Slack for chat-ops, notifications, and emergencies. Would that help? Would it help people avoid […]

  14. 03 Sep, 2019

    A Year of Working Remotely

    This is a fantastic post breaking down the pros and cons of working remotely. If I had more time I’d love to go point by point through the post, but I’ll say I absolutely love working remotely. I may be […]

  15. 05 Apr, 2019

    The realities of Deep Work: What happened when designer and author Brad Frost scheduled every minute of his day

    The folks over at RescueTime interviewed me about my decision to schedule every minute of my day. I’ve really benefitted from establishing some rigor to my schedule. Here’s what I have to say a few months in: “After playing it […]

  16. 13 Feb, 2019

    Time for Happiness

    This article as well as a whole slew of others all seemed to come along at the same time, and they’re all hitting me at a particularly interesting time in my life. I’ve spent the last 6 years grinding really […]

  17. 19 Nov, 2018

    Deep Work Update #2

    A few weeks ago I made the decision to schedule every minute of my day, and so far so good. A few people have asked me for an update so I figured I’d share one. While my productivity score was […]

  18. 05 Nov, 2018

    Deep Work Update

    Last week I made the decision to schedule every minute of my day, and wanted to share a quick update. In short, this is working out very well for me so far. A few accomplishments: I coded every day – […]

  19. 07 Jun, 2018

    How To Ask For Advice Over Email

    Holy shit I think I need to add this to my contact page. When I redesigned my site, I redesigned the contact page to make the user do a bit of work to get my contact info. It sounds counter-intuitive, […]

  20. 12 Apr, 2018


    Finally, to repeat one more time: productivity in the wrong direction isn’t worth anything at all.  Think more about what to work on.

  21. 15 Jun, 2017

    The Road to Burnout is Paved With Context Switching

    Sophie wrote a great post about a pretty major source of stress: context switching. Having a lot of work on my plate is fine. Meeting deadlines is fine. Planning long term projects is fine. Debugging code is fine. Writing detailed […]

  22. 19 Mar, 2017

    Zeroing the desk

    I absolutely love this from the brilliant Brendan Dawes: After a recording session on one of those large mixing desks, after you’ve twiddled countless knobs and push around many faders you do something called zeroing the desk. This is were […]

  23. 27 Feb, 2017

    The Breakout Email Management System

    Wes Bos wrote a great post about how he deals with email. I especially I love his advice about getting to the source of why you’re getting so many emails. If you get the same email more than three times, […]

  24. 24 Jan, 2017

    Don’t Shit Where You Eat

    There’s a reason why offices don’t have gigantic screens blasting 24-hour cable news all day. No one would get anything done, fist fights would break out, and there’d be an uptick in the number of heart attacks happening around the office. For a whole […]

  25. 16 Nov, 2014

    Email Workflow

    Earlier this year Matt Griffin wrote a great piece on how he deals with email, and he explains how he sets up rules for himself to make email a little more bearable. I like Matt’s approach, and of course everyone’s […]