A Simple Meditative Exercise: Resetting Your Focus

This is not my typical “Fundamentals” post. Instead, I want to describe a simple meditative exercise that some people might find useful. Just remember that you have to actually do it to get the benefits of it. For the people I work with on their own productivity and workflow, I …

Strategic Heaven and Tactical Hell

Takeaway: How close you are to a deadline with your work drastically impacts the degree of stress you deal with and the degree of control you have over events. Understanding the difference between strategic heaven and tactical hell is one of the single most important things you can do for …

Faith and Dealing With Social Pressure

Takeaway: Social pressure can cause you to sabotage yourself. There are two main ways this happens. Have faith in the process and identify the source of the pressure to become immune to it. There’s a really interesting dynamic that happens whenever you do things that are a little different than …

Cultivating Empty Space

Takeaway: We need empty space around us in all things to be our happiest and our most productive. Our society as a whole teaches us from the time that we are born that empty space is a waste. The current paradigm for society is to fill empty space as much …

Multitasking Destroys Your Ability to Learn

Takeaway: Your brain literally cannot learn when you are multitasking. This is an issue of biology, and it’s not up for debate. If you really want to learn, you can’t be doing anything else while you study. Simply put, your brain isn’t designed to do that, and it can’t adapt …

How Social Media is Stealing From You

Takeaway: Social media use is linked to being more anxious and more depressed. It’s also a time sink that keeps you from doing the things that would actually make you happy. First thing’s first: I’m not advocating that you completely cut out all social media use at all. I want …

The Concept of Stress and Recovery

Takeaway: Alternating periods of stress and recovery will help you feel better while you get more done of a higher level of quality in less time. Whenever you feel “on” mentally, it’s a pretty incredible feeling. Something that you have to understand, however, is that it’s impossible to stay “on” …

Stop All Multitasking Now

Takeaway: Multitasking is a mistake. The less you do it, the more productive you will be and the happier you will become. In our society, there’s this culture of multitasking that is so prevalent that we hardly even think about it. If you look around, pretty much no matter where …