Productivity

Two Brainstorming Techniques for Writing

This blog post shares two techniques I've used in the past to get thoughts out of my head and onto paper. Mindmapping and freewriting are two different styles of brainstorming methods and are explained in detail for this week's blog post.

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What I've So Far Learned with Deep Work by Cal Newport

Like Tim Ferriss's book The Four-Hour Work Week, I should have picked up Cal Newport's Deep Work book years ago. Although I'm only part-way through reading Deep Work, this post is about two major concepts in the book: shallow work vs. deep work and the four kinds of deep work.

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Do a Braindump to Help with Stress

Brain dumps are a way for dealing with things on your mind and getting them out of your head. Carrying around too many of these "open loops" causes stress and anxiety and this blog post shares how to do a brain dump to get relief from that stress and anxiety.

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Three Things I've Learned Using the Zettlekasten Method

This is my first foray with a knowledge management system called the zettelkasten method. After two weekends working with it, I'm excited to have discovered the note-taking and and storage system. This post is about three things I've learned working with the system for the very first time.

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Resources for Shortcut Keys to Increase Your Productivity

Knowing and using shortcut keys is a skill that takes a little bit of time to develop because, if you've always used your mouse, there's a bit of learning you need to do. But ruling your technology is a key principle in becoming a better time manager and more productive in your knowledge work. This post walks you through the why of using shortcut keys, how to go about building your repertoire of shortcut keys, my favorites, and (as always) resources for you to use.

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Finding Time to Write

One thing that many writers struggle with is making the time to write (I'm one of them). Over the years, I've gotten much better and here I write about four strategies anyone can use to get themselves to write.

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Annual Planning for 2021

Here are twelve questions to help you with an annual review going into 2021. A little bit more work than the traditional New Year's resolutions, but the questions will help you reflect on the lessons from 2020 (both the good and the bad).

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An Email Workflow: Part 1

I've found that email used to be a huge source of stress for me. This post explains my email workflow which has helped me achieve inbox zero daily and eliminate a major source of stress.

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Protip to Increasing Your Productivity: The Habit Loop

Duhigg's book, "The Power of Habit," was a powerful read for me and helped in transforming the way I lived. The habit loop is a simple model in how to form good habits and I've used it again and again over the years to change the way I live for the better.

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The Eisenhower Matrix

The Eisenhower Matrix is a simple model that all productivity geeks should know about. It's one of the very first things I learned when I started my productivity journey in earnest.

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Getting Started With the Levenger Notebook System

I'm a prolific notetaker. I discovered the Levenger system just a couple of years ago and here's and explanation of why I think it's so great (and a pros and cons list).

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