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Podcast: How to celebrate your big milestones

On this episode, we chat about how to properly celebrate the milestones we hit. Topics covered include: How we rarely celebrate our accomplishmentsHow the “Zeigarnik effect” leads us to just move onto the next thingThe milestones we’re celebratingWhat it means to have closure with a projectThe Need for Closure scaleThe Post-Portem ritualOur favorite...

Four simple habits for stronger mental health

Takeaway: Four rules worth following, courtesy of an instructional video from 1952: don’t bottle things up inside; respect your abilities; treat others as friends; and do something about a problem as soon as it comes up. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 28s. I’ve been on a weird YouTube binge lately: watching black and white instructional...

Podcast: The importance of anticipating obstacles

On this episode, we chat about obstacles that get in the way of our habits—including the habits we’re in the middle of forming, and the ones we already have. Topics covered include: The payoff of anticipating obstacles ahead of timeSome common obstacles that get in our wayHow to identify the obstacles that’ll get in the way of our specific habitsThe...

The Peloton Bike+ Bullet-Point Review

Takeaway: The Peloton Bike+ is expensive, but can be a worthwhile investment in your physical and mental health. In this post I outline what’s great and not-so-great about the bike. I love mine, and you’ll love it, too, provided you have the budget and make a habit out of using the thing. Estimated Reading Time: 13 minutes, 11s. But I’ve bolded the...

Podcast: My favorite productivity habits (part 2)

On this episode, we count down our all-time favorite productivity habits—this week we cover numbers 5-1! Topics covered include: Keeping a “Waiting For” list—and what to capture on itHow to organize the items you’re waiting on The importance of “scatterfocus”Where ideas come from—and where our mind wanders toHow to recharge, generate ideas, and...

The 6 Burnout Triggers

Takeaway: If you’re feeling burnt out or worried you’re heading in that direction, check on the six areas of your job that are most likely to contribute to that state: your workload, level of control, how rewarding your job is, how much community you have, how fair things are, and whether your work aligns with your values. Estimated Reading Time:...

Podcast: My favorite productivity habits (part 1)

On this episode, we count down our all-time favorite productivity habits—this week we cover numbers 10-6! Topics covered include: The point of becoming more productiveHow productivity can make us more humanEarning back time, enjoying the journey, carving out time for what’s meaningfulKeeping an accomplishments listThe “Zeigarnik Effect”How often...

Your ideas aren’t that unique

Takeaway: Your ideas are worth less than you think—it’s all about how you execute upon them. Take the example of the S-logo, below. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 9s. A decade or so ago, as I was getting a haircut, and my barber told me that she had a brilliant, billion-dollar idea. The idea was for McDonald’s, and she thought it...

Podcast: How to organize your projects

On this episode, we chat about how to organize all of the projects you’re in the middle of, to feel more in control and less overwhelmed by them all. Topics covered include: What a “project” even isThe importance of seeing all of what you have going on in one placeHow to feel in control of your projectsProjects lists—and how to sort themManaging...

Which of your projects need space, and which need focus?

Takeaway: Divide your project list (if you keep one) by which of those projects require focus, space, or a combination of the two. This is a great way to briefly see what you’re working on and what you should be both thinking about and focusing on. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minutes, 30s. There are plenty of ways to organize your ongoing...

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