Editor's note: The up-to-date versions of all of our planners are available on the Free Planners page. The Weekly Action Planner is a great aid to use to in conjunction with the Daily Action Planner. The main focus of the Weekly Action Planner is to give you a place to dump all the … [Read more...] about The Weekly Action Planner
Even though I was unable to post this or last Friday's meditation, it's still a goal of mine to write something that steps away from the standard topics on Productive Flourishing and instead just gives something to think about. For this week, it's not a meditation, but instead an applied … [Read more...] about Dirty Hands and Personal Development
We share something very unique with elephants. Though they're one of the strongest animals on the planet, elephants can be constrained with the smallest sticks and ropes. In Southeast Asia, elephants are still used as a mode of transportation. Tourist are often amazed at the fact that the elephant … [Read more...] about What Elephants Can Teach Us About Personal Development
I'm going to jump on the meme suggested by Chris Brogan and take it one step further. I'm an active commenter, but I haven't done as many link travologues as I'd like to, so I'll make up some ground today. 8 Ways to Be Ruthless With Your Time - Lifehack Thursday Bram, who I have no reason to … [Read more...] about Link Travelogue (Vol. 2)
In A Special Theory of Productivity, I mentioned that I that I didn't think RescueTime worked as a time management solution. That's too broad and unhelpful of a statement, so I'll spend some time reviewing RescueTime so you can see how I came to that conclusion. What is RescueTime supposed to … [Read more...] about Does RescueTime Rescue Your Time?
The situation: you find yourself in a funk. I'm not talking about the Pepé Le Pew kind of funk - that just requires the generous application of soap and water. The kind of funk I'm talking about is where you're almost inexplicably sad, slightly depressed, or down about something. This happens to … [Read more...] about 21 Ways to Quickly Short-Circuit a Funk
The other day I mentioned that Clay Collins made it on Alltop's Lifehack page. I didn't do a great job of explaining what Alltop was then, but I wanted to take a second and do so now. Alltop has provided such a great explanation of what they do that I'll just give a sample from them: You can think … [Read more...] about What is Alltop?
Failure is an opportunity. If you blame someone else there is no end to the blame. Therefore the Master fulfills her own obligations and corrects her own mistakes. She does what she needs to do and demands nothing of others. – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching PRODUCTIVE … [Read more...] about Failure Is an Opportunity
I just found out today that your friend and mine, Clay Collins, made it on Alltop's Lifehack page. I wanted to take a second to cheer him on and give him some gratz love. For those of you who haven't been following this blogging phenom, his first blog post on TheGrowingLife was on January 24, … [Read more...] about Clay made it in!!
I mentioned after I completed the Daily Momentum Planner that I figured out how to write this post. Life intervened and I lost the muse. I'm currently in the process of reconstructing the train of thought, but it's going to be rather rough. The hardest thing about articulating the ideas in this … [Read more...] about A Special Theory of Productivity
Clay wrote a brilliant comment on my last post dissenting (somewhat) about the importance of words, roots, and their meaning. I started to write a comment in response but it became clear that that response is its own post. First, I really appreciate Clay voicing his comment, for multiple reasons. … [Read more...] about Don’t We Get to Choose What Words Mean?
Loren at Writing Power asked a question the other day that I've been thinking about a lot recently, since I've been thinking about metaphors and how language affects our thinking and behavior. Her question: "What term would you like to see replace "passion" in our personal development … [Read more...] about Replacing Passion With Vitality
This Friday's meditation is an original in the Taoist spirit: Try to be everywhere, and you will find yourself nowhere. Try to be there for everyone, and you will be there for no one. Try to always be available, and you will never be available. Try to work all the time, and you will not work … [Read more...] about Build a Small Fire and Sit Close to It
Many of you have probably noticed that my pages load really, really slowly. I've been doing some research on the guts of my system, and I've been able to determine why. Some of it is due to my ignorance, and others go way beyond that. While doing speed tests this morning, I came across something … [Read more...] about Broken Theme and Something In-between
Friends and flourishing are like cookies and milk: the addition of the one makes the other so much better. But friends and flourishing are unlike cookies and milk in that you can't have one without the other. "Friends," Aristotle says, "are our second selves." They help define who we are and … [Read more...] about How Friends Help You Flourish
Okay, I've managed to move everything to the new domain name. Everything should now be under Productive Flourishing. It wasn't as painful as I thought it would be. Except for the feeds. I think I have it set up so that the old feed still works and you shouldn't have to switch anything up. This … [Read more...] about New Blog Domain, Same Old Blog
The video above is a short walkthrough of the Daily Momentum Planner. The Daily Momentum Planner helps you plan to do the right projects and actions during the right part of the day. The most up-to-date version of the Daily Momentum Planner is with the rest of our tools on the Free Planners page - … [Read more...] about The Daily Momentum Planner
One of the things I love about approaching the weekend is that it is a time to relax, step back, and think about things. I read something that stood out to me and I wanted to share it and my thoughts about it with you: Fame or integrity: which is more important? Money or happiness: which is more … [Read more...] about Friday Meditation on Contentment