There are some major changes that are going to happen to this blog that I'd like to announce: This blog will be moving to a new domain name and renamed to "Productive Flourishing." There will likely be some hiccups, but I hope you make the switch with me. Most of the ads will come off of the … [Read more...] about Changes planned for APPD
If you know you have to swallow a frog, swallow it first thing in the morning. If there are two frogs, swallow the big one first. - Mark Twain You know how it goes. You wake up in the morning, and there it is. Ribbit! You pour your morning coffee, and there it is looking at you. Ribbit! As … [Read more...] about When to Swallow Your Daily Frog
There's a common knowledge story kicked around about "The Triple Filter Test." Sometimes it involves Socrates and other times it involves an Arab scholar, but the truth of the story is the same. Here it is: *** In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an … [Read more...] about The Triple Filter Test
I'll give you fair warning on this post: if you don't like "the making of" pieces or introspection, you likely won't get much out of this post. I'm not sure how it's all going to fit together or whether I'm going to be providing anything useful. I'll also admit that part of this post is to relay a … [Read more...] about Fake Plastic Trees
This post is a continuation of the Practicing the Virtues Series. This week, we'll talk being a better friend. I'll give a brief recap of where we're at. We become more virtuous through practice. To be a better friend requires doing the things to be be a better friend - not wishing, wanting, … [Read more...] about 15 Ways to Be A Better Friend
Some people seem to be able to script themselves to change habits almost at whim. Where most of us falter and fight, these people make a quick decision either to radically change their lives or look at their current good habits and tweak them to make those habits even better. These people have what … [Read more...] about Making a Habit of Changing Habits
I mentioned in How Heatmapping Your Productivity Can Make You More Productive that I thought most personal planners got time wrong and presented all blocks of times as being equal. Later that day, I was thinking about how to capture the rather inchoate ideas in A Special Theory of Relativity (it … [Read more...] about What Preschool Taught Us About Time Management
I'm trying to save all of my metablogging posts 'til Friday, since if I wrote about all the stuff related to blogging that I'm thinking about, I'd probably write as much about blogging as I do anything else. That said, we're off! Michelle at Bloggrrl wrote today about something that has been on my … [Read more...] about Whose Blogspace Is This, Anyways?
Update: The Daily Productivity Heat Map now lives on the Free Planners page. Productive capacity is different from what you’re actually producing. The way I think about it is that it’s the amount of productivity that you’re capable of in a given amount of time. Of course, many different things … [Read more...] about How Heat Mapping Your Productivity Can Make You More Productive
In my overview of Aristotelian ethics, I noted that we become more virtuous through practice. This post gives activities and suggestions that help you practice courage. The virtues are interconnected in a very important way. It turns out that working on one virtue has reciprocal effects on other … [Read more...] about 12 Ways to Practice Courage
The question "Why am I productive?" very rarely comes up when we're productive. Usually, it's when we're not productive that we ask why we're not being productive. Asking the question in the negative like that often gets us to quick fixes, but very often does not answer it in a way that's … [Read more...] about A General Theory of Productivity
A while back I started a series on "Learning to Play a Song." Those who were following that may have noticed that I haven't done anything with it for a long, long time. What happened? After doing some brainstorming about what to write about, it quickly became apparent that I had way more content … [Read more...] about What Happened to the "Learning to Play a Song" Series?
Jurgen at Time to Write has written a brief review of Paul Lemberg's Be Unreasonable that can be found here. Something he wrote really stood out to me: While people believe that systems are the death knell for creativity, the opposite is true. Systemized companies standardize the routine, relieving … [Read more...] about Time to Write: Why You Should Be Unreasonable
I had a forehead slap moment last Tuesday when I was proofreading a letter my wife had written to a military officer. She's doing some research on families of Army National Guardsmen who have deployed, and she needed to write a letter to an officer to keep the research on track. She asked me to … [Read more...] about Why Academics Have a Hard Time Writing for Non-Academics
I'm at an all time high for RSS readers (don't laugh at my meager numbers, or do if it makes you smile), and I think that's probably one of the only measures to determine how well a blog is doing. Some think that traffic is the real way to measure how well your blog is doing, but I don't. There … [Read more...] about Question to RSS Subscribers: What enticed you to subscribe to this blog?
Whew! It's been a busy week of reading and writing. Below I've catalogued some of the posts I've read this week that either got me thinking about something or made me chortle. Yes, chortle is actually a word. Leo gives 31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing. While reading his post, it … [Read more...] about Link Travelogue (Volume 1)
Table of Contents for This Series This is part three of a three part series on the Identification and Removal of Leeches. This part covers financial leeches and concludes the series. How to Identify and Remove Real and Emotional Leeches How to Identify and Remove Productivity Leeches How … [Read more...] about How to Identify and Remove Financial Leeches
Dustin @Lifehack has pointed out that the model for personal productivity that I proposed yesterday seems to be an academic model. While I see where he's coming from, I think there's a much larger question to consider: is the Internet and its knowledgeworking minions killing the role of … [Read more...] about Is the Internet killing Academia?