When planning, should we look at how much time is allotted for the day and try to fill it, or do we look at how many tasks we have planned and cap it at that? This question was really brought home to me while I was working on the redesign of the Weekly Productivity Planner. I brainstormed and … [Read more...] about Balancing Freebies and Time Creep When Planning
One of the best things about blogs is that they evolve through time. One of the worst things about blogs is that they evolve through time. That said, I've added some pages that I hope add value to you and make this site more interactive. I wanted to take a second and highlight these changes, as … [Read more...] about Open House At Productive Flourishing
This one's going to be a bit rough, but bear with me. Productivity systems inevitably add something to the things you have to do or have- whether it's learning or unlearning a new system or habit or adding an additional notebook or application, it's going to add something. And that fact leads many … [Read more...] about Simplicity, Complexity, and Productivity
The chief problem many of us face when we make our To-Do lists is that we try to list everything that we're thinking about doing. The result is that we end up with lists that are far too long to actually complete - and, despite how much we actually get done, we focus on what we didn't and get … [Read more...] about Mastering the To-Do List
The short answer: For most users, Backpack is worth the time and money. Backpack is an online service offered by 37Signals that makes organizing your information incredibly easy. Backpack lets you make pages which can contain any combination of notes, to-dos, images, files, etc. You can keep these … [Read more...] about Is Backpack Worth the Time and Money?
Today is Memorial Day in the United States. The holiday commemorates those who have fallen in military service for their countries. Many of you already know all of this. These types of holidays used to be another day off for me. While I appreciated, in general, what those who had fallen had done … [Read more...] about Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day
This week's Food for Thought: What's the difference between offline friends and online "friends"? (If you answered that online friends are ones you made online, you get 10 Smartass points. Proceed directly to the university nearest you and sign up as a philosophy major with said points.) Sure, … [Read more...] about What's the Difference Between Offline Friends and Online "Friends"?
UPDATE: The new design for the Weekly Productivity Planner is Out! Hooray! Pick it up here: [download#4] Sometimes the best thing to do as a designer is to recognize and admit that one of your designs is flawed. The Weekly Productivity Planner is flawed. I'll tell you what I was trying to do, … [Read more...] about The Weekly Productivity Planner 1.0: Comments on a Bad Design
There's an interesting trend going on in the productivity niche. For the longest time, the focus of productivity has been on how we can get more done. Here recently, the trend is on quitting. That we're at this stage in the dialect is fairly predictable. After years of being led by acolytes of the … [Read more...] about Strategic Withdrawal: Quitting for the Rest of Us
This last week has been a bit strange on the writing front - I've mentally written a lot of posts, but I haven't actually written them. Now we'll just have to see whether they actually materialize into something worth reading. The reason for the strangeness of the week has been due to me being on … [Read more...] about What Makes an Act Courageous?
We live in a world where tragedy befalls millions on a daily basis. The world may be better than it once was, but that doesn't mean that it's were it could be. It's not hard to imagine how the world could be better. But it's hard to make the world we imagine a reality. What can we do about all of … [Read more...] about Make a Difference: Imagine, Then Act!
In my last post I ran through a list of Big Days that I've done a horrible job of honoring. One Big Day that's not on the list is Mother's Day. Of course, if we had children, it would be on the list. I also mentioned getting thoughtful gifts for Big Days. Well, the folks over at SiteBuildIt! … [Read more...] about Give a Mother a Space of Her Own for Mother's Day
Last Wednesday was, hands down, the best day I have ever had in Nebraska. It was my five year anniversary with my lovely wife, Angela, and boy, was it nice. Especially considering how much of an idiot I was. See, I'm horrible at Big Days, and I'm fortunate enough to have several of them to make it … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Being an Idiot and Show Your Lady You Love Her on a Big Day
What makes you you? Such a simple question is surprisingly hard to answer. (Tweet this.) The Ship of Theseus is a classical philosophical puzzle about personal identity. I'll give the quick version. (Note: if you're a professional philosopher, you will not be happy with the quick version. But you … [Read more...] about The Ship of Theseus and Personal Identity
Spring is in the air, and it seems as if the blogosphere has been a bit more quiet than normal. While the quantity of writing is down, the quality seems to be better. Enjoy the roundup! Why Your Loved Ones Want You To Fail - IttyBiz Why do your loved ones want you to fail? Shouldn't they be … [Read more...] about Link Travelogue (Vol. 3)
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