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Productivity

Your routine is a trap. Disrupt it.

The jackhammering outside my window has been relentless. Just when you think it’s over—when that brief moment of silence generates a glimmer of hope that the piercing ratatatata sounds will finally stop—it starts again. If this were happening a few years ago, I would be paralyzed, unable to do any …

An easier life isn’t a better life

I’ve always hated grocery shopping. Grocery shopping conjures memories of an hour spent pushing a cart down the aisle with one hand and clutching a shopping list in the other—with eyes searching the shelves for that elusive box filled with some random ingredient we need for Sunday dinner. Gigantic waste …

The downside of learning

I was a podcast addict before podcasts became a thing. I would listen to podcasts in the shower. I would listen to podcasts while making my morning coffee. I would listen to podcasts while walking my dog Einstein, while driving to work, driving back from work—all, of course, on 2x …

The dangerous cult of productivity

In the early 2010s, I developed what can be charitably called an obsession with productivity. I left no moment in my day unaccounted for and packed every minute in pursuit of “growth.” I put a Bluetooth speaker in the bathroom so I could listen to podcasts (on 2x speed, of …

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