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Productivity

The to-do list trap

When I first started writing Think Like a Rocket Scientist, my to-do list looked something like this: Call insurance company Submit tax form Order groceries Write book Inbox zero Clean desk “Write book” is by far the most important item here. The others have their place, but they won’t move …

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 …

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