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Be careful what you measure

During my time in academia, I was amazed by how much the U.S. News & World Report rankings influence decisions for both students and faculty. The Report, as you might know, ranks colleges and other degree programs in the United States. The rankings rely on a formula to determine which …

You should be procrastinating more

I recently started writing my next book. I’m not ready to share the details just yet, but I am ready to share with you a strategy that I use to bring out my best work. It’s called procrastination. By that, I don’t mean the type of procrastination where you decide …

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 …

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