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Habits

Productivity

Habits

Hard to break, harder to create. But always well worth the effort. The importance of a good habit and the breaking of a bad one cannot be overstated. Whether it’s obviously detrimental, like multitasking when you should be single-tasking or not getting enough sleep; or something helpful, like reading or meditating, your habits define who you are. It can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit and an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic.1 That’s obviously quite the range. It might be simpler to state this as...

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Everything is an Opportunity

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Everything is an Opportunity

Opportunity demands to be heard and seen, but is difficult to spot, mostly because it’s almost always dressed in the raiment of hard work and procrastination. I know that all too well, but I’ve gotten better at seeing through it (after years of trying). Sometimes, it’s easy to spot – an internship or job offer, a response to a cold email or cold call asking to set up a time to speak, or a big break you’ve been waiting for. More often, though, it’s not so easy. It’s a habit that’s like eating your vegetable – it’s good for you...

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Illuminating the Path or: Figuring Out What to Do Next

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Illuminating the Path or: Figuring Out What to Do Next

The eternal productivity question: What now? I find myself asking that question all the time. Even when I have a lot of tasks to work on, it’s hard – so much to do, how do I know that I’m choosing the right thing to focus on now? Alas, I don’t think there are any easy answers. It’s a trial-and-error sort of thing – do something long enough and you’ll figure out whether or not it’s working. Still, some steps may make it easier. Consider the hardest task that you have to work on. There’s a good chance that if you’ve been...

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