I am often asked in interviews, “How do you get so much done?” Even one of my daughters asked me this the other day. I love the topic of productivity. I collect productivity hacks like some people collect stamps. I am always looking for the edge that will make me more efficient and, even more […]
Recently, after what should have been a relaxing staycation with my wife, I confessed to her that I was feeling discouraged. We talked through a few possibilities without success, but then she asked me, “Are you discouraged or just tired?” The fact is that it is incredibly easy to confuse these two feelings because the […]
I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I am running a series of “Encore Episodes.” These are my most popular podcasts ever, as measured by number of downloads. Enjoy! In this episode, I give you a peek inside my toolbox. These are “tools” I use virtually every day in [...]
I am on sabbatical for the next few weeks. While I am gone, I am running a series of “Encore Episodes.” These are my most popular podcasts ever, as measured by number of downloads. Enjoy! The topic of discipline is always relevant, since most of us struggle to achieve our goals and avoid the distractions [...]
Though we live in a very exciting time in history, it is filled with distractions. Regardless, you and I still have to get real work done. That requires focus. But what if mental focus is not something you either have or don’t have? What if it’s something you could create, on-demand, whenever you need it? [...]
[if you're reading this via email or RSS, you may need to click through to watch the video. Prefer audio? Click here.] In today’s discussion, Lisa Wood and I talk shop about websites, WordPress, and what keeps people from getting started. We’ve both seen so many brilliant ideas and people get stuck when it comes [...]Show More Summary
Does professionalism stimulate or stifle creativity? When research is essential for your creative work, how do you avoid it becoming an excuse for procrastination? What does it mean to ‘turn pro’ as a creator, and what difference does it make? … Continue reading ?
Last month, I had a wonderful time at BlogWorld in New York. I spoke on Four Simple Steps for Editing Your Own Writing and had some great feedback from attendees. If you struggle a bit with editing, or if you’re not quite sure where to begin, I hope you’ll find the presentation useful too. Watch the [...]
Post written by Leo Babauta. The industry of publishing ideas has been undergoing a revolution for more than a decade, and where it’s headed is still an open question. As a writer, I’m excited by the possibilities. But lots of writers (and publishers) find it all a bit scary. Today I share a conversation I [...]
One of the reasons it’s important to speak and share your own truth is that it allows you to really hear and feel it in your bones. By “your truth,” I just mean what is, for you, right now. You’ll see. The counterintuitive truth of speaking your truth is that it’s usually not the first [...]Show More Summary
Lift Off #4 is scheduled for Portland, August 11-14, 2011. Will you be there? This is Megan, and yes, I’ve stolen the podium for the moment. It’s World Domination Summit weekend; while Charlie is away, the brand evangelist will play. Share time! I’ve been paying a lot of attention to Pam and Charlie over the [...]Show More Summary
Collaborating on files with a group presents a unique set of challenges. Where do you store the files? Who has the latest version? What changed? Let’s say you’re composing a song about Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote. You get your band together, you lay down the tracks, and there they are on one computer. [...]
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Myna, a free online audio tool from the makers of reader favorite image editor Phoenix, lets pretty much anyone jump into recording, arranging, and mixing audio tracks for quickie soundtracks, or just for the fun of it. Myna's horizontal...Show More Summary
Jonathan Coulton makes the transition from suit-and-tie Visual Basic programmer to geek hero/songwriter seem entirely natural. We asked the writer of Portal's theme song, Re: Your Brains, and other catchy tracks how he writes, makes money, and gets geeky. Show More Summary