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Busily Unproductive

By Zachary Sexton

Productive actions move things forward. You are being UNPRODUCTIVE if you are not performing activities that are DIRECTLY tied to achieving your goals. Imagine you are a real estate agent. You wake up early Monday morning, ready to take on the day. You’ve poured yourself a big cup of coffee and crack open your laptop. You…

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Productive Journaling: Writing Your Way to Success With Evernote

By Zachary Sexton

Are you a morning person?   Not everyone is.    Despite the never-ending stream of blogs, podcasts and books espousing the benefits of an early start to your day, studies show that there is no socioeconomic difference between early risers and the rest of us. [1]   I currently get up at 5:40am.    Early?…

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What Successful People Do Before Breakfast

By Zachary Sexton

Morning is a quiet time when the worries, obligations and ‘to-dos’ of the day have not yet had the chance to weigh on you. It is also the perfect time to fall into rituals that take care of the important but not necessarily urgent work of improving yourself. Why Mornings? Mornings are best because you…

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10 Apps I Downloaded to My Fiancee’s MacBook Air First

By Zachary Sexton

About two years ago a switch flipped in my brain. I went from someone who never bought a computer or phone app. To someone who did. A lot. It got a little crazy. But my thought was that if it would save me a few minutes a week, then yeah. That’s worth a buck. Since…

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Dr. Peter Attia’s Hipster PDA

By Zachary Sexton

Dr. Peter Attia flew solo on an episode of the Tim Ferris Show recently. He answered questions Tim Ferris’s audience had for him after his popular first appearance on the show. His health and nutritional insights were numerous, entertaining and often over my head. The episode got pretty hot and heavy on the science, but I enjoyed his…

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Automate Your Email Responses With TextExpander and PopClip

By Zachary Sexton

You’re inbox is where keystrokes go to die! Save your time, energy and attention spent on email by using pre-written text clips with TextExpander and PopClip.

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Agile Development Primer

By Zachary Sexton

The Elements of Scrum by Chris Sims Inspect & Adapt (vs. Plan & Execute) Agile projects are planning driven vs. plan driven Agile is about learning… without mistakes and shortcomings, we’d never uncover new opportunities to improve. “The goal of a software project is never to make a thing, but to build a system that…

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