Category Archives: Productivity Mind-Hacks

What I learned in 2010: Everything is Generative

I know no one is probably reading this blog anymore, but I want to get this down, even if it’s only for myself. The most important lesson I learned about successful, productive freelancing in 2010 was this: everything is generative. … Continue reading

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My mind-hack app/reading list

My talk focused mostly on mental habits for productive freelancing, rather than tools, but I do use some great tools — and took inspiration from some great books and blogs. My slide deck mentions some of them, but here are … Continue reading

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You don’t have to wait for OS X Lion to get focus-saving fullscreen apps

The Mac fanboys out there (including me) just watched Steve Jobs preview the latest iteration of OS X, called Lion. One of the neater features is “fullscreen apps,” which basically just makes the application window take over your whole screen. … Continue reading

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Wanted: a starting pistol for your brain

Ever have one of those busy days where you know exactly what you gotta do, but it’s a lotta stuff, and you’re not quite sure how you’re gonna make it all happen? I just had one of those days. Often, … Continue reading

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Bundle your attention and find flow with “cells”

I briefly mentioned the “cell” — a longish, mostly uninterrupted block of time in which you focus on one creative objective — in my last post. A couple people have asked me to explain in a bit more detail how … Continue reading

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Know what your Real Work is. (It’s not answering email.) Act accordingly.

I used to slice and dice my freelance to-do’s into all kinds of abstract categories: writing, researching, pre-production, postproduction, rewriting, dealing with email, tracking invoices, “brand building,” ad infinitum.  I’d try to batch similar tasks across categories, track time on … Continue reading

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Freelancer Psy-Ops: when “getting things done” means getting out of your own way

I love me some technodorktacular lifehackery as much as the next guy. But there comes a time when we realize that the enemy of our productivity is not our tools (or lack thereof). The enemy is us. My little contribution to … Continue reading

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