What Templates and Recipes Have to Do with Productivity

We all ask the following questions: how can I do my work faster, easier and more accurately? How can I produce more without compromising safety? How can I achieve more without tipping the work-life scale to all work and no life? In short, how can I do more with less? There is no way to answer these questions without resorting to standardization. Standardization involves using standard processes to create standard products.

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How to Pass an Exam (Post School)

Taking an exam as a professional is a different ball game than as a student. Passing an exam in school is easy, at least in my experience because of the structures and resources available. What’s more, it is easier to learn as a youth, partly because the only responsibility many students have is studying. No bills to pay, no children to look after, no spouse to contend with. Even so, passing an exam is possible post-school. This article shows you how.

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Food and Productivity: What You Eat Makes a Difference

This note you are about to read changed my life. Because I grew up with little food, my tendency was always to eat as if it was going out of style. But as you will soon read today, there was a point where I came to myself and made a U-turn. The results have been astounding. Learning to go without food has made me healthier, stronger, wiser, and more productive than I have ever been. I hope it does the same for you.

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Tips for Creating an Effective To-Do List

People have debated about the value of to-do lists for ages. Do they work? Are they worth the time? Is there really a point in writing it all down if you already know what you need to do in your mind? I say a resounding “YES!” To-do lists are one of the productivity techniques I use on a daily basis. They are a visual reminder of the progress you have made—and the ground still left to cover. They are a reminder of the promises you have made to yourself, and that you intend to keep. To-do lists work.

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How to Cultivate a Productive Mind

Today’s post is more of a prequel than a sequel to last week’s. Before we talk about the tool a person should use to be more productive, we need to talk about the mindset of the person wielding the tool. A tool helps you do things faster. But speed is of no use if direction is wrong. A tool can help win a race, but what if it’s an unnecessary race? This is why we need to talk about the Productive Mind.

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My Productivity Techniques

The most common question I get goes roughly like this: How do you do it? How do you manage to be a hands-on dad to four kids, mentor scores of professionals and students scattered across the globe, perform well at a demanding engineering job and still have time to write a book and blog? The answer, as you may suspect, is not a one-liner.

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Review of the Year's Best: Of Apples and Oranges: An Open Letter to my Six-Year Old

As we close the page on 2018, we take one more look at the articles that elicited the most responses. This is one of them.

Today’s post takes the form of a letter to my oldest daughter, who just turned six. I want to let her know she is incomparable, as are others. I reflect openly on my journey with comparisons, how I struggled, how I overcame. The overarching message here is—you are one of a kind and the only person you need to beat is you.

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Review of the Year's Best: My Advice to Graduates: Don't Waste A Crisis

As we close the page on 2018, we take one last look at some of the best articles published on this platform this year. This one talks about how crisis is an opportunity.

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. This final installment in the Advice to Graduates series addresses the subject of crisis: what it is, and how to handle it, when (not if) it comes.

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Commonplace Miracles: From Entitlement to Gratitude

As it is Thanksgiving week (for our US-based readers), today’s article discusses how to sustain an attitude of gratitude all year long. All too often, the relationships, jobs, environments, and possessions that used to excite us lose their shine as they become an everyday experience. We start to take these blessings—miracles, if you will—for granted. We feel entitled to them and the risk of losing them becomes real.

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Years Old Reminder to Self: Get Out of Your Own Way

I am not one for New Years resolution. But some years ago, I found myself in a dark place and took the opportunity of a new year as a chance to begin anew. But how? How do I avoid the mistakes that plagued me before? Today’s post is about the one goal I set as a way out of the darkness. I made myself just one promise. It is a promise that I have largely (not 100%!) managed to keep.

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Of Apples and Oranges: An Open Letter to my Six-Year Old

Today’s post takes the form of a letter to my oldest daughter, who just turned six. I want to let her know she is incomparable, as are others. I reflect openly on my journey with comparisons, how I struggled, how I overcame. The overarching message here is—you are one of a kind and the only person you need to beat is you.

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Michael