Process, Productivity

The Core of My System (TheBrain)

TheBrain is software that I’ve had my eye on for a while now. As someone who loves both wikis and mindmaps, it’s an obvious choice to try something that seems to combine the strengths of both. Specifically, I’m drawn to the idea […]

Autism, Perspective, Process, Productivity

Why I Need a System

I tend to spend most of my day immersed in words: be it reading books, listening to podcasts, highlighting articles, taking notes, brainstorming, organizing, logging my day, or more long-form writing like for this blog. Needless to say, I have certain needs […]


Finding Some Perspective

The other day I wrote about not having access to my computer for a while and how that may help to skillfully redirect my attention. Well, the charger randomly decided to start working again… So that’s nice. But it won’t change my […]

Productivity, Technology

Feeling Naked Without a Computer

The charger for my computer is no longer functioning, so I am left with an expensive piece of technology as a paperweight. It will be at least a week before the replacement arrives, likely longer given the state of the USPS and […]

Productivity Pr0n

The term “productivity pr0n” is used to explain the phenomenon when you spend more time and attention on cultivating the “perfect” system than actually doing the work you should be doing. The term was coined and popularized by Merlin Mann.

Productivity, Willpower

Productive Patience

Our patience will achieve more than our force. — Edmund Burke When you’re deep in a commitment it can be difficult to remember just what exactly will get you where you need to go. When the demands of others (or yourself) are […]


At it’s most literal, productivity refers to the efficiency at which you produce something. When I use the term here, I am referring more specifically to the processes, workflows, and tools used by individuals to support creating things or otherwise getting things […]

Habits, Productivity

New Day’s Resolutions

I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the years’. — Henry Moore Resolutions can be great. They remind us of our goals in life, keep us on track, and get us off our butts to do things that are long […]

Adversity, Daily Awareness Practice, Process, Productivity

Fill Up the Day

At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning Sometimes all we can do is find something to occupy our time and devote ourselves to it. Whether it […]