How to be productive

Added July 2020


Routine

Mornings: Wake up early, deep work for up to four hours. Apps for research: Zotero, Scrivener.

Afternoons: Do shallow work, process captured thoughts, check email, plan next day, exercise.

Batch shallow tasks and meetings to reserve long blocks for deep work.


Focus

Forest, SelfControl, RainyMood. For capturing stray thoughts: Things quick entry.

Take short breaks; don’t redirect attention.

Build focus muscles by meditating and minimizing internet use.


Energy

Environment: Light and air.

Intake: Coffee, modafinil, water. Avoid food comas by fasting until noon (or dinner).

Quick boosts: Walks, naps, music.


Resources

Books: Allen 2002 (flowchart), Newport 2016. For academics: Silvia 2007, Brennan 2020.

Articles: Todd 2017, Zerner 2017, Pink 2018.