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February 26, 2013 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 28 minutes
TOPIC: Shaving a Yak
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about The Hierarchy of Fiddling. When does self-improvement silently shade into navel-gazing, and how do we realize that it's happening?
Some fixes mean applying a fast change that produces outsized results (a true "life hack"). But, most of our more circuitous excursions into the world of ““productivity”” lead straight into a recursive black hole of lost time, sheer frustration, and soul-sucking existential onanism (let's call that one a "life whack").
Learn how to live with your dirty debit card, just satisfice with your dish-washing skills, and quit trying to solve non-problems with non-solutions.
Yes, learn the key commands, but, don't feel like you need to learn all the key commands. Iterate with mindful sanity.
And, like it says on the tin: always focus on how you'll get back to work.
December 19, 2012 at 11:15AM • 54 minutes
We discuss three people being arrested in the massive maple syrup heist, Instagram backtracks after mass exodus, the various ways to export your Instagram photos, iOS 6.0.2 release today (12/19/2012), Mark Sanchez benched for McElroy, Chinese villager builds floating disaster pods, Samsung is top cellphone brand of 2012, Kodak sells patents for $525 million, Merlin Mann's productivity discussed in The New Yorker, a video of a Golden Eagle trying to snatch a child from a park in Canada, and Freaky the scary snowman video is back again this year.
December 11, 2012 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 44 minutes
TOPIC: Using GTD to sanely and intelligently decide what to do, and when, and where.
This week, Dan and Merlin continue their discussion of David Allen's Getting Things Done system.
Hopping over the basic workflow and setup (you'll definitely need the book for that), this is all about doing—leveraging the horizontal and vertical axes of GTD to intuitively choose exactly the right task at any given moment.
Regardless of interruptions, regardless of unexpected change, and regardless of what you're mindfully not doing.
David Allen calls GTD, "The Art of Stress-Free Productivity," and this is the episode where you'll find out how having put this system in place can yield astronomical improvements in how your actual things get done.
Also included: a teaser for January's "iTunes management" series, plus recommendations for the three best comic series Merlin read this week.
November 23, 2012 at 6:00PM • 31 minutes
Working from home means getting things done is more of a challenge, and there are many productivity methods out there to help home workers achieve their goals. This week Dave and Aaron discuss a lesser-known method called the Eisenhower Matrix.
September 28, 2012 at 5:00AM • 36 minutes
It's usually very easy to maintain a productivity system at our desks with all of our fancy tools. But sometimes us home workers need to leave the office, and when we do, we need to get things done on the go. Dave and Aaron talk about mastering the art of GTD on the road, and how they manage to stay productive when they aren't at home.
August 20, 2012 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 29 minutes
TOPIC: Honesty and Sociopathy Go to Work
Merlin and Dan talk about the cultural divide between you and your work. Coping with work is a little like being a sociopath so you better make sure you're taking away the right lessons and being honest about the right things. Anything else is a little dishonest.
You don't need to quit your job, but you made want to at least resign your certainty.
July 27, 2012 at 1:00PM • 38 minutes
The topic of "productivity" is monumental. This week, Aaron and Dave begin to break it down by discussing what keeps them moving throughout the day
July 16, 2012 at 6:45AM • 1 hour 29 minutes
Katie and David cover their favorite apps and tools for getting work done (and creating content) on the iPad.
May 28, 2012 at 8:00AM • 1 hour 52 minutes
John Siracusa joins David and Katie to talk about productivity, writing, Mac utilities, and gaming.
Special guest John Siracusa.
November 1, 2011 at 5:15PM • 1 hour 20 minutes
On strength and tolerance.
Dan and Merlin talk about the many facets of strength, including the complexity of knowing what to be strong about, to whom, and when.
It's about way more than nailing the "clean and jerk" or yelling at Sips-His-Coffee-Really-Loud Guy. It's also about accepting all the things they just can't stand about you.
Also covered: the inescapability of Italian disco, maintaining an unassailable lawn, confronting skinny ladies in heels, negotiating D-minus hip-hop, and finding the will to spelunk all the way down the personal productivity stack.
October 5, 2011 at 6:00PM • 5 minutes
A few thoughts on productivity for you. If you feel like you’re always losing time, it’s probably not hours or days, it’s the minutes you spend on unnecessary tasks. It’s your meddling with nonsense. The fiddling about. The waiting for something to happen. Much better to think about work, life and the space in between. Then figure out which bits are most important. It’s the first two, by the way.
December 23, 2010 at 9:00AM • 52 minutes
Dan and Marco discuss adopting the userbase's de facto use-cases in your products, the downsides of open-floor-plan offices, and the cycles of motivation and productivity that many creative professionals face throughout the day.