Productivity for wisdom workers

To which extent can we optimize our life? What are the limiting factors and reasonable goals? Just how productive should we become? Here I will try to answer these questions. The goal of productivity What exactly is productivity? This question changes as our economy evolves and we undergo personal development.  I argue that a modern …

Productive insomnia

Recently I had more opportunities to work with sleep hacking. I feel more productive but also exhausted. My productivity doubled for the time of the experiment. And I am ready to share some things I learned about sleep. Polyphasic sleep Our monophasic 9 hours per night sleep is a modern creation, a result of long …

Perception and memory: Finding patterns in chaos

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This article is very important as a way to describe my approach to memory and speedreading. Read all of it carefully, please. For more information here, here, here, here, here, and here. World as chaos If we address all the details of what we perceive we will drown in information. Fortunately, our perceptual mechanisms reduce …

Are you working hard enough, or possibly too hard?

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We are working hard not just because it is required by our position. Often we work hard to feel better. Previously I addressed the issue of working hard vs working smart: burnout and reduced productivity. Today I want to address a less critical issue of working hard just to feel good. In this case, there …

How to generate visualizations faster

One of the main issues many of my students ask: how to visualize faster. This is one of the subjects we reviewed several times from different perspectives. Here are some more practical tips. I use the metaphor of a greek tragedy to explain… The more words you have the easier to visualize Visualizing one word …

Multitasking and focus

Once in a while, we address the subject of multitasking. It is definitely featured in my latest course. This time I want to approach the subject from yet another perspective. You can read more here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. For training please use this exercise. The virtues of focus Before we discuss …

Books to read if you have time

Suppose you are sick at home and do not have the energy or the willpower for any projects. You can still read. I asked some of my students to tell what they read now. More from me. Student recommendations Let us start with what was recommended by my students, in their own words. Oliver: One …

The joy of speedwriting

You can write very fast quality material. This is something not very hard to learn and very useful for most occupations. I will explain some of the skills involved. Speedwriting is doable We have been discussing speedreading on multiple occasions, but speedwriting is something I do not have a course for. It is doable, but …

Learn These 5 Things While You Sleep

This guest post by Ashley Halsey is somewhat different. It deals with things you can learn while you sleep. Personally I tried to research this area with mixed results. You need to sleep effectively for long-term memorization, and trying to learn something as you sleep may interfere with the things you are trying to learn …

A letter from a real 1:1 student after the first session with Anna

Recently we published testimonies of some students who completed the 1:1 course. Today I will publish a real letter of a real student between the first and the second sessions with Anna. I got his permission to use the full letter and the entire content of the message. From: Jonathan Stogsdill Hey Dr. Lev, 1. …