Productivity is a very personal thing. On a surface level, that means that what works for me—or anyone else, for that matter—might not work for you. That’s why you’ll rarely see me give a tip on the hottest productivity app or system or whatever.

But on a deeper level, productivity is tied to our beliefs about success and self-worth. Productivity is also a product of how we deal with our emotions.

Therefore, I approach the productivity question not from the angle of tactics, but from strategy. What are we trying to achieve, and more importantly, why are we trying to achieve it? These questions have wide practical implications. See below.

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June 13Jun 13 3 Principles for a Better Life
January 3Jan 3 What in the World Are You Doing?
December 13Dec 13 The Point Is to Stop
August 9Aug 9 The Benefits of Time
January 11Jan 11 The Surprising Science of Goal Setting (And Why You’re Probably Doing It Wrong)
November 23Nov 23 5 Boring Ways to Become More Creative
August 3Aug 3 5 Steps to Becoming Insanely, Spectacularly, Wildly Successful… or Whatever
June 29Jun 29 3 Reasons Why You Make Terrible Decisions (And How to Stop)
October 28Oct 28 Three Months Later: Does the Attention Diet Work?
October 28Oct 28 How to Be Patient in an Impatient World
September 23Sep 23 How to Get Motivated and Take Action
September 9Sep 9 4 Principles of Productivity
July 1Jul 1 5 Mindsets That Create Success
June 27Jun 27 The Attention Diet
May 23May 23 Lifelong Learning: How to Continuously Learn and Grow
February 8Feb 8 If Self-Discipline Feels Difficult, Then You’re Doing It Wrong
November 19Nov 19 5 Principles for Making Better Life Decisions
April 5Apr 5 On Rock Music and Writing: The Fight to Stay Creative in the Face of Success
March 14Mar 14 How to Find The Perfect Career
October 5Oct 5 The Real Value of Money
August 18Aug 18 How to Become a Better Learner
July 20Jul 20 What’s the Point of Self-Improvement Anyway?
June 1Jun 1 The Creative Advantages of Ignorance
May 12May 12 How to Be More Productive by Working Less
April 28Apr 28 The Paradox of Success
January 7Jan 7 Your Goals Are Overrated
December 17Dec 17 Shut Up and Be Patient
October 22Oct 22 Screw Finding Your Passion
July 12Jul 12 How to Stop Procrastinating
June 18Jun 18 In Defense of Being Average
October 16Oct 16 How To Break Hearts and Risk Losing Everything
October 2Oct 2 No, You Can’t Have It All
September 18Sep 18 7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose
August 6Aug 6 Your Next Big Life-Changing Breakthrough Is Already Happening
May 21May 21 The Four Engines that Accelerate Language and Life
April 23Apr 23 Why I Chose Who I Chose
April 22Apr 22 How to Land Your Dream Job
March 20Mar 20 10 Life Lessons to Excel in Your 30s
March 6Mar 6 10 Life Lessons I Learned from Surviving My 20s
September 19Sep 19 Find What You Love and Let It Kill You
August 29Aug 29 Winning the Mental Battle of Weight Loss: How One Man Lost 266 Pounds
July 22Jul 22 Why Some Dreams Should Not Be Pursued
July 10Jul 10 The Dark Side of the Digital Nomad
May 22May 22 How to Read Faster and Retain More
November 30Nov 30 How to 80/20 Your Life
August 21Aug 21 10 Reasons Why You Fail
August 13Aug 13 How to Make Your Own Luck
July 14Jul 14 How to Quit Your Day Job and Travel the World
June 15Jun 15 Minimalism
May 1May 1 Analysis Paralysis
December 2Dec 2 Interviewing Like a Boss
November 28Nov 28 How I Quit Smoking For Good