Slowing things down can be productivity but definitely boring

I spent a good 5 hours listening to an audiobook this morning. It was hard. Really hard. Not because the content was boring but I wasn’t trying to do anything else at all! Can you imagine just listening to an audiobook while you just sit on your couch/recliner/chair or walk around the room and do […]

Perhaps a little planning would make it better

It always does. That’s precisely why some people (including some of my deepest friends) are obsessed with it. And like most hard and boring things, nobody likes to plan but sure enjoy getting things done the planned way. I’m a big believer in planning the big picture and let the little details take care of […]

Sometimes a rough week is exactly what you need

The past four days have been utterly frustrating. Couldn’t accomplish the big goals I had planned for the week. There were surprises, emergencies and pivots I had to either act on or consider. For someone who’s ultra careful about planning and productivity, it’s scary! It’s also a great reminder that things can’t be perfect at […]

The hard thing about simple things

Ever remember telling yourself, “that’s simple… all I need to do is…”. Do you? And you know what happened next? Or perhaps a few weeks back? You fell off the wagon. Right? If you didn’t, hats off to you! I, for one, have been on and off the wagon a thousand times. Or perhaps even […]

Leo Babauta’s 9 rules for a simpler day

I think Leo’s internet’s original minimalist. He was there before all the other minimalists/vagabonds learned how to create a blog account, let alone a Facebook or an Instagram account. His blog, ZenHabits, used to be my constant companion and the go-to online destination during some of the darkest days of my life. While scouring through […]

Your life is worth capturing, isn’t it?

I was in Grade 6 when my English teacher asked us to write a “dear diary” for the very first time. I was good at it and was instantly labeled the go-to person for “diary entries!” Who knew this could be a talent? It didn’t seem like a big deal to me. Perhaps it was […]

Drucker’s decision-making process

Almost everything in life essentially boils down to either making a choice or doing the damn thing. The challenge is that most of us either stay stuck at the cusp of doing it or making a choice. Years ago, I bumped into Peter Drucker’s decision-making framework in HBR. It literally changed my life. For the […]

You can’t do it all

If you’re thinking this post is about productivity, you’re probably right. Emphasis on “probably” because being able to “do it all” goes beyond making the right choices or getting things done. I would even argue that productivity isn’t about the number of hours you spend doing “useful stuff” anymore. Productivity is a mindset. It’s your […]