Forget New Year's Resolutions and Conduct a 'Past Year Review' Instead

Forget New Year's Resolutions and Conduct a 'Past Year Review' Instead

I’m often asked about how I approach New Year’s resolutions. The truth is that I no longer approach them at all, even though I did for decades. Why the change? I have found “past year reviews” (PYR) more informed, valuable, and actionable than half-blindly looking forward with broad resolutions. I did my first PYR after …

The Best Decline Letter of All Time: Edmund Wilson

The Best Decline Letter of All Time: Edmund Wilson

Edmund Wilson, recipient of both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal for Literature, was one of the most prominent social and literary critics of the 20th century. He realized, like most uber-productive people, that, while there were many behaviors needed to guarantee high output, there was one single behavior guaranteed to prevent …

On The Shortness of Life: An Introduction to Seneca

On The Shortness of Life: An Introduction to Seneca

Samurai and Seneca agreed: comfort with death brings better living. (Photo: Kalandrakas) “We don’t beat the Reaper by living longer. We beat the Reaper by living well.” -Randy Pausch (1960-2008), The Last Lecture at Carnegie Mellon   This week, one of my friends died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was in his …

Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi on Blogging Techniques and Self-Publishing vs. Big Publishers

Last week, Ramit Sethi and I recorded a private videocast for a select group of readers. The three short videos below, all 2-8 minutes in length, describe our blogging tips and techniques, as well as an examination of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing. He and I have both had the privilege and tactical experience of: 1) …

No Schedules, No Meetings—Enter Best Buy’s ROWE – Part 2

No Schedules, No Meetings—Enter Best Buy’s ROWE – Part 2

(Photo: badboy69) This is continued from Part 1 of my exclusive first blog interview with the co-developers of Best Buy’s results-only work environment, which has increased output at headquarters 41% and decreased quitting up to 90% in some divisions. When you take care of your life, do you develop overcomplicated processes for getting things done? …

No Schedules, No Meetings–Enter Best Buy's ROWE – Part 1

No Schedules, No Meetings–Enter Best Buy's ROWE – Part 1

(Photo: yum9me) Managers often ask me how to use 4HWW within corporate environments. I now have a new recommendation to add to the previous list: read the new in-depth description of Best Buy’s Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE). How did a Fortune 100 company increase productivity at headquarters 41% while decreasing voluntary turnover (corporate speak for …