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  1. Two Chances to See Me Next Week

    April 4, 2024 by admin

    I really enjoyed meeting so many of you at my Politics and Prose event a couple weeks ago. It was meaningful for me to be talking about my books in person again after having to launch my last title during a pandemic. It was also a great opportunity to thank people for their support of……


  2. Can You Tweet Your Way to Impact?

    March 29, 2024 by admin

    Earlier this month, a group of scientists from universities around the world published the results of an ingeniously simple experiment in the journal PLoS ONE. Every month, for ten months, they randomly selected an article from a journal in their field to promote on their Twitter accounts, which, collectively, added up to around 230,000 followers.……


  3. ChatGPT Can’t Plan. This Matters.

    March 22, 2024 by admin

    A brief book update: I wanted to share that Slow Productivity debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list last week! Which is all to say: thank you for helping this book make such a splash.If you still haven’t purchased a copy, here are two nudges to consider: (1) due to the rush……


  4. Come See Me Saturday in DC + TikTok Falters

    March 13, 2024 by admin

    I know it’s been a minute since I’ve published one of my normal essays. I’ll be returning to these soon as the chaos of the Slow Productivity launch dissipates. In the meantime, I wanted to share two quick notes: one about the book, and one about something interesting (but completely unrelated) that several of you……


  5. How the Acquired Podcast Became a Sensation

    February 15, 2024 by admin

    My podcast producer recently turned me onto a show called Acquired, which features its co-hosts, Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal, diving deep into the backstories of well-known brands and companies, from Porsche and Nike, to Amazon and Nintendo. It turns out I was late to this party. In the eight years since Acquired was originally……


  6. Heschel on the Joys of Slowness

    February 2, 2024 by admin

    In 1951, Abraham Joshua Heschel published a monograph titled simply, The Sabbath. It consisted of ten short chapters, comprising of less than a hundred total pages, illustrated with original wood engravings by Ilya Schor. Early in the book, Heschel establishes the unique importance the Bible places on rest: “It is, indeed, a unique occasion at……


  7. My new book: Slow Productivity

    January 22, 2024 by admin

    It’s hard to believe that we’re less than two months away from the publication of my new book, ​Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment without Burnout​, which comes out on March 5th. As promised by the subtitle, this book describes a groundbreaking new philosophy for pursuing meaningful accomplishment while avoiding overload, based around three……


  8. On Slow Writing

    January 18, 2024 by admin

    Someone recently forwarded me an essay from a blogger named Henrik Karlsson. It opens with an admission: “When I started writing online, the advice I got was to publish frequently and not overthink any single piece.” Karlsson was not alone in receiving this suggestion. As social media erupted into cultural dominance over the past decade,……


  9. On Metrics and Resolve

    December 31, 2023 by admin

    One of the least understood components of my time-block planner is the “daily metrics” box that tops every pair of planning pages. Given that we’ve recently arrived at the beginning of a new year, an event that inevitably suffuses our culture with talk of reinvention and self-improvement, it seems an opportune time to look a……


  10. Standing Up to Technology

    December 18, 2023 by admin

    In the fall of 2016, I wrote an op-ed for the New York Times that pushed back against the conventional wisdom that social media was important for your career. “In a capitalist economy, the market rewards things that are rare and valuable,” I wrote. “Social media use is decidedly not rare or valuable.” Aided in large……


  11. Neil Gaiman’s Radical Vision for the Future of the Internet

    November 27, 2023 by admin

    Earlier this week, Neil Gaiman was interviewed on Icelandic television. Around the twenty-five minute mark of the program, the topic turned to the author’s thoughts about the internet. “I love blogging. I blog less now in the era of microblogging,” Gaiman explained, referring to his famously long-running online journal hosted at neilgaiman.com. “I miss the……


  12. Should This Meeting Have Been an Email?

    November 10, 2023 by admin

    In the context of knowledge work there are two primary ways to communicate. The first is synchronous, which requires all parties to be interacting at the same time. This mode includes face-to-face meetings, phone calls, and video conferences. The second way is asynchronous, which allows senders to deliver their messages, and receivers to read them,……