Podcast: The perks of a fake morning commute
A Life of Productivity
by Chris Bailey
4d ago
On this episode, we chat about the perks and benefits of doing a “fake commute” each morning. Topics covered include: Chris’s experiment to do a “fake morning commute”; The benefits of morning sun; Other benefits of a fake morning commute; How commuting variables affect our happiness level; Pre- and post-work rituals. Links mentioned in this episode: Happy City, by Charles Montgomery (great book!) Research: The Positive Utility of the Commute: Modeling Ideal Commute Time and Relative Desired Commute Amount Commuting and Life Satisfaction Revisited: Evidence on a Non-linear Relationship Do ..read more
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My fake morning commute
A Life of Productivity
by Chris Bailey
1w ago
Takeaway: If you want to better transition into work mode while working from home, try a “fake commute.” Estimated Reading Time: 1 minutes, 45s. I’ve worked from home for the last decade or so. Despite all the benefits of WFH life, I do occasionally miss elements of my long-ago morning commute: the audiobook time as I rode into the office and the quiet moments of transition that bookended my workday. Luckily, I’ve found a ritual to serve these same functions. As an experiment, I’ve started a “fake active commute” each morning. To my surprise, the ritual has stuck, and gives me everything I u ..read more
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My next productivity book (and a quick question!)
A Life of Productivity
by Chris Bailey
2w ago
  My next productivity book (and a quick question!) Hi— I hope you’re having an incredible week! Over the past decade I’ve been fascinated by the science of following through on our goals. Lately, this obsession has boiled over as I’ve made the science of becoming more intentional the main focus of my next book. There’s no title yet, and the book won’t be out for a (long) while—I still have a lot of research, interviews, and experiments to weave together. Needless to say, though, I can’t wait to get this one into your hands. In these early days, I’m hoping you can help me shape this proj ..read more
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Podcast: How to Get a Book Published
A Life of Productivity
by Chris Bailey
2w ago
On this episode, we chat about how the book publishing industry works—and how you can publish a book of your own, either the traditional or nontraditional way. [Here’s the PDF] Lucinda mentioned in the podcast! Topics covered include: What Lucinda learned going from being an agent to being an author; The role of literary agents in getting you a book deal; The art of the “query letter”; How to shape a book so it’s distinct and differentiated; Timely and timeless ideas; Whether having a platform as a potential author is important; Your voice, content, and offering as an author; Whether to self ..read more
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Podcast: Our “chore points” system
A Life of Productivity
by Chris Bailey
1M ago
On this episode, we chat about chore credits, our system for getting more chores done at home. Topics covered include: How different couples split the chore burden; Chores and conflict; The value of keeping on top of chore tracking; The chore tracking sheet we designed. Here’s a link to a blank version of the chore tracking template if you want to try it on for size! Links mentioned in this episode: Get Signed book Studies and research mentioned: The Relationship Between Conflict Topics and Romantic Relationship Dynamics For American couples, gender gaps in sharing household responsibilit ..read more
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Podcast: The Books We’re Loving
A Life of Productivity
by Chris Bailey
1M ago
On this episode, we chat about the best books we’ve recently read and what we’re currently reading. We also rank Chris’s books. Here are the links mentioned in this episode: Chris’s books that we chatted about: How to Calm Your Mind Hyperfocus The Productivity Project  Fiction: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow We Spread The Classical School Snow Crash Charlie and the Chocolate Factory James and the Giant Peach Nonfiction: Stress-Free Productivity Good Habits Bad Habits Grit How to Write a Lot How Not to Age Outlive The Creative Act (and Rick Rubin’s Wikipedia page) The ner ..read more
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Podcast: The productivity holiday gift guide.. continued!
A Life of Productivity
by Chris Bailey
2M ago
On this episode, we chat about our favorite productivity-related gifts that will either save time or make things more efficient. The things we mention on this episode—part two of two—include: Stationary Stuff Septcouleur Lab Notebook Non-affiliate link The Baronfig Mastermind Desk Pad Journals: Ardyn’s personal journal Non-affiliate link One Line a Day journal Non-affiliate link Our favorite pens: In black! Non-affiliate link In color! Non-affiliate link TSWBI fountain pens Post-It Notes Non-affiliate link Office Stuff The Timeular Ardyn’s favorite oversized hair cl ..read more
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Podcast: The productivity gift guide
A Life of Productivity
by Chris Bailey
2M ago
On this episode, we chat about our favorite productivity-related gifts that will either save time or make things more efficient. The things we mention on this episode—part one of two—include: The RovyVon USB-C Flashlight Non-affiliate link Cygolite Hotrod Lumen Bike Tail Light Non-affiliate link The Eve Energy Smart Plug Non-affiliate link Sandisk USB-C and USB-A Drive Non-affiliate link Lutron Diva Smart Dimmer Switch Starter Kit Non-affiliate link CalDigit TS4 Thunderbolt 4 Dock Non-affiliate link Electronics Organizer Bag Non-affiliate link Belkin Boost Charge Pro Bel ..read more
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Podcast: Forming an accountability group
A Life of Productivity
by Chris Bailey
3M ago
On this episode, we chat about the professional accountability groups we’re in, and why they’re helpful. Topics covered include: A brief chat about Chris’s recent meditation retreat; What an accountability group is; The purpose of forming an accountability group; The structure of our groups and meetings; How often we meet; The sweet spot for how big the groups should be. You can listen (and subscribe) to the podcast below! The post Podcast: Forming an accountability group appeared first on Chris Bailey ..read more
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Your Never-Ending To-Do List
A Life of Productivity
by Chris Bailey
3M ago
Takeaway: Your to-do list, with its ever-changing mix of tasks, will never be completely cleared, so it’s more important to master the art of prioritizing and staying present with what matters most rather than stressing over an endless list of tasks.  Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 22s. Today, there are about 100 things on my to-do list, a mix of mundane and monumental. And at the risk of getting morbid, five or six decades from now (let’s knock on wood for good measure), there will probably be around 100 things on this list. At all different priority levels. Some easy, some hard. So ..read more
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