Welcome back. This is Part II of me sharing with you what works for me to be productive, even during stressful times. You can find Part 1 here. Today, I invite you to focus on few basic yet very important facets of self-care. No productivity system can get you to the next level unless you learn how to take care of yourself. During times of stress, this used to be the first place where I would make cuts. Drop the daily exercise, take a break from practicing the cello, or even step away from meals with the family to work more. All these strategies may give you a little of time today but will negatively impact your productivity and happiness in a more chronic and damaging way. Taking care of your body (and yes, your body is the substrate for your mind) should always come first. Try the following things:
I enjoy answering the questions how I get stuff done. First, please let me share that I have learned a lot about how to manage processes, document my work, and get stuff done in general. I used to be a very chaotic person and I was struggling for a long time to get things in place for being productive (and happy). A lot of credit for where I am today goes to my wonderful wife Anita, who homeschools our four kids (check out her resources on how to become a learning family), works as a project manager for the Frohlich Lab, and contributes to the field of international law with her widely-read online encyclopedia of comparative and foreign law CompareLex. I have watched her be productive at an insane level and learned, in fact learned a lot. With some tweaks to my specific circumstances, I have converged on the following three basic principles:
These are the three pillars of my productivity system (together with getting enough sleep!). I will expand some more over the next few posts to give you full behind-the-scenes access of how I get stuff done.
I hope this finds you well and please do share in the comments below if these strategies work for you and whatever productivity systems you have developed for yourself. Let's share. Let's learn, grow, transform together!
Welcome back! I know it has been a while since I have posted here. 2020 has been brutal, hasn't it? So much destruction, so much suffering, so much violence, so much disruption. I think I may be speaking for many of us when I say that "hanging in there" is about as well as can and should expect us to do during this terrifying year. Personally, I had stepped back from blogging here because there was so much going on. This week, I have decided to come back as the academic school year starts at the university I am professor at. I am greatly privileged to be a mentor for both my research group and my startup company, and I have decided to use this blog (again) to more broadly share my thoughts and advice (you have asked for it!).
Today, I start with sharing my own goals for the semester ahead, in the hope that they inspire you to think about the big picture and your vision for your future: