Take Back Control of Your Work (and Your Life)

I just got back from the SXSW interactive conference in Austin. I went there to give a talk about fueling sustainable productivity by balancing periods of fully absorbed attention with intermittent renewal. Peering out into that vast hall, I fear I saw the future: a sea of the digital elite . . .

30 Things We Need — and 30 We Don't

Do you have the feeling, as I do, that in the tsunami of everyday life, we're getting too much of stuff we don't need, and not enough of what we do? Herewith my first set of suggestions about how to redress the imbalance:

        WE NEED LESS:
        WE NEED MORE:


        Information
        Wi. . . 

Sleep is More Important Than Food

Let's cut to the chase. Say you decide to go on a fast, and so you effectively starve yourself for a week. At the end of seven days, how would you be feeling? You'd probably be hungry, perhaps a little weak, and almost certainly somewhat thinner. But basically you'd be fine. Now let's say you dep. . .

How Are You Feeling?

Last week, my company, The Energy Project, held an offsite for our employees. On the second day, we brought in two outside facilitators to help us focus on how we work together. The facilitators had been trained in something called the "Sanctuary Model. " It was created by a psychiatrist named Sa. . .

Take Back Your Attention

As I sit down to write this blog, I'm facing a blank page. I know it's going to be difficult, because it always is. Maybe I'll just check my email first, or update on Facebook or Twitter, or read the morning headlines on The New York Times, or sneak a peak at Google Analytics, or read the comment. . .