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Strategically Constrained: How to Turn Limitations Into Opportunities

I first came across the idea that great strengths can emerge from great constraints in Ryan Holiday’s book The Obstacle is the Way. He takes a philosophical and historical approach, citing numerous Very Important People in history who used their unique challenges as springboards. I was annoyed by the idea, thinking something along the lines…

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PARA Part 4: Setup Guide

This article is a guide for getting started with PARA, an organizational system for your digital life.

Here’s the 5-step process I recommend you follow:

Step 1: Move existing files to a new folder called “Archive [date]” (with today’s date)
Step 2: Create folders for each of your current projects
Step 3: Move all the project folders into a new folder called “Projects”

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PARA Part 3: RandomNote – Building an Idea Generator

What if you could push a button and immediately be given an idea?

Not just any idea. A good idea. An idea relevant to your interests, your goals, and your current projects.

What if every time you pushed this button, you also made it more likely that even better ideas would be surfaced in the future?

I’ve found a way.

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Able Business Radio: Podcast Interview with Tiago Forte

I had a fantastic time talking to Zachary Sexton on his podcast last week. We dive DEEP into the cognitive basis of organization, how to use digital note-taking apps (like Evernote) more effectively, and most of all, the personal knowledge management methods I’ve developed and teach in my online bootcamp, Building a Second Brain: P.A.R.A….

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Praxis Town Hall #1: A 6-Month Retrospective

This morning I was joined by about 25 Praxis members for our first-ever Town Hall. The goal of the retrospective was to look back on the first 6 months of membership, tell you what I learned and changes I’m planning to make, and get your feedback on all of the above. Below you can find…

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Breaking Paradigms: Khe Hy interviews Tiago Forte

I recently recorded an hour-long interview with Khe Hy of RadReads, on a wide range of topics related to productivity, my background, GTD, Personal Knowledge Management, creativity, email overload, and trends in the future of work. Listen to the recording below, or check out the full description over at RadReads.

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A Theory of Unlearning: Ecstasis, Anamnesis, Kenosis

A year ago in Productivity for Precious Snowflakes, I introduced the idea of Mood-First Productivity — that our moods, or unique states of mind, are fundamental drivers of creative knowledge work. But something was missing: how does one advance in the practice of Mood-First Productivity, besides noticing what mood you’re in at any given time, and trying…

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PARA Part 2: Operations Manual

Last month I published The P.A.R.A. Method: A Universal System for Organizing Digital Information. It describes a simple, lightweight, yet extremely flexible system for organizing any type of digital information across any platform.

The feedback I’ve gotten has been so phenomenal, I’ve made implementing P.A.R.A. the first unit of my upcoming online bootcamp, Building a Second Brain (BASB). It will be the foundation on which the rest of the course is built.

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