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The Praxis Series

Our best writing pioneering the most effective
skills, tools, and practices for modern knowledge work

Ways of Knowing is the story of Tiago Forte’s obsession with the nature of knowledge – what it is, where it comes from, how it’s created, and how to help people use it more effectively. His goal is to better understand the nature of knowledge by reuniting the mind and body, and to recruit every form of intelligence at our disposal to help us live better, happier, more fulfilling lives.

The Heart is the Bottleneck tells the story of personal growth through the eyes of a productivity expert. Through practical methods for note-taking and writing, creativity and curation, working remotely and hiring a virtual assistant, Tiago shares what he’s learned about how to tap into the power of our emotions and intuition to produce the best work we are capable of.

Extend Your Mind documents Tiago’s journey to understand how to build a “Second Brain” – a lifelong archive of your most valuable knowledge. It is made up of essays originally published in 2017 exploring how ideas from engineering, telecommunications, manufacturing, evolutionary theory, sports instruction, art history, and others might teach us something about modern learning.

Design Your Work is Tiago Forte’s first compilation of essays exploring one overarching idea: that you can design your work. Includes essays written from 2014 to 2016 on topics ranging from meditation to science fiction, habit formation to network science, metaphysics to gratitude, organizational theory to email workflows, innovation to mood-hacking, and much more.