Daniel Vassallo

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Sustainable productivity is about working when you’re most effective, and conserving energy when you’re not.

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If you hate doing something, you’ll likely never do it again. Many “productivity hacks” ignore this. Only enjoyable activities last. As soon as you can afford to, optimize for enjoyment (with some exceptions).

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Productivity isn’t about keyboard shortcuts or dual monitors. It’s about finding the motivation to do something for its own sake.

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Motivation, mental capacity, and creative energy all wax and wane. Productivity isn’t about keyboard shortcuts and dual monitors. It’s about working when you’re most effective, and not working when you’re not.

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If you put off until tomorrow what you can do today, tomorrow you might find that what you postponed is no longer necessary. Procrastination might be the most underrated productivity habit.

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Today is a good day to close all your browser tabs, mark all emails as read, delete your backlog, and start from a clean slate. What doesn’t eventually re-emerge was almost certainly not very important.

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Conserving energy is a natural part of making progress. When the circumstances demand rest, rest. When inspiration strikes, strike. I've been productive via "intensity over consistency" for many years, and if you can do it, I highly recommend trying it.

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