David Perell

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"The Writing Guy". He tweet about business, online learning, and Internet writing.

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I wonder how much productivity is lost because people can’t take afternoon naps at work

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Book clubs are a cheat code. Every time I do one, I remember the book 5x better. It takes 20 hours to read a book, but only 2 extra hours to talk about it with friends. Better friendships. Faster learning.

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I used to think the world was efficient. Now that it’s older, I see that it’s wildly inefficient. We can’t coordinate big projects, smart people are bored at work, and people are not nearly as healthy as they could be. We’re 5-10% as productive as we could be. Maybe less.

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Small talk builds relationships because it says “I care more about you than being productive”

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Productivity tip: No alcohol.

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If I ran an investment fund, I’d have a simple thesis: • People are increasingly willing to pay for productivity software. • Online learning is about to explode because we’re losing faith in the traditional college system. • It’s becoming easier to monetize social capital.

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Make your reading time more productive by writing long notes in your own words while you read.

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I wish every productive person wrote a book-length guide to how they live, work, and think.

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Don't get distracted by the internet. Boom. That's 90% of what you need to know about how to be more productive.

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The best productivity tips are the simple ones: - Eliminate distractions - Create a routine and stick to it - Make a checklist at the start of the day - Break big tasks down into small parts - Set firm deadlines Fancy apps are a distraction. Nail the basics first.

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Free business idea. An online course to help people set up their computer for maximum productivity. Default settings are designed for simplicity, not performance. Here's your tagline: "Ten hours of setup. Thousands of hours saved." The idea is yours.

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The best writing happens when you’re frustrated enough to be creative, but happy enough to be productive

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Unpopular opinion: Video conferencing is more productive than meeting in-person. Easier to stay on topic. Harder to get distracted.

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Calling it now. Tomorrow’s productivity blogs will be video-based. Remote work is exploding. Young people are increasingly comfortable on camera. A handful of knowledge workers will build massive audiences by open-sourcing their workflow. Watch this space.

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The simpler your productivity systems, the more creative your work can be

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Productivity growth will never make us happy because we care more about relative status than absolute wealth

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Just had the most productive writing week of my life. Here's why: 1) Writing is now the first thing I do every day. No exceptions. 2) I don't like editing my work, so I hired an editor. 3) Hired a full-time operations director for my business, so I have more energy to write.

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Free online course ideas: 1) Productivity training: Use powerful software to help people save HOURS per week. 2) Public speaking: Such an important skill, but it scares people. 3) Career moves: Community & accountability for challenging job searches. All big opportunities.

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Favorite Productivity Tip: Listen to the same song on repeat for a couple hours. Pick the right song and you'll enter a deep, deep trance.

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Easy way to improve productivity: Don't do the same thinking twice. Write down your best ideas. Then save them in a central location. In the heat of the moment, you don't have time to think. Search through your notes and apply what you've already written to the task at hand.

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