How smart people organize what they know.


What Worked for Me in 2021

I’m constantly experimenting with tools, systems, routines, books, and supplements to try to live a better life. Experimentation is the esse

4 Dec 22, 2021 by Dan Shipper


How to Win the Great British Bake Off

Peter Sawkins Sits Down to Discuss Framing, Faith, and Finding His Path

Feb 1, 2022 by Kieran O‘Hare


What is underneath productivity?

I’ve been obsessing about productivity for a long time. I used to spend a lot of time thinking about tools for thought and second brains. Bu

Oct 22, 2021 by Dan Shipper


Perfectionism: Why and How to Beat It

A Guide to Doing Great Work without Fixating on Flawlessness

May 28, 2022 by Dan Shipper, Dr. Clarissa Ong, and Dr. Michael Twohig


How I Tamed Panic

A Comprehensive Guide to an Unfortunate Experience

Apr 20, 2022 by Dan Shipper


5 Ways to Get the Most Out of iOS

Examining the hidden gems inside of your iPhone

Aug 13, 2020


Forget Forgetting. Build a Zettelkasten.

A networked note-taking method to help you remember more and write better

2 Mar 5, 2020


Peter Boyce is a People Person

How a top venture capitalist uses Airtable to build a Personal CRM

Nov 9, 2020 by Dan Shipper


Beware of Pet Explanations

A few weeks ago, I was out shopping in SoHo when I was gripped by the sensation that everything was about to go horribly wrong. I am not a s

Jan 15, 2022 by Dan Shipper


You Grow from Your Edges

A review of Standing at the Edge

Jul 26, 2022 by Dan Shipper


How Flow Saved a Chef

A Renowned New York Restaurateur on Using Flow to Run His Business, Make Decisions, and Guide His Life

Oct 11, 2021 by Kieran O‘Hare


Why You’re Not Doing Creative Work

And how to start again even if you don't have time

4 Feb 28, 2022 by Dan Shipper


The Art and Science of Interoception

How to become an intrepid explorer of your inner landscape

Oct 28, 2022 by Jonny Miller


How Anne-Laure Le Cunff Wrote 200 Articles In One Year

Mindful productivity helps her stay prolific without burning out

Jul 25, 2020


How James Clear is Writing His Next Book

Asana, Google Docs, and Meeting Readers Where they Are

Sep 9, 2021 by Dan Shipper and Kieran O‘Hare


Creative Extravagance

Throw some stuff against the wall and see what sticks

Sep 9, 2022 by Dan Shipper


The End of Effective Altruism?

Success has many philosophical bedfellows; frauds have none

Nov 18, 2022 by Dan Shipper


How To Write Philosophy with Dr. Pamela Hieronymi

The “consulting philosopher” on The Good Place shares her process for thinking and writing

Dec 1, 2021 by Dan Shipper and Kieran O‘Hare


Tasting Notes with Robin Sloan

The bestselling novelist shares his recipe for taking notes that spark novels.

Dec 15, 2020 by Dan Shipper


The Truth About Mental Models with Shane Parrish

Farnam Street’s founder talks about learning loops, how to read, and how to avoid bullshit

1 May 6, 2021 by Dan Shipper and Kieran O‘Hare


You have to get good before you get better

Two Shorts: Get good then get better, Kevin Yien's OKR template

Apr 17, 2020


How I bought a business for $0

Hi—Dan here. We're continuing Justin Mares's column on side businesses today! You can read previous editions here.Before starting Kettle &am

2 Mar 5, 2021 by Justin Mares


The Feedback Decision Tree

How to Give Feedback to Your Colleagues

10 Mar 23, 2022 by Brie Wolfson


What’s Going On When Hard Work Seems Impossible?

Work and procrastination are controlled by the neurotransmitter dopamine. We explore dopamine's role in productivity, and what it means for getting yourself unstuck.

Oct 23, 2020 by Jonathan Shi


The Complete Guide to Peer Coaching

Some of the most impactful therapy sessions of my life haven’t come from a therapy session

Jun 11, 2022 by Dan Shipper and Casey Rosengren