How smart people organize what they know.


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

70 Oct 22, 2021 by Dan Shipper


5 Ways to Get the Most Out of iOS

Examining the hidden gems inside of your iPhone

67 🔒 Aug 13, 2020


Perfectionism: Why and How to Beat It

A Guide to Doing Great Work without Fixating on Flawlessness

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


Why You’re Not Doing Creative Work

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

61 🔒 Feb 28, 2022 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

55 🔒 Jan 15, 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

53 Oct 11, 2021 by Kieran O‘Hare


Creative Extravagance

Throw some stuff against the wall and see what sticks

52 Sep 9, 2022 by Dan Shipper


Tasting Notes with Robin Sloan

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

49 Dec 15, 2020 by Dan Shipper


Action Item: The Quest to be Good at Everything

The co-founder of Bark shares his 8 + 1 system for becoming excellent at life

48 🔒 Nov 17, 2020 by Dan Shipper


You Grow from Your Edges

A review of Standing at the Edge

48 🔒 Jul 26, 2022 by Dan Shipper


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

46 Mar 5, 2021 by Justin Mares


You have to get good before you get better

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

45 🔒 Apr 17, 2020


Peter Boyce is a People Person

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

44 🔒 Nov 9, 2020 by Dan Shipper


The End of Effective Altruism?

Success has many philosophical bedfellows; frauds have none

43 Nov 18, 2022 by Dan Shipper


Forget Forgetting. Build a Zettelkasten.

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

43 Mar 5, 2020


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

Mindful productivity helps her stay prolific without burning out

42 🔒 Jul 25, 2020


The Feedback Decision Tree

How to Give Feedback to Your Colleagues

42 🔒 Mar 23, 2022 by Brie Wolfson


How James Clear is Writing His Next Book

Asana, Google Docs, and Meeting Readers Where they Are

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


How To Write Philosophy with Dr. Pamela Hieronymi

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

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


Hunting Knowledge with Eric Jorgenson

How the author of The Almanack of Naval Ravikant curates wisdom

40 🔒 Nov 20, 2020 by Dan Shipper


A Sneak Peak At a Next Generation Personal CRM

A preview of Clay + access to

39 🔒 Nov 11, 2020 by Dan Shipper


Polina Marinova Pays Attention to the Little Things

How the creator of The Profile learned to read people — and used it to create a popular newsletter

39 🔒 May 15, 2020


Validating a Side Hustle

How Justin Mares validated the idea that became a successful D2C company

38 Feb 13, 2021 by Justin Mares


The Fourfold Book Index

How I Take Book Notes

38 🔒 May 22, 2020


How to never lose another memory again

The co-creator of Flow State explains what happens when you put your entire life in bullet points.

38 Jun 18, 2020