How smart people organize what they know.


Stop Trying to Make Hard Work Easy

Nir Eyal, author of Indistractable, explains how to cope even when work is hard.

May 5, 2020


If your system was a house, would you want to live in it?

In his book Notes on the Synthesis of Form Christopher Alexander writes about how to design buildings: “[A good design is an] effort to ach

Apr 28, 2020


Is it new or does it suck?

Hey! Dan here. If you're an introspective person, you probably spend a lot of time asking yourself how things are going: Do I like this? Do

Jul 11, 2020


How David Perell writes an essay

Harnessing the power of surprise to build writing that spreads

Oct 29, 2021 by Dan Shipper


Changing the world to change yourself

My subconscious pursuit of love and respect

Jul 1, 2022 by Dan Shipper


The Theology of Productivity

Exploring why productivity can feel empty, and how we can make it whole again

1 Oct 1, 2021 by Sarah Chappell


Organize Your Week with the Weekly Priority Sheet

This week’s article is dedicated to the memory of George Floyd and the millions of people who have suffered racial injustice in America. Na

Jun 5, 2020


Cognitive Behavioral Productivity

How you can use psychology to get unstuck

Dec 9, 2020 by Jonathan Shi


Follow your heart — with caveats

“Follow your heart” is squishy advice.  It’s a Goop headline. It’s a bumper sticker. It’s something you imagine Adam Neumann plastering on

Jul 31, 2020


Action Item: Progress Over Process, Remembering What You Read, Zettelkasten

Read to the end to learn what else you get from your subscription

Oct 29, 2020 by Dan Shipper


How New Ideas Happen

“The first step to a new cosmogony is a step back” — Paul Feyerbend, Against Method Raise your hand if you’ve murdered an idea.  I have. It

Jul 23, 2020


Finding the Truth

What to do when it feels like you're spinning your wheels intellectually

2 Jan 30, 2021 by Dan Shipper


How to Go Pro as a Creator

John Gannon from GoingVC shares how he made $1mm in revenue as a creator

Jun 25, 2021 by John Gannon


Week 25

25 weeks ago, in November 2019, I wrote this in my Notion: - Write and publish a Superorganizers interview once a week - Find a partner to w

May 16, 2020


Scott Belsky’s Elephant List

Adobe’s CPO on relentlessly taking action even on the problems no one is talking about

Jul 8, 2020


The Unreasonable Effectiveness of 1-1 Learning

How to learn anything 98% better than average

Aug 6, 2022 by Dan Shipper


Action Item: How to Become a Machine

Nate Berkopec tunes himself like a server—in a surprisingly human way

Apr 13, 2021 by Dan Shipper and Annaliese Griffin


Will Worrying Make You Better?

In fourth grade my teacher referred to me in a report card as a “nutty professor.” The verdict from the elementary academy was clear: Head i

Apr 23, 2021 by Dan Shipper


How to see the future

An MIT PhD reveals his process for researching the future of programming

1 Mar 18, 2021 by Dan Shipper and Annaliese Griffin


Productivity for Parents

Square’s Restaurant Product Lead on integrating career and family

Apr 16, 2020


Nat Eliason is Living in The Matrix

Nat reveals the Roam setup that he uses to run his life

Apr 29, 2020


Action Item: Playing Offense, The 10-10-10 Test, and Blending

Amanda Goetz, VP of Marketing at The Knot, shares her routines for managing a day job, a startup, and three kids.

Oct 19, 2020 by Dan Shipper


How to get your creative work back on track

Artist and designer Coleen Baik shows us how to make a "What's Next" deck

Jul 21, 2021 by Coleen Baik


How Productivity Star Thomas Frank Reaches Millions on YouTube

We pull back the curtain on how he gets things and done, and do a deep dive on his system for making videos

Mar 30, 2020


How To Run Your Life Inside of Notion

Marie Poulin gives a tour through the most impressive Notion setup I've ever seen

Jan 21, 2020 by Dan Shipper