New Productivity Forms: June 2015


I am lucky enough to live very close to the Atlantic Ocean, and I intend to spend some time there this summer. Of course, I will be at the hidden-away locals’ beaches, and far away from the “oceanfront” with its tourists and blinking neon.

I love being near the water, and I will enjoy sitting under an umbrella and watching the waves. These forms remind me that I can get through things quickly and be on my way to the beach!


Are You A Productivity Evangelist?


What do you think of when I say the word “evangelist”? Chances are you think religion. But evangelists aren’t just for religion.

Evangelism, according to, is “missionary zeal, purpose, or activity.” And missionary, by the same source, is “a person strongly in favor of a program, set of principles, etc., who attempts to persuade or convert others.”

Evangelists are everywhere, every day. Writing this blog, I am the target of a lot of productivity evangelists. I get frequent emails from people telling me I am doing things incorrectly or if I make a certain tweak or I am not seeing the point behind the system or I need to try [insert name of software, device, technique] because it will solve all my problems and will make my life so wonderful that I will vomit rainbows.

Here’s the thing: while evangelists believe 100% in their cause, evangelists do not take into account the varying circumstances of their evangel-ees.

Here’s how to tell if you are a productivity evangelist.


Productivity Tool Overview: Autofocus


I have long believed that true productivity requires a variety of methods. Some days you need to may need to focus on a specific task and power through. Some days you may need to sprint through a bunch of tasks. Some days you may need to focus on your energy. All of these strategies will help you get things done, but work best under the right circumstances.

This June I will be looking at my go-to tools – the ones in my productivity toolbox. I will look at how to use them, what they are best at, and when I use them. Today we begin with Mark Forster’s AutoFocus.