Category: essays

  • Your real priorities always win, even when it sucks

    Let’s stop lying to ourselves about the time we can’t find. It was never really lost.

  • Why am I doing @ship30for30?

    Writing more often is like iterating on a product faster: it accelerates progress.

  • The big multitasking lie

    You’ve been lied to since you started your professional career by being told that to be successful, you must be able to juggle many tasks at the same time. Please allow me to debunk this lie and reveal the truth about multitasking and juggling.

  • The power of constraints

    Here’s how artificially limiting scope, time, or space can improve productivity.

  • Strive for improvement, not perfection.

    Life is an asymptote. Nothing ever reaches perfection, but it can always get better.

  • How I increased this blog’s traffic by 500%

    Here’s proof that consistency and frequency of publication matter.

  • On new year resolutions

    On new year resolutions

    If you want to do something, start immediately, don’t delay to next year’s beginning. Anything you can postpone to a later start probably isn’t that important.

  • This too shall pass

    This too shall pass

    When you feel that everything is going terribly, as well as when you feel invincible, remember that this too shall pass.

  • A beginner’s take on NFTs (v2)

    v2 – 2021-12-08 Unless you have been living under a rock in recent months, you’ve probably heard of NFTs.  I certainly have, and I am trying to document my discovery of web3 technology, philosophy, and memes, mainly to gather and organise my thoughts. I hope that this can be helpful to anyone following the same journey. This piece is not an in-depth analysis and won’t be very technical; you probably won’t learn much if you already know what NFTs are. If you don’t, though, I hope to shed a little light on the matter, starting with some parallels between NFTs and the world you already know.

  • Fewer Managers, More Leaders: a Template for the Future of Work

    Fewer Managers, More Leaders: a Template for the Future of Work

    v2 – 2021-12-01 I have been thinking about how we measure value creation in the context of managing and leading teams for over two decades now, and I want to explain why Autonomy is the most critical characteristic of successful teams. We use three primary metrics to measure the value of work: 1. Input, or time spent. 2. Output, or production volume. 3. Outcomes, or value created. These represent the past, the present, and the future of performance evaluation.