Peter Koehler

This Is The Year of [fill in the blank]

Over dinner during this past New Year's Eve, a group of us sat around the table and all went around and said "For me, this is the year of ______________."

Every person filled in the blank with their theme for the year - their guiding principle.

For me, this is the year of generosity.

This year is all about being generous with my time, my . . .

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July 09, 2016

Just Chop Onions

cultivating everyday awareness


In Michael Pollan's book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, he shares one of the lessons he learned during his journey from industrial eater to home cook:

When chopping onions, just chop onions.

There is nowhere else to be. There is nothing else to do. Just chop the onion.

It's always been hard for humans to do one thing at a . . .

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July 05, 2016

Hacking the Weekend

It's Friday afternoon and I am working remotely in Oregon's high desert.

Standing Desk Life Wherever I goStanding Desk Life Wherever I Go 

I woke up early this morning and hit the road for the three hour drive.

By 10:00 AM I was plugged in at my quiet and peaceful "desk" with a beautiful view.

In an hour or so when I wrap up, I won't be rushing out the . . .

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July 01, 2016

My Tactical Setup for Ultimate Productivity

the tools and methods that work for me


This is the 7th and final part of Productivity Week. 

A quick recap of what we've covered so far:

Part 1: The problem with most productivity advice

Part 2: What is productivity anyway? (Hint - it's NOT getting to inbox zero)

Part 3: Time - we don't have that much of it. Do you know how you spend yours?

Part 4: Prioritization is . . .

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June 26, 2016

Compound Yourself


When it comes to investing your money, one of the first principles to understand is compound growth. 

We often hear things like:

"The biggest money mistake I ever made was not starting to invest earlier."

"Start investing even a tiny amount early, and you can be a millionaire by the time you retire."


"If you save just . . .

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June 25, 2016


how to be sustainably productive

This is Part 5 of 7 in my productivity week series.

If this is the first post you're seeing, please also check out Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4.

There is no separation between mind and body.

It's all one connected organism.

It took me a long time to realize that.

I wish I had realized it sooner.

Over the last few parts of this series we have . . .

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June 24, 2016

Personal Reviews

and the power of prioritization

The Power of The Personal Review

On a sunny morning in April 2015 I woke up early, took a shower, and grabbed my backpack like I do everyday to go to work.

But on that Saturday, I wasn't going to work.

I was heading across town to Portland's St. John's neighborhood - a neck of the woods I don't visit very often.

Over the next . . .

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June 23, 2016