Peter Koehler

Save Yourself from New Tab Syndrome

The power of engaging with one thing at a time

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The other day I was in the middle of emptying the dishwasher, and my phone buzzed.

I checked it, and there was a request for information.

I walked over to my desk to look up the information and sent it over.

Then I happened to see a new email. I read it and began to think about my reply.

I looked over and saw my journal, and thought I should . . .

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November 27, 2017

6 everyday things that bring me joy

1. Two Twin Comforters instead of one Queen/King (for couples)
This has been a game changer for my sleep. As someone who is sensitive to temperature and movement, having my own twin comforter instead of sharing a big one has made a noticeable difference. As a side sleeper, it’s also nice to have my own blanket I can pull and put between my . . .

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October 06, 2017

How to Build New Habits

As we close in upon the New Year, you might be thinking about your resolutions.

One of the best ways to improve in your area of choice is to focus on building habits rather than always relying on sheer willpower.

For example, I used to eat ice cream every night. Then I decided to break that habit by replacing it with a new . . .

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December 28, 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