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Execution

how to be sustainably productive

Peter Koehler's Writing Archive

For my main website, head over to peterkoehler.org

June 24, 2016

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 . . .

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Personal Reviews

and the power of prioritization

Peter Koehler's Writing Archive

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June 23, 2016

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 . . .

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Clarity

Peter Koehler's Writing Archive

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May 24, 2016

Next time someone asks you to hang out, instead of giving them a coded answer like "Yeah, crazy week, let's get together soon!" just be clear and honest:

"You know what, making more social plans just isn't one of my top priorities right now, but thank you."

"We've hung out a number of times now, and honestly I just don't . . .

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Why You Shouldn't Shop At Walmart

Peter Koehler's Writing Archive

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April 27, 2016

 My last post - Why You Should Shop at Walmart - garnered a bit of a reaction. (I even lost subscribers!)

One of my readers responded and said:

Provocative piece and lots to disagree about.

Two things that jump out:

1. Walmart's reprehensible labor practices and pay scales 2. One reason their prices are so low is because they . . .

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How I Organize & Prioritize

Peter Koehler's Writing Archive

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April 19, 2016
 
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I think one of the most valuable skills I've learned so far in my career is the power of effective prioritization.
 
While I am certainly no master, I am way better than I used to be at understanding the Pareto Principle (also known as the 80/20 rule).
 
If you can . . .

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It's Time To Fight Back

Against the Modern Workplace

Peter Koehler's Writing Archive

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February 12, 2016

The modern workplace can be an existential minefield.

Urgent trumps important.

Productivity trumps true value.

Multi-tasking trumps single-minded focus.

Interruption trumps silence.

Notifications trump airplane mode.

Meetings trump flow.

Their agenda trumps your agenda.

. . .

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Exercise your thinking muscles daily

Peter Koehler's Writing Archive

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May 06, 2015

Strategic thinking is a muscle. Creative thinking is a muscle. Critical thinking is a muscle.

Without consistent use, those muscles begin to atrophy.

Exercise your strategic thinking muscle today by playing devil's advocate with your colleague or boss to ideas which may seem obvious or "correct" on the surface. . . .

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