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

Are You a Type 2 Person?

Think about the last time you worked out hard.

Was it fun while you were doing it? Hell no.

It was probably somewhere between bearable (“Come on Pete! Only 6 more minutes. You got this.”) and terrible (“I can’t do this. Yes I can … look I’m still moving. Maybe I should stop. No! I got this.”).

Then think about how you felt when you . . .

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October 09, 2017

Mistakes people make when applying for jobs

I've searched for jobs. I've been hired. I've hired people. I've read more resumes and cover letters than I can remember. I've sat through interviews. I've seen people I love go through the job hunt.

Over and over again, I've noticed lots of people make these mistakes:

1. They focus too much on why a job is good for them, and not enough on . . .

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August 22, 2017

What Nature Demands

You don't love yourself enough or you'd love your nature too and what it demands of you.

- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 5.1

Our nature demands that we get out of bed in the morning.

Our nature demands that we exert our bodies.

Our nature demands that we tackle hard challenges.

Our nature demands that we do our work, and . . .

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October 26, 2016

Hacking the Weekend

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

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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


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

How I Organize & Prioritize

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 figure out what the most . . .

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April 19, 2016