Transform Your Life During Your Daily Commute

You’ve never been happier to be stuck in traffic.

By the time I turned 15 and got my learner’s permit, I had checked out every book at the library on how to drive and grabbed every pamphlet the DMV had on the rules of the road. I was ready to get behind the wheel.

I had bought into the teenage vision of what it means to have your driver’s license: Autonomy. Adventure. Driving around town with your friends, windows down, stereo blasting the latest hit. In a word… freedom.

It’s a vision of driving that many of us never lose. We become more mature and responsible, but one belief never changes: the car is for listening to whatever is on the radio.

That time in the car is a valuable resource to learn, grow, and develop yourself into an incredible person. Your daily commute could transform your life.

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5 Reasons to Write Down Things You Already Did

The Productivity Joke That's Actually a Good Idea

Last week, I sat down to work through my Today list after the kids went to bed. I had an incredibly productive evening! After almost two hours of knocking off one task after another, I flipped over to OmniFocus to check off what I had done and see what was next.

I could only check off three tasks. Three!

I had been following a stream of consciousness checklist, not a written plan. Pay this bill. Oh, yeah, pay that other bill. Schedule the bill in YNAB. Import available transactions. Balance YNAB. What envelope is that Amazon purchase? Oh, yeah, place order with Amazon. Place order with Google Shopping Express…

So I did what any self-respecting productivity enthusiast would do: I entered everything I had done into OmniFocus and checked them off.

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How to Help Someone Change with PIE

A Three-Step Framework to Give Constructive Feedback

You’ve probably heard that the best way to give constructive feedback to someone is to sandwich it between two compliments:

  1. Tell them something they’re doing well.
  2. Tell them how they can improve.
  3. Tell them something else they’re doing well.

There’s some doubt as to whether the Criticism Sandwich is even a good technique—it may undermine your feedback. Nevertheless, it’s pervasive. You’ve probably been on both sides of the conversation.

I just learned another method that I like better: give them some PIE.

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How to Read When You Don’t Have Time to Read

You can find the time if you know where to look

I have two young, energetic children. They adore me. When I have time to sit down and read, it’s usually with one of them on my lap, and we’re reading one of their books. To read one of Daddy’s books, I have to get creative.

If I sit down with a physical book of my own to read, the kids want to turn/tear the pages.

I prefer digital books, which are more resilient to eager little fingers. But the kids still want to sit in my lap and look at our photo collection. And they’re good at swiping, so I constantly lose my place.

At this stage in my life, I do most of my reading another way. I primarily read audiobooks.

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