The Problem with the Goodreads Reading Challenge

  The Goodreads reading challenge is a great way to challenge yourself to read more. Every year, you choose a number of books you want to read and see if you hit your target. Whether it’s effective or not is hard to say, but it has certainly motivated me. Theory vs Practice In theory, this…

The Mathematics of Love

Listening to The Arthur Brooks Show episode that dealt with Romantic Entrepreneurship, it struck me that the concept had parallels in gambling. If you haven’t listened to it, Brooks makes the case for being riskier in love-affairs. Now, I’m no relationship expert, but I do love bringing maths to every aspect of life, so here we…

Key takeaways from Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel is controversial, to say the least. I must admit I hesitated to pick up Zero to One for that very reason. That might be stupid, but I’ve always kept a distance to controversial figures. I’m glad I didn’t in this case. This was the first book in a long time that has changed…

Improving the Weekly Review

Ever since I read Getting Things Done, the weekly review has been an important part of my productivity system. At first, all I did was fight entropy and plan the immediate future. That was long ago, when I was but a young boy at (my current age – 2 years). Since then, I’ve made important…

The Essence of Productivity

I’ve just finished reading Tim Ferris’ The 4-Hour Workweek, and although I’m far from the target audience, it offered some insightful ideas on productivity. This article concerns one of those ideas, describing the nature of productivity itself: the difference between efficiency and effectiveness. Efficiency: Performing a given task using as little as possible of a…