ACE Productivity

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ACE 042: Accelerated learning, part 2: Mnemonics

Accelerated learning, part 2: Mnemonics

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today is part two of our special on accelerated learning. Last week we learned about exclusivity: Leveraging the smallest pieces of information for the biggest results. Today we’re learning about new mnemonics: how to put that information into your head in an effective and efficient manner, based on [...]

ACE 041: Accelerated learning, part 1: Exclusivity

Accelerated learning, part 1: Exclusivity

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today’s episode is part 1 of a two-part special on accelerated learning. Distilling rapid learning principles as efficiently as possible, I begin in this episode with the application of exclusivity to learning: How you can get big results by focusing on fewer things, not more things. Next week we’ll [...]

ACE 040: How to read a book… and which books to read

How to read a book… and which books to read

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you’re like me and many smart and successful people, you say that you like reading. But how much do you actually read? And more importantly, what do you get from it? In the most recent episode of ACE Productivity, I address the puzzling problem of the right way to read. We [...]

ACE 039: The state of ACE

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today’s special episode asks one big question: What is the future for ACE Productivity? So far on the podcast, I have: – Covered the ACE framework, with an episode on each of the 9 core principles. – Drawn applications of these principles both from my own life and from various [...]

ACE 038: A short story about guilt vs. action

A short story about guilt vs. action

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Does guilt make you perform better? Probably not… More deeply, how are decisions actually made? The story that I describe in this episode is very revealing in this area. You can “decide” to get up early… or you can actually force yourself to be successful. I give a very [...]

ACE 037: Why NOT to put pictures of loved ones in your office

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Like many people, I like keeping pictures of the things I love close at hand. But I’ve discovered that having them in front of me all the time is more harmful than helpful, in two specific ways. Listen to today’s episode to find out why. Special thanks Special [...]

ACE 036: Boredom and getting the most from slow time

Boredom and getting the most from slow time

Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you’re like me, you don’t always like it when life moves slowly. In general, if you’re not doing something (1) productive, (2) edifying, or (3) exciting, you feel like your time is being wasted. As a few examples, you feel life draining from you when: – You get stuck [...]

ACE 035: How I live on $90 of groceries monthly

How I live on less than 100 dollars per month of groceries

Podcast: Play in new window | Download I consistently spend less than $100/month on groceries. And I love what I eat. How does it work? It all comes down to determining exactly what values I want to get out of my food, and then finding the best way to maximize those values with minimal investment [...]

ACE 034: Artificial urgency: The 3rd option

Artificial urgency: The 3rd option

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Is stress always a bad thing? On the one hand, tight deadlines make us work faster and more efficiently… …but on the other hand, doing things long before the deadline less stressful, right? (Even if we end up doing more work.) As you’ll find out in this episode, [...]

ACE 033: How to hack your whole life using deferred fulfillment psychology

How to hack your whole life using deferred fulfillment psychology

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Is there a way to get better control of your productivity AND enjoy life more? Yes. Today’s technique has changed my life, just because it takes advantage of human nature instead of working against it. You don’t win at life by depriving yourself of the things you love. [...]