As a special bonus for all the productivity geeks out there, here's the full recording of my interview with Stever Robbins.
I spoke with Stever back on April 25, 2017, and I used a bunch of tape from this interview in Episode 1.08 of Soonish, Hacking Time.
I first met Stever probably eight or nine years ago after seeing him give a talk at a conference, and I've always been a big fan of his podcast, The Get It Done Guy's Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More.
In addition to being a podcaster, Stever is an entrepreneur and a career coach, an author, a fellow MIT alumnus, and simply one of the smartest people I know around the big questions about productivity. Like, how to stay motivated in your work or your creative projects; how to stay organized around those projects; and how much technology is enough for staying organized, and how much is too much.
Stever and I are both big productivity nerds, although he's obviously thought and written about the topic way more than I have. So we talked about Stever's own systems for staying productive, and how he's experimenting with the Bullet Journal system as an alternative to his old digital calendar and to-do list systems. We also talked about different ways to manage email, and about some of the cognitive science principles you should think about as you design a productivity routine that will be effective for you.
Mentioned In This Interview
Grammar Girl (podcast and column)
The One Thing, by Gary Keller (book)
The Bullet Journal system (website)
Eudora, the 1980s-era email client
Kobo, the Canadian e-book seller and e-reader maker owned by Rakuten
Getting Things Done, David Allen's website
Delete, Then Rescue, Episode 325 of The Get It Done Guy Podcast
The 30/3 Rule (blog post by Stever)