A Modest Guide to Productivity

“We’re all subject to superiors’ whims and putting out small fires. But usually — mostly — the things left on the list are our fears. There is no pleasant way to face them, but we must.”

Here are some productivity tips that go beyond the usual to do list hacks.

Designer and author Frank Chimero shares his modest guide to productivity which includes tips like buying a $3 pencil to get enthusiasm on the cheap, to label the perceived difficulty of each task you need to do in advance, and to make the last step of every project be to properly document it.