Category Archives for Productivity

No Email for 58 Hours

I shut off my computer on Friday night. I disconnected my Wi-Fi. And I didn’t turn on my computer or check my email until this morning. Felt great. That’s a full 58 hours without email or Internet. Instead of sneaking to my computer to peek at email or blog comments every few hours, I played […]

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How I Overcome Inertia

Nearly everybody deals with inertia at some point. The law of inertia says this: things at rest tend to stay at rest; things in motion tend to stay in motion. Nobody is immune to this law. Maybe this is why whenever John Carlton writes a sales letter, he imagines his prospect as a fat slob […]

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The Amazing Science of Will Power

According to an experiment published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, just one act of self-control depletes your ability to have self-control in another unrelated area. For example, when subjects were told not to eat chocolates sitting right in front of them, their persistence in puzzle-solving deteriorated. When they were told to suppress […]

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Nothing Fails Like Success

Most good marketers and copywriters have heard of Agora. It is an information publishing business that grosses more than $200 million a year, and that number may be dated. But far fewer people have heard of William Bonner, the founder of Agora. He is also called Bill and Will, depending on where his name appears. […]

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