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The 2-minute productivity rule

🚀 Productivity

March 10, 2019

There’s a good book called Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen. It’s widely seen as the bible on productivity. There’s a simple concept in it called the 2-minute rule. It goes something like: If a task will take less than 2 minutes, do it right now. If it will take longer, write […]

Parkinson’s Law

🚀 Productivity

March 3, 2019

This week, I met up with a chap called Chris. He’s of the Acute Medicine Consultants at my hospital. Some friends and I are working with him on a Quality Improvement Project to improve the way junior doctors at my hospital respond to cardiac arrests. We shared our thoughts about how to analyse the data, and discussed […]

Keystone Habits

🚀 Productivity

February 17, 2019

In Atomic Habits James Clear writes about Keystone Habits – small choices that lead to a cascade of other actions. For example, when he and his wife get home from work, they either (a) immediately change into their gym kit, or (b) sit on the sofa. Their evening changes based on this decision. If they change into […]

How removing options makes me more productive

📔 Journal

February 10, 2019

I woke up this morning at 6:15 and, as usual, I was pretty groggy and tired. At that point, as usual, the Resistance started whispering to me – “You went to the gym yesterday; you should take a rest day and sleep for another hour”, “you were feeling tired at work yesterday; you should get […]

When my to-do list piles up, I use this productivity trick

🚀 Productivity

February 3, 2019

At the start of this week, I found myself feeling a little overwhelmed. I’d been on holiday over the Christmas period, and on returning to the UK I had two back-to-back weeks of 13-hour shifts at the hospital. In that time, various things had piled up in my email inbox and my to-do list. To […]

How I make money in the stock market

💰 Money

January 27, 2019

A chap called Jack Bogle died last week, at the age of 89. You may not have heard of him. He founded a company called Vanguard and introduced the world to ‘index funds’. An index fund is the best way to invest in the stock market. Essentially, when you put, let’s say £1,000 into an […]

The £5 item that made my student life much happier

📔 Journal

January 20, 2019

One of the best purchases I made at the start of my university days was a doorstopper. Whenever I was in my room during waking hours, I’d leave the door propped open and occasionally, when people would walk past on their way down the hallway, they’d pop in for a chat. Because of this liberal […]

How to be Excellent

📔 Journal

January 13, 2019

On the flight home from Sudan this week, I read an absolutely wonderful paper from 1989 called The Mundanity of Excellence – An ethnographic report on stratification and Olympic swimmers. The author breaks down (in a very readable but rigorous fashion) the differences in daily habits, practices and mindsets between swimmers in different fields of competition […]

A rule to follow in new situations

📔 Journal

January 6, 2019

I’m writing this post from a small town in Sudan where some other doctors and I are helping out with a medical mission running pop-up clinics in local villages (PS: check out the pics on Instagram). When I’m in new situations like this, my default state is to stay in my own head and feel hesitant […]

A simple trick to making New Year’s Resolutions stick

📔 Journal

December 23, 2018

You’ve probably heard about how most people don’t end up sticking to their New Year’s Resolutions. They buy gym memberships in January, go a handful of times and then stop bothering. Or they decide to eat more healthily, that lasts about a week, and then they revert back to their default state. A few years […]