🚀 The Ultimate Guide to Productivity

We all want to be more productive, right? But what does being productive mean and how can we improve our own productivity to live happier, healthier and more efficient lives?


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My 28 Best Pieces of Life Advice

August 10, 2022

I recently turned 28 years old 🥳 So I thought I’d do a roundup of the best life advice I’ve gathered during my 28 years on this planet. 🌍 ☝️1. Set Intentional Defaults Most of the time, we just do the same stuff we’ve always done. All day, every day. In other words, your defaults govern […]

The 24 Best Productivity Apps in 2022

August 3, 2022

I’ve refined my collection of ‘best productivity apps’ over many, many years. I’ve kept all the good apps, and deleted any that weren’t efficient, or easy to work with. I used most of these apps in my old life as a medical student and junior doctor, to help me study and create videos on the […]

How To Type Faster: 8 Actionable Tips To Increase Your Typing Speed

September 22, 2021

Let’s be honest – we’re all using computers on a daily basis and most of us use it for work. And while I don’t want to admit it, I spend the majority of my time in front of my laptop writing blog posts, emails, and consuming content. These days we use computers for everything. From […]

How To Stay Focused (and not get distracted)

September 15, 2021

These days it’s harder than ever to stay focused. We’re surrounded by fancy technologies and the whole new (and usually more fun) world is just a stone’s throw away. And, let’s say it up front, there’s nothing wrong in scrolling through your Instagram feed or playing Dark Soul for a few hours (guilty ✋). It becomes a […]

10 Time Management Tips That I Genuinely Use Everyday

July 6, 2021

Time is our most scarce resource. With only 24 hours in a day, it might feel like there’s just not enough time to do everything we want. Our usual reaction tends to be something along the lines of “I don’t have time” or “Only if I had a few extra hours…” And while these excuses […]

7 Essential Self-Management Skills: Definition, Examples, and Tips

May 3, 2021

Deliberate self-management lets us take control of the trajectory of our life. With neither a plan nor an ability to stick to one, achieving any personal goal will be a struggle…

How To Stop Overthinking: 7 Simple Ways

April 21, 2021

A few weeks ago, I got a chance to interview Justin Kan. Justin is a co-founder of Twitch (which sold to Amazon for $1B in 2014). For me, he belongs firmly in the category of ‘Big Deals’ in the entrepreneurial sphere. So before the interview starts, my mind goes into overdrive: “I want him to […]

How I stay productive at work

August 26, 2019

I’ve been on-call as the psychiatry junior doctor this weekend. That’s involved leaving home at 8am each day and returning around 10:30pm each night. This is rather a large chunk of the day spent ‘at work’ and yet I managed to get a lot of side-hustle stuff done (writing, planning videos etc). The reason is […]

The Reitoff Principle for Productivity

May 5, 2019

As you might know, I’m a big fan of productivity, consistency, discipline and buzzwords. Often however, I find myself in a place where I can’t fully enjoy myself because I have a certain guilt hanging over me that I should be doing something ‘productive’ instead. I’d like to propose a (not at all) novel way […]

The 2-minute productivity rule

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 […]

My Productivity Videos

Lots of my videos are generally themed around productivity. Here's a selection of some of the most popular ones.

The Productivity Equation
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How I Type REALLY Fast (156 Words per Minute)
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My Ultimate Guide to Productivity

And if you want to get up to speed with my productivity guides, check out the below.

✏️ How-to Guides

How to stop Procrastinating

How to take smart notes

The 2 minute productivity rule

When my to-do list piles up, I do this

Time management

📚 Books I've enjoyed

Book Notes - Atomic Habits by James Clear

Book Notes - The Magic of Thinking Big by David Swartz

💁 Cheeky Tips

The Inbox for your Brain

The Power of Project Lists

Motivation is a Myth

You might also find my tech section handy - I list all my favourite gear there and there's a big focus on how you can use tech to be more productive, as well as my apps page where I share all of my favourites.