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I’m writing a book! It’s been a struggle so far, but I’d love for you to join the journey 😀

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Why autonomy is important for work

April 6, 2022

So far on the book journey, I’ve found two things harder than expected. The first is figuring out what I want to say. The second is figuring out how to say it. I think I’ve finally cracked the first problem and I plan to share some lessons on that in future emails. These past few weeks, I’ve spent a […]

What energizes you?

March 23, 2022

Hey friends, I originally set myself a deadline to complete the draft of my book by the end of March 2022. That deadline is about a week away. But the draft of the book is quite a distance away… The good news is that I’m feeling okay about this. I’m enjoying the process of refining […]

The Myth about Hard Work

March 9, 2022

Hey friends, Here’s an update on the Book Journey. Sorry I’ve been a bit silent on here – juggling various bits of the business and writing a book has really put my “productivity guru” status to the test… thanks for sticking with me. Going forward, I’m going to try to send an update every other […]

Ali’s Book Journey – Issue #1

January 16, 2021

Hey friends, Thanks for joining the journey as I write a book about meaningful productivity. This is going to be fun 🙂 📘 Book Update I’ve got the publishing deal with Penguin Random House (UK). We’re working on finalising the book proposal to send the US publishers as well to try and get a US + […]

The MD Leather Notebook Cover

June 21, 2020

This was a joke that went too far. But since we’re all playing along, we might as well do something useful from it. I’ve teamed up with Will Hodges, a bespoke goods leatherworker from Cambridge, to design these fancy-ass notebook covers that perfectly fit the Leuchtturm 1917 A5 notebooks (my favourite). If you want one, they’re […]

The Power of Accountability

August 8, 2019

Accountability is a powerful thing. Making a commitment to doing something and then holding ourselves accountable to others is one of the most useful tools in our motivation and productivity arsenals. Without accountability, there’s absolutely no way I would’ve written these mini blog posts for the past 70 weeks. And without accountability there’s certainly no […]

The acronym that changed how I write

July 14, 2019

When writing these blog posts, I often run into writer’s block. Confronted with a blank canvas on whatever writing app I’m trying that week, I sit like a lemon and sometimes stare at the screen for hours before anything gets done. But recently I came across a concept that’s changed the way I write. I […]