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How do you get more done? Why do you work the way you do? How can you get more done with less? What is the real purpose of goal setting? We explore these and other questions with the insights of our community of productivity experts.

Stuck? Here Are Nine Things You Can Do Right Now


Stuck? Here Are Nine Things You Can Do Right Now

So you’re stuck. You’ve been riding a nice wave for a minute, only to suddenly find yourself out of momentum, adrift in your work, idling in neutral. Your passion is a nice idea. Your drive is a distant memory. Whatever it takes to move forward, you’ve lost it somewhere along the way. Then come the thoughts. The worry. The anxiety. The self-doubt. The feeling that you’ve failed for no discernible reason, and that the solution is nowhere to be found. The crushing suspicion that you just don’t have what it takes to carry your goal, your project, your relationship, your … Read More


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10 Things I Learned from James Altucher about Minimalism, Failure, and Not Giving Advice


10 Things I Learned from James Altucher about Minimalism, Failure, and Not Giving Advice

James Altucher is an extraordinary man with extraordinary perspectives on everything from smart business to living a satisfying life — and how they intertwine. Here are 10 things he taught us on episode 540 of The Art of Charm. James Altucher’s appearance on episode 540 of The Art of Charm was so chock full of wisdom that I felt compelled to share the top 10 things I took away from it. Still, this is really just the tip of the iceberg; I encourage anyone who benefits from this list to give the entire episode a listen here: Here are the … Read More


in Art of Business, Art of Personal Development, Entrepreneurship, Productivity, Self Mastery

The Secret to Starting Meetings off in Your Favor


Try this easy email trick to ensure your first meeting with someone goes smoothly and wastes no time with introductions that should have already been made.

Let’s say you have an in-person meeting coming up with someone you don’t know too well yet. It might be a planning session, a sales call, an informational interview, a negotiation, or just a friendly lunch. Whatever the context, you want the other person to understand who you are and why you’re meeting — and ultimately take you seriously from the start. Here’s how to make that happen, with the help of one simple, powerful email. This strategy comes courtesy of Dorie Clark (author of Reinventing You), who shared the following story in her AOC podcast interview. Some time back, … Read More


in Art of Business, Productivity

2 Chipotle Bowls a Day: The (Delicious) Power of Routine


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“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” Gustave Flaubert I’m sure you’ve heard about the power of routine — or even the importance of routine — by now. Perhaps you read about Kurt Vonnegut’s daily routine, which involved rising early and daily trips to the local swimming pool. Or Hemingway, who wrote standing up, and always first thing in the morning. Not to put myself on the same level as the greats, but I’ve developed a very idiosyncratic routine myself. One that settles me into the day and allows … Read More


in Productivity, Self Mastery

What To Do When Your Job Sucks


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Do you find yourself uttering the words, “My job sucks?” If you’re like most Americans, you probably sympathize. A recent Forbes article reported that over half of Americans don’t like where they work. If you’re not crazy about your job, you’re probably not feeling too great about life, either. That’s only normal: You spend half or more of your waking hours at work, so if you’re not being fulfilled professionally, your day-to-day experience will suffer. So what do you do when your job sucks? And how do you go about leaving a job you hate? First, accept that you can … Read More


in Empowerment, Finding Your Purpose, Productivity, Self Mastery

How to pick the right personal coach


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Finding a personal coach is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. That relationship has the potential to change your life and set you on a course to accomplish extraordinary things. But making the right choice isn’t always easy. It requires research, communication, observation and instinct. It can get a little overwhelming and difficult, especially in today’s market. So as you consider your coaching options, I wanted to share my thoughts on how to evaluate different programs. These are based on my own experiences as a student and my years building The Art of Charm into a leading … Read More


in Empowerment, Productivity, Self Mastery

Things You Always Wanted to Do and Why They’re Not Happening


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“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert, Dune I recently came across this passage, and it got me thinking: Fear is a very real feeling, but fear is not the problem. Fear is natural and normal. Everyone has fear. In fact, fear will … Read More


in Productivity, Self Mastery

8 Lessons on Learning: How to Develop a New Skill (Without Giving Up): Part 2


8 Lessons on Learning: How to Develop a New Skill (Without Giving Up): Part 2

Acquiring new skills is often the most difficult part of starting a new project or pushing through an existing one. Here’s the second part of how to develop a new skill without giving up — part one is here. “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower In the first installment of this piece, I shared my experience learning how to produce drumming videos by discussing the importance of planning and defining an approach to develop new skills. I hope I made it abundantly clear that planning is indeed … Read More


in Life Hacks, Productivity, Self Mastery

8 Lessons on Learning: How to Develop a New Skill (Without Giving Up): Part 1


8 Lessons on Learning: How to Develop a New Skill (Without Giving Up): Part 1

Acquiring new skills is often the most difficult part of starting a new project or pushing through an existing one. Here’s the first part of how to develop a new skill without giving up — part two is here. About a year ago, I had the idea to start a website based around my drumming and writing, with a strong video component. Skills required: Drumming? Check. Writing? Check. Video production? …Hello? Is anybody there? I’m not sure how I overlooked the most crucial element required to tie everything together. It was one of those things I figured I would hire … Read More


in Life Hacks, Productivity, Self Mastery

Every Day is a New Year


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The New Year is a funny holiday. It’s an incredibly powerful moment to self-reflect, recalibrate and set a plan for the year ahead. And it’s also completely arbitrary. We’re not going to talk about how to make New Year resolutions, because it’s all in vain. As much as we like to celebrate new beginnings here at The Art of Charm, there’s definitely something strange about building your transformation around this one random day in the year. Which is not to say that it isn’t useful. Any opportunity to self-reflect and improve is excellent and should be welcomed. But the tradition … Read More


in Empowerment, Productivity, Self Mastery