I am a big fan of Rosemary Orchard, I was very excited to hear about her new productivity podcast called Nested Folders. While I don’t know how I feel about her co-host yet, I am very glad to hear more about how Rose works.

The second episode introduced a new term to me, “non zero day”. The concept is not unique, essentially it’s: make progress every day. I like the term non zero day because it signifies that any amount of effort, even a fraction, is better than zero. Ideally, that non zero effort snowballs into a larger effort, but it does not need to for me to count the day as a win.

When I am sitting on the couch at the end of the day, I am going to make sure it was a non zero day.

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This post is from more than a decade ago. However, as the school year starts and emails are flying into my school inbox, it is as relevant as ever.

Read this article and learn how to be better at email, everyone you work with will appreciate it:

Writing Sensible Email Messages- 43 Folders

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The iPhone could be an incredible tool, but most people use their phone as a life-shortening distraction device.

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There is a (misattributed) Mark Twain quote that is used in productivity circles that goes like this:

If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.

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Seth Godin is a prolific author in the marketing/business world. I have always enjoyed listening to interviews with him and have several of his audiobooks. I can’t believe that I have not been reading his blog.

He posts every day (holy crap!) and yesterday’s post about cognitive load was a nice prompt to initiate some reflection.

Cognitive Load Is Real- Seth Godin