Focus your mind by calculating your remaining days

A few months ago, I had a weird experience. I couldn’t remember how old I was. I knew that I was 41 or 42. But I couldn’t remember which. Was it denial-induced amnesia? I’m not sure. Whatever the cause, I had to calculate my age. It was 42. Where did 41 go? At that moment, […]

Optimizing for mindful moments

In business, you optimize for key metrics. But there will be several. To focus effort, you can identify one metric that matters most. This is your “north star metric.” In my current role, my team optimizes for user acquisition and retention metrics. Our north star metric is quarterly active users. This is because it reflects […]

“Meeting compression” product could cut meeting time by 80%

Okay, that title’s a bit misleading. The product doesn’t exist. But I wish it did. And if you’re subject to many meetings, you do too. So let’s figure out how to build it. Here’s my thinking. Often in meetings, much conversation contains no relevant information. This is because attendees often: Repeat themselves, or repeat other […]

Multitasking-induced capacity overestimation: the “I’ll do it over lunch” problem

Okay, imagine this. You have an end-of-day deadline for a project. You’re nowhere near done. You also have a backlog of emails to process. It’s lunch time. You need to eat. What do you do? If you’re like many people, you multitask. You respond to email on your phone while walking to get food. You […]