The Best Reason To Quit →

Who is this for? Those who have a difficult time deciding when to stick something out and when to quit.

Gabe Weatherhead:

[T]o me, quitting always means that I’ve found some structure and priority where previously there was a lack. I don’t quit so I can start something new. I quit things when I remember what I want my life to be about.

Like Gabe, I’ve always struggled with the phrase “saying no to one thing is saying yes to something else.” Easily some of the best thoughts I’ve read on quitting since Godin’s The Dip.

If you’re considering quitting, be it a job or a project, read this first. If you’re not considering quitting anything, read this anyway. It’s Gabe at his best.

Do You Feel Stuck In Your GTD System?

Who is this for? Those who are considering reworking or rebooting their personal productivity system.

From Erik Hess on Generational podcast:

If you’re stuck in a system, you have to get used to working within the limitations of that system.

This was a great conversation on considering and reconsidering your GTD system. The only addition I’d make to Erik’s point is that you also have to get used to the limitations of whatever system you create for yourself.

A perfect system is an unlikely goal. If you’re seriously reassessing or refactoring the way you work, focus on making things better. Some aspects of the way you work will continue to be imperfect. Embrace that reality, determine how to work through the rough spots and get back to work.

And if what you end up creating sounds “wrong” to others… well, then just heed the wise words of Gabe Weatherhead from the same episode:

Whatever’s working for you, keep doing that thing.

Be sure to give the full episode a listen.

Be Direct in Email →

Who is this for? Those who feel that their email messages are not received clearly or do not yield the desired response (or any response at all).

From Gabe Weatherhead of Macdrifter:

Email is a necessary evil of the modern world. It’s the best self documenting collaboration tool I’ve used. But there are no rules or guidelines and it’s easy to make a mess of things.

We focus so much of our energy trying to figure out how to better manage our email. We spend too little determining better ways to communicate our needs.

Here are some direct suggestions from Gabe on writing a short clear message that’s likely yield a short clear answer. Not only will it make you a far more enjoyable person to receive email from, it’s should lead to far less email that needs to be managed.