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Take Control of Your Productivity by Jeff Porten

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Consider Everything

After a while, it’s a good idea to take a step back and consider… well, like the heading says, everything. In fact, you want to do this repeatedly.

You have a few choices about what conceptual altitude to take when you do this. If you just got out of college, it could be a big deal to plan out a year in advance. If you’re feeling a vague sense of dissatisfaction with life in general, you might want to map in broad strokes from tomorrow until your eulogy.

It seems to me that most people should visit both extremes, and a few touchstones in the middle, from time to time. Speaking for myself, thinking about what I want to do with the entire rest of my life scares the willies out of me—which is fairly good evidence that I haven’t ...

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