Productivity Experiments

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In addition to writing books, recording a podcastspeaking, and writing articles about productivity, I run the occasional productivity experiment on myself, where I use myself as a human guinea pig to experiment with the ideas I’m researching.

Most of these experiments are admittedly kind of extreme—but I think this is precisely what makes them interesting and valuable. By taking ideas to their extreme, and pushing on my mental and physical limits, I can uncover lessons not found in research, while stress-testing the ideas I’m writing about. It’s one thing to write about research—it’s a whole other thing to write from experience.

I’m continually incubating new ideas for experiments to conduct, time permitting! If you have any ideas, drop me a line!

Completed productivity experiments

(In no particular order..)

Meditating for 35 hours over 7 days

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Using my smartphone for only one hour, for three months

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Living in total reclusion for 10 days

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Writing 200,000 words over one year: Done! Wrote 216,897 words over the course of AYOP.

Waking up at 5:30 every morning

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