Archive for the ‘4-Hour Workweek’ Category

Timezones: the secret sauce to 8 productive weeks in Buenos Aires

December 14, 2011 by Jared Goralnick

freeing up the quarterback, football exampleScheduling conflicts and jetlag are what usually come to mind when people speak of timezones.  But they can play a crucial role in productivity, too.

Like an offensive line that makes room for the star player to act, the right timezone frees you to make the play.

Continue reading…

How to solve the two biggest problems with distributed teams.

September 15, 2011 by Jared Goralnick

Working in MadridI’ve spent nearly ten years working with distributed teams.  Working from San Francisco, DC, Buenos Aires, and Barcelona has offered me perspective, freedom, and a unique sort of productivity.

But there are two common problems that will sabotage any distributed team’s progress.  We fight them every day at AwayFind, and here’s what we’ve learned.

Continue reading…

Kicking ass, with no regrets.

September 12, 2011 by Jared Goralnick

Weighing the options (Chris Akelian photo)I kick ass…but not at most things.  I have no regrets…except for a few.

It’s no secret our greatest asset is time and our greatest predictor of success how we spend it, yet most of us have grown into our roles and task lists without giving it much thought.

Continue reading…

Tim Ferriss schools Aristotle by breaking down the failed New Year’s Resolution

January 18, 2011 by Jared Goralnick

Smoking in the dropzoneBy now, many resolutions have been broken.  Radical change is difficult, and it doesn’t happen overnight.

But there is a reliable process for building the right habits.  In The 4-Hour Body, Tim Ferriss pulls from lifehacking and game mechanics to break it down.

Continue reading…

The Entrepreneurial Myth: do you want to work alone, to watch your big idea die, and to sweep the floor? Try this instead.

October 14, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

image Most people could use more career independence.  Many have some big idea they want to offer the world.  A few thrive on building authority by taking on greater responsibility.

But these do not necessarily go hand-in-hand—they often make for a risky and stressful formula.  If you want freedom, impact, or authority, let’s talk about some paths to these beyond the “go launch a business” suggestion we hear all too often.

Continue reading…

How to find balance…in 13 minutes

June 8, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Balancing Act I haven’t blogged lately because I’ve overcommitted.  When I figure out how to say “no” to more things, I’ll be sure to write about that.  But I have figured out how to make better use of the time I do spend working and relaxing.

The following is a video of me from WordCamp Mid-Atlantic talking about both productivity at work and balance in life.  Though the presentation was initially geared toward blogging, there are 13 minutes I’ve highlighted that I hope you’ll enjoy.

Continue reading…

Little bit of productivity, great bit of happiness

February 6, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Suzanne and I, 1985 Applying concepts of productivity to simply work more is missing the point.

Tonight I delivered a presentation at Ignite Baltimore that addressed applying concepts in productivity to make for a happier life.

Continue reading…

Switch up your influences & build relationships: blogs to cut & add in 2009

January 8, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Newspaper stands in Cambridge, MA (flickr: wili_hybrid) Radical change does not happen every day, but when it comes to your influences and relationships, it’s easier than you think.

If you’re like me, much of your information comes from the web, and you choose who to subscribe to.  And if you’ve been online for a while, there’s a good chance that those you paid attention to way back when are less relevant to who you are today.

Continue reading…

Looking back before looking ahead: surprises and lessons learned from 2008

December 29, 2008 by Jared Goralnick

Some things are in focus for my dog, Dagny This is an entry about me.  About a year of change as well as growth, and about what I’ve learned.

I’m going to explore what expectations were met and what themes reoccurred.  Thank you again for your time.

Continue reading…

How necessary is a necessary evil? An important consideration with 2009 just ahead…

December 15, 2008 by Jared Goralnick

View from Barcelona terraceWhen you’re making a decision, especially an important one, there are often ‘necessary evils’ as part of the equation.  On the one hand, the ‘evil’ may sound like a ‘cost of doing business,’ but it may be more serious than that.

Perhaps you should strongly consider just how ‘necessary’ the ‘evil’ is.

Continue reading…