How Do Productive People Do It?

Carla O'Dell's picture

Why are some people more productive than others?

To find out, I asked two stellar and productive past Big Thinkers to “Describe the circumstances under which you are most productive.” 

Charles Duhigg is a husband, father of two young children, Pulitzer prize winning NY Times reporter and author of two best sellers, The Power of Habit, and most recently Smarter, Better, Faster: The Secrests of Being Productive in Life and Business. I waylaid him at the Aspen Airport for his answer.

Shirley Turkle, MIT, has written tons about how technology keeps us from being productive (and intimate with others) so I asked her, too.

Notice what they have in common?

2 Comments

adityaghosetcs's picture

Good one!
Really liked what Charles had to say - make time out to think and think deeply!

Carla O'Dell's picture

Aditya, I completely agree. Charles has given this a lot of thought. Throughout history, the most productive people are those that set aside 2-4 hours a day for Deep Work and the rest of the day to rest and rejuvenate. If we stop doing the silly little time wasters (me too) we could do amazing things.

Carla