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?


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.