David Kadavy

David Kadavy is author of Mind Management, Not Time Management, The Heart to Start & Design for Hackers.

Posts from the Creative Productivity Category

Introducing Summer of Starting

May 10, 2019

Have you been putting off a creative dream? Maybe it’s a novel or an album or a business.

Or maybe you have this burning feeling that you have something to offer the world, but you aren’t yet sure what it is.

I’m launching a new email course. Summer of Starting is a series of journal prompts designed to help you stop procrastinating, and start creating. keep on reading »

What I learned about productivity while reinventing Google Calendar

January 23, 2017

You may have noticed that Google Calendar has been adding new features lately. You can find time for your goals, and set reminders, for example.

I played a very small part in these features, but I learned a lot about my own productivity in the process.

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Week of Want: I killed my to-do list, then Google bought my ideas

October 26, 2015

The email seemed as urgent as it was hastily written.

Subject: “IMMEDIATE Action Reqeusted [sic]”

Attached to the email was [redacted], [redacted], and another [redacted]. keep on reading »

The AlphaSmart: This $19 portable word processor is a writer’s secret weapon

June 23, 2015

UPDATE (8/31/2015): I loved the form factor so much, I upgraded to an Alphasmart NEO, which has a much nicer keyboard feel, and (regrettably) displays slightly more type ūüėČ

Technology has made a lot of things about writing easier. You can save little scraps of information in Evernote, write and edit with ease, and you don’t have to go to the library¬†to do research. keep on reading »

Fancy Hands Review: How I Stopped Struggling, & Started Scaling my Business

March 26, 2014

Productivity is all about mind management, not time management. If you want to be really effective at what you do best, it really helps to offload as many as unimportant details as you can. I’ve struggled with delegation, while watching my friends scale their impact, and their businesses, thanks to their delegation skills. In this Fancy Hands review, I’ll show you how Fancy Hands helps me scale my business with limited hassle. keep on reading »

I’ve been stealthily advising Timeful, & the likes of Dan Ariely & Ashton Kutcher are involved

March 18, 2014

It seems like everyone wants to have more time. In a recent open-ended survey of folks on my email list, time was the second most talked about thing. keep on reading »

This split keyboard may be the biggest thing since your standing desk

February 11, 2014

UPDATE, September 2, 2017: For the past couple of years, I’ve had readers asking if there’s an alternative to the UltraErgo Wireless Split Keyboard that I now love. Apparently it’s discontinued. The answer is still that I know of no better “truly split” alternative than the Kinesis. Happy to hear other suggestions in the comments.

UPDATE, March 10, 2016: A few months ago, I switched to the UltraErgo Wireless Split Keyboard (thanks to commenters stcorbett and cfc).

Here’s the UltraErgo (left, with its tiny USB dongle), next to the Kinesis (right).


The UltraErgo is objectively better than the Kinesis Freestyle2 on nearly every dimension that matters to me.

The UltraErgo¬†is not without compromises, though. A few potential “cons:”

Since portability is a huge factor for me, this keyboard is a clear winner for me, but if you’d prefer a keyboard built for a Mac, you may prefer the Kinesis.

Here is the UltraErgo as I use it. There are two “slant” settings, and I prefer it on the lowest one.¬†Notice that there are “battery” indicators on the UltraErgo.¬†The keyboard comes with a mini-USB (?) cable for charging (?) the keyboard. I never¬†had to use this, but I did it anyway, and that was months ago. The keyboard came with no instructions nor manual.


Here is the UltraErgo ready to be put in my backpack (I just keep the tiny dongle in my USB port), next to my Kinesis. You can see the flaps that deploy to slant the UltraErgo. The difference in size and weight is night-and-day in a backpack.


Now, back to the original post:

Standing desks are everywhere these days. More and more office workers are switching over to standing desks, to prevent the health problems associated with sitting. keep on reading »

9 Great Ways to Manage Your Mind (Instead of Your Time)

November 08, 2013

Productivity is less about time management than it is about mind management. Sometimes you can get a ton of stuff done in a 10-minute burst, while other times you may be totally distracted and unproductive all day long. keep on reading »

Eventually, you get there

November 12, 2012

At age 31, I couldn’t swim. Every time I tried to swim, my Lizard Brain would send my body into a panic. My heart rate would skyrocket, my muscles would tense, and within 25 yards, I’d be out of breath. keep on reading »

Permission to Suck

November 02, 2012

My friend is one of those people who swears she “can’t” meditate. She can’t sit still that long. She can’t think of “nothing.” The times that she tried meditating, she kept thinking of things, and got frustrated.

It probably doesn’t help that my friend was once a soloist in one of the top ballet companies in the world. She has been trained to achieve perfection, and can’t accept any less. keep on reading »

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