David Kadavy

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

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Love Your Work is the intellectual playground of David Kadavy, bestselling author of three books – including Mind Management, Not Time Management – and former design advisor to Timeful – a Google-acquired productivity app.

Love Your Work is where David shows you how to be productive when creativity matters, get things done and breed Black Swans in your career as a creator. Dig into the archives for insightful conversations with Dan Ariely, David Allen, Seth Godin, James Altucher, and many more.

David is an underrated writer and thinker. In an age of instant publication, he puts time, effort and great thought into the content and work he shares with the world.
—Jeff Goins, bestselling author of Real Artists Don’t Starve

To hear interviews of David, here is a complete list of podcasts he’s been on.

Posts from the Love Your Work Podcast Category

My Nighttime Routine – Love Your Work, Episode 259

July 08, 2021

Nighttine RoutineYou hear a lot about morning routines, but nighttime routines are every bit as important. Your parents probably had a bedtime routine for you, and if you have kids you probably have bedtime routines for them. But we need bedtime routines as adults, too. I follow a specific nighttime routine, and it helps me get to sleep faster, and wake up better rested. keep on reading »

8 Harsh Truths About Dating (from a former professional dater) – Love Your Work, Episode 258

June 24, 2021

8 harsh dating truthsI once was a professional dater. I was good at getting dates. I was terrible at finding a partner – which I really wanted. I went on so many dates, I made $150,000 on an online-dating-advice blog (which I recently shut down). keep on reading »

The Image by Daniel J. Boorstin Book Summary – Love Your Work, Episode 257

June 10, 2021

the image a guide to pseudo events in america daniel j boorstinDoes image-based media make us think less about our principles and ideals, and more about pursuing mere appearances? Daniel J. Boorstin thought so. In his book, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, Boorstin breaks down why “The Graphic Revolution,” has built a world where our fantasies are more real than our reality. In this book summary, I’ll explain why Boorstin says, “By sharpening our images we have blurred all our experience.” keep on reading »

Use the Barbell Strategy for Success in Creativity (& Life) – Love Your Work, Episode 256

May 27, 2021

The business of creative work is the business of riding randomness. If you want to write a bestselling book or launch a revolutionary company, you’re going to need luck. You’re navigating Extremistan, not Mediocristan, as I talked about in episode 253. How do you increase your chances of having a hit without risking everything? You do it with “The Barbell Strategy.” You can use the Barbell Strategy in many areas of life and work. keep on reading »

My Low-EMF Computing Setup – Love Your Work, Episode 255

May 13, 2021

I recently got a message from a reader, who said, “I don’t know if it’s meditation or you reaching a new level professionally, but I feel like your writing is on FIRE!” I do feel my writing has improved over the last year. They’re right to think the meditation I talked about on episode 246 has helped. If I had to pick one thing that has improved my writing, it’s starting to use the Zettelkasten method I talked about on episode 250. But I wouldn’t be able to manage my Zettelkasten if it weren’t for a recent breakthrough in how, physically, I write. It wouldn’t be possible without my new low-EMF computing setup. keep on reading »

Why I Lost $4,000 on my BookBub Featured Deal (& Why I’d Do it Again) – Love Your Work, Episode 254

April 29, 2021

bookbub featured deal resultsAfter fourteen rejections, as I outlined on episode 247, I finally landed a BookBub Featured Deal. Once I tallied up my results, I had lost more than $4,000 running the promotion. I’ll tell you why, and why I’d still do another BookBub Featured Deal in a heartbeat.

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Creative Success in Extremistan (Not Mediocristan) – Love Your Work, Episode 253

April 15, 2021

Success Extremistan vs MediocristanIf you want to succeed in anything creative – whether that’s writing, art, or entrepreneurship – you’re navigating unfamiliar territory. Everyone else is living in Mediocristan, but you’re living in Extremistan. You need a different approach for deciding how you define success. keep on reading »

Amusing Ourselves to Death Book Summary – Love Your Work, Episode 252

April 01, 2021

amusing ourselves to death book summaryCan the way we consume information make us unable to tell truth from lies? Neil Postman thought so. In his book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, Postman says everything has been turned into entertainment: Our politics, religion, news, athletics, our commerce – even our education – have all been turned into forms of entertainment. This has weakened our ability to reason about society’s important questions. In this Amusing Ourselves to Death book summary, I’ll break down – in my own words – why Postman believes the shift from a society built around reading, to a society built around moving pictures and music, has devolved our discourse into a dangerous level of nonsense. keep on reading »

Survivorship Bias’s Fatal Flaw – Love Your Work, Episode 251

March 18, 2021

There’s an important bias to avoid: Survivorship bias. Unfortunately, people who might otherwise do something with their lives hide behind survivorship bias. Just as important as knowing when survivorship bias matters is knowing when survivorship bias does not matter. Survivorship bias has a fatal flaw. keep on reading »

My Zettelkasten: An Author’s Digital Slip-Box Method Example (Using Plain-Text Software) – Love Your Work, Episode 250

March 04, 2021

UPDATE May 28, 2021: If you like this post, it inspired a short book I just released. Digital Zettelkasten: Principles, Methods, & Examples is about 4x as long as this blog post, and is now available on Amazon, direct from me, and everywhere else.

As a nonfiction author, retaining what I read is my job. Through the process of writing three books, I’ve experimented with different ways of reading, remembering what I read, and using that knowledge to develop my own thoughts. I’ll share today my note-taking system. I hope it serves as a good example of a digital “Zettelkasten” or slip box. keep on reading »

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