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

Ode to the Unfinished – Love Your Work, Episode 272

February 10, 2022

There’s a reason the expression, “unfinished business” has such provocative power. Unfinished projects stack up like skeletons in our cluttered mental closets. We know if we crack open that door, we’ll be reminded of our failed intentions, our foolish optimism, and our broken promises – to others and to ourselves.

But unfinished business doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Unfinished projects are a valuable and necessary part of the creative process. They build skills and plant seeds of ideas for future projects. And even when a project seems as if it’s unfinished, sometimes it’s not.

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How To Be Somebody – Love Your Work, Episode 271

January 27, 2022

how to be somebodyThere’s something I want to talk about, but frankly, I’m a little embarrassed to do so. However, I write with my former self in mind, and my former self would want to know about this. So here I go.

I want to talk about how to be somebody.

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My Cooking System – Love Your Work, Episode 270

January 13, 2022

my coooking system Systems save energy. Especially if the system helps you with something you do every day. This is why I have a system for cooking. When you’re hungry, you make bad decisions, such as grabbing the quickest food you can find – which often happens to be unhealthy food. My cooking system ensures I never have to think about what to eat, or how to prepare it. It frees my time and my mind, so I can focus on creating. keep on reading »

Farm What You Forage – Love Your Work, Episode 269

November 25, 2021

Farm Forage

Many people think our hunter-gatherer ancestors lived short and miserable lives. In fact, that’s what most anthropologists thought. Until the 1960s, when they looked more closely at how foragers got by.

The way foragers “worked” can tell us a lot about the way we, as creators, work.

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The Void – Love Your Work, Episode 268

November 11, 2021

The Void

There’s a story I think of every time I’m in the throes of a difficult project. It’s from the movie, Catch Me if You Can, about the infamous con artist, Frank Abignale, Jr. Frank’s Father, Frank Senior, tells him a story:

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The Finisher’s Paradox – Love Your Work, Episode 267

October 28, 2021

Finisher's Paradox

When Michelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling, he designed and built his own scaffolding. But, it only covered half of the ceiling. So he painted the first half of the ceiling, then removed the scaffolding. When he finally got to view his work from the floor, seventy feet below, it was as if he were seeing it with new eyes.

After two years work, he didn’t like what he saw.

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The Foundation Effect – Love Your Work, Episode 266

October 14, 2021

On October 10th, 1901 – 120 years ago, almost to the day – the grandstand was full at the horse track in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. But not to see horses. There was a parade of more than 100 of these new things called automobiles, and several other events, including races of automobiles with electric engines and with steam engines.

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Shipping is a Skill – Love Your Work, Episode 265

September 30, 2021

Leonardo da Vinci is easily the most-accomplished procrastinator who ever lived. He finished hardly any projects at all. He was great at many things, but he wasn’t great at shipping. The world would have been better off if Leonardo da Vinci had treated shipping as a skill.

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Creative Waste – Love Your Work, Episode 264

September 16, 2021


When Vincent van Gogh began his career as an artist, he had already failed at everything else. He even got fired from his own family’s business in the process.



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The Iceberg Principle – Love Your Work, Episode 263

September 02, 2021

iceberg principle1920s, London. Radclyffe Hall was pacing around her study. She wore close-cropped hair, a tweed skirt, and a man’s silk smoking jacket and tie. Her partner, Uma Troubridge, sat in a nearby chair, reading the writing of Radclyffe – or “John,” as she preferred to be called. But just as Uma’s voice wavered a bit, John grabbed the papers from her hand, and threw them in the fire. keep on reading »

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