Hello members and followers of Praxis.

This is a quick message to let you know that after nearly 4 wonderful years, we’re leaving the Medium platform. It’s been an honor and a pleasure writing for you all, but it’s time for the next phase of our evolution as we grow beyond what Medium is designed for.

You can read about why (and how) we’re making the transition in my (last!) article, Why I’m Leaving Medium (13m).

If you subscribe on the new site by April 29, you’ll get a 30-day free trial, AND be grandfathered in forever at the legacy rate of $5 per month (or $50 per year). …

I’ve been writing on Medium for three and a half years.

In that time, I’ve written somewhere north of 100,000 words, in more than 50 long-form essays, read by many tens of thousands of people. I’m a “Top Writer” in two of the most popular categories on the site — Productivity and Reading — and have more than 8,000 followers between my personal profile and my publication. Praxis is a paywalled publication generating almost $2,000 in recurring monthly revenue from 400+ subscribers.

I don’t think there’s anyone more invested in the success of Medium than I am. And over the next week I’ll be taking my writing and my audience to a new Wordpress blog. …

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There have been 3 Eras of Productivity in modern times, each defined by a seminal book:

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The Values-First Era at the dawn of corporate America told us that character was the most important thing. If you were a virtuous person, living according to principles and high ideals, you’d be successful. But then the cutthroat corporate culture of the 1980’s set in, and everyone realized they had to look out for their own interests.

The Goals-First Era came next, proclaiming that we should have clear goals to help focus our efforts. No one was going to give us a handout, so we had to ruthlessly drive toward the outcomes we wanted to happen. But goals too lost their luster. As the new millennium began and the uncertainty in the world spun seemingly out of control, we started looking for a process to follow. …

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4 | PART 5 | PART 6

In P.A.R.A Part I, I argued that the Project List was the lynchpin of modern productivity, serving as a dashboard of your current commitments and the bridge between actionable and reference systems.

But formulating a Project List is also one of the most difficult exercises for most people to complete. And I’m not the only one to notice. David Allen has written:

“One of the most bizarre phenomena I have encountered in 30 years of working closely with some of the brightest and busiest people in the world is how difficult it is for most to grasp the idea of what a “project” is and to consistently manage their total inventory of same. …

I recently finished listening to the audiobook of Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek, by Manu Saadia. It was probably the most fun I’ve ever had thinking about economics, due to the outstanding premise:

What if we treated the Star Trek universe as if it was real, and used it to draw economic lessons about post-scarcity?

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By Manu Saadia

The model rests upon one glaring, unavoidable fact of the Star Trek economy: there is no money. There are a few mentions of “exchanging credits” in the TV series, but they all prove to be metaphors, throwback rituals, or jokes. No money means no salaries, no revenue, and no profit. …

I’ve published an ebook of my best tweetstorms from 2016 and 2017, when I was most actively using the format. It’s free from April 6–10 ($5 after that). You can view the Amazon page and download here:

Foreword from the book

I first started using Twitter in the spring of 2012, fresh off the plane from Ukraine, where I served for two years in the Peace Corps. My first job in San Francisco was for a coworking space that also hosted events and classes. …

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Here are the step-by-step instructions for the Anti-Book Club for easy reference. And so you can run your own Anti-Book Club if you want. I’ll update this article with future improvements as I discover them.

The Premise

Start by reading my original article introducing the concept and why it’s important. Here’s a short version:

  • Books contain valuable ideas, but are too long, boring, and diluted with extraneous information
  • We need a way for different people to read different books, and then share the key points with each other
  • Progressive summarization provides a way to do so in a format that provides enough context for it to make sense and be…

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After I quit my job in June of 2013, some of my very first projects were small consulting gigs. From designing a website for a friend for $50, to helping a local business figure out their social media accounts. These projects gave me some runway to get on my feet and start thinking seriously about what it would take to run a business of my own.

Starting out by offering a service gave me the flexibility, experience, and income I needed to later build products. My early clients paid for the learning that eventually made its way into blog posts, courses, and ebooks. Those products now give me the credibility to charge $15–20k on average for a two-day corporate training. …

On March 7th our Head of Ops Benjamin Mosior facilitated a virtual workshop on Wardley Mapping, a value-chain mapping technique that has taken the strategy world by storm in recent years.

First developed by Simon Wardley to navigate the emerging cloud computing industry, it's now exploded into dozens of different industries and applications. Here is Simon’s Medium publication where he’s publishing a book on the subject chapter by chapter, and here’s an interview he did with Venkatesh Rao on “mapping the internal and external realities of organizations.” …


Tiago Forte

Founder of productivity consultancy/training firm Forte Labs (fortelabs.co), editor of members-only publication Praxis (praxis.fortelabs.co)

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