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The Best Articles in Productivity

The most useful articles and videos in Productivity from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Productivity Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Productivity by Refind users in 2023 so far.

  1. Scientists finally know why we get distracted — and how we can stay on track
  2. The science of motivation: how to get and stay motivated
  3. Why Micro Habits Are Better Than Typical Habits
  4. How to conquer digital distractions
  5. We all can reach a "flow state." Here's how.

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Long Articles

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Thought Leaders

We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in Productivity, including:

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Mark Manson

3x #1 NYTimes bestselling author. Best known for F-Bombs and uncomfortable truths. Giving life advice that doesn't suck since 2008.

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Derek Sivers

See http://sive.rs for all about me. Newest book “HOW TO LIVE: 27 conflicting answers and one weird conclusion” at http://sive.rs/h

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Tim Ferriss

Author of 5 #1 NYT/WSJ bestsellers, early-stage investor (http://angel.co/tim), Tim Ferriss Show podcast (900M+ downloads), founder of http://saiseifoundation.org

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Leo Babauta

Creator of Zen Habits. Training in uncertainty. Zen student, vegan, dad, husband.

Publications

We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Productivity, including:

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Ness Labs

The learning community for ambitious knowledge workers. Join us to think better, learn faster, and work happier: http://nesslabs.com/membership 🧠✨

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LifeHack

LifeHack helps busy people get the most out of their lives in the shortest amount of time, through actionable, step-by-step systems that multiply results.

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Nir Eyal

Bestselling author of "Hooked" and "Indistractable"

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Ryan Holiday

Author of The Obstacle Is The Way, Stillness Is The Key, Ego Is The Enemy @DailyStoic Order my new book Discipline is Destiny at http://dailystoic.com/discipline

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Leo Babauta

Creator of Zen Habits. Training in uncertainty. Zen student, vegan, dad, husband.

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