In this podcast, I explain eight productivity tips that I use every day to create the work that you enjoy from me. They include how to prepare for a day’s work the night before, how to approach a work session, how to minimize distractions, and how to handle excessive noise in your environment. These tips all seem like common sense to me now, but there was a time that I didn’t use any of them and experienced less concentration and efficiency as a result.

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  1. Vytautas Noreika January 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Roosh, why did you stop writing posts/articles and opted for podcasts and videos?

    1. Roosh January 11, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      I’m working on my new book. I have no leftover energy for writing, only audio/video.

      1. Cecil J January 12, 2017 at 2:49 am

        What’s the book going to be about?

      2. Roosh January 12, 2017 at 3:16 pm

        It’s my last game book. Bang is 10 years old and it’s time for a big update.

      3. anon1 January 12, 2017 at 10:52 pm


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      5. StarD January 18, 2017 at 5:44 am

        lmao didnt see that 1 coming

  2. OneTwoFive January 11, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    You should distill them in short text form and then send the reader to the podcast to get the details.

    1. Roosh January 11, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      The show notes has the article which the podcast is based on.

      Most of my videos/podcasts are extensions of my writing, not necessarily new content.

  3. Roosh January 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    See above comment: “Most of my videos/podcasts are extensions of my writing, not necessarily new content.”

    My ideas usually start in written form, and then I may convert it to audio/visual with a refreshed perspective.

  4. San Martin January 21, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I do many of the same things you do, with a few variations.

    1) I read a portion of Ryan Holiday’s book “The Obstacle is the Way” (which I do not recommend, for reasons too complicated to address here) in which he talks about playing a single song on continuous loop as a noise barrier/focus device that he used while writing his book.

    I have trouble concentrating on work when people are talking around me, so I decided to give this a try.

    I don’t know what “song” he listens to, but I realized that I could never listen to a “song” over and over again. I recalled that I had read of studies that showed that learning was enhanced in subjects listening to baroque music during study. I wasn’t sure what baroque music was, but I knew it was some variant of classical, so I decided to try it with a selection from a set of 100 mp3 classical pieces I had bought for 99 cents from Amazon a while back.

    It worked quite well as a noise/distraction barrier in numerous environments, including coffee shops. Sometimes I listen to it at home too, on the theory that, in addition to any cognitive enhancement effect, as I develop the habit of working to it I can elicit the work response from my brain by playing this music.

    I currently listen to a piece called Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067, Badinerie by J.S. Bach. I don’t necessarily like this piece a lot, but it is unobjectionable, and certainly much preferable to the “music” they play in coffee houses, and the distracting background chatter one encounters there.

    2) When I was in college, I discovered that when I sat in one of those study carrels of the sort that often used to be assigned to graduate students, it was quite effective at blocking out visual distractions and helped to diminish the impact of associated aural distractions (if you hear something, but don’t see it with your peripheral vision, you’re less likely to be distracted by it).

    Now I try to replicate a similar elimination of visual distractions as much as possible in whatever working environnment I find myself in. I frequently go a junior college library near here I live to work. This library has study carrels, but they are not the full height version like those my old university library had back when I was in school, so I choose a desk that faces a wall instead.

    The elimination of peripheral visual stimuli is tiring, however, in a way that the use of baroque music is not, so I sometimes will sit in an area that has windows that admit natural light and afford a view of the sky.

    On balance, my experience is that the use of aural masking with baroque music in a public environment seems to be more effective in creating a sustainable productive environment. I can sit for two or three hours in a coffee shop using earbuds to listen to baroque music to mask distracting noise and be productive on very detail oriented tasks that take high concentration. Recently I used this technique to complete a couple of continuing education courses in engineering that involved learning some basic web programming, while sitting in a coffee shop for a couple of three hour sessions.

    I have also experimented with wearing a baseball cap while working in coffee shops, and pulling the bill down to help block my field of vision. This, combined with strategic seat selection, when possible, helps to eliminate visual distractions. Unsurprisingly, the most common and intrusive of these is when some bangable female enters the place, and/or sits within my field of vision.

    But I have found that the combination of listening to baroque music with my baseball cap pulled down to block my field of vision establishes a work cocoon that enables me to sit in a Starbucks and work my way through the most of complicated of tasks, literally for hours, while scantily dressed women clomp in and out in heels chattering to each other and ordering frapuccinos as an excuse to parade their assets before the assembled hungry male population ensconced there.

  5. miseshayekrothbard February 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Really useful stuff. i struggle a lot with productivity. Maybe scheduling things would help