Productivity Bookshelf: What Does it Mean to Be More Productive?

By Art Carden
What does it mean to "think bigger"?

Flickr: Mike Rohde

Welcome to the first in a series of posts on my Productivity Bookshelf. Over the next few weeks, months, and maybe years, I’ll be offering a weekly post based on one of my favorite books about personal productivity.

We are going to work our way through these very slowly. You might get a tad impatient, but trust me: this is going to be worthwhile. You have a very large project–be more effective, however you choose to define it–that we are going to break into teensy-tiny sub-projects you can do every week. Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok call their blog Marginal Revolution, and they discuss “small steps toward a better world.” In this space, we are going to take “small steps toward a better [whatever you want to improve],” as maudlin and cliched as that might sound. I look forward to seeing how this is going to go.

Perhaps you’re thinking “I don’t have time for this! I have a dissertation to write/class to teach/job to do!” I beseech you: stick with us and be patient with what you’ve read so far. This is an investment. That dissertation, that class, that job will be better when we’re finished. I guarantee it.

On Friday, we will dive into my favorite book in this genre: Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More by my friend and collaborator Jason Womack. Before we dive into the text, here are a couple of questions to answer in the comments:

1. What does it mean to “work smarter”?

2. What does it mean to “think bigger”?

3. What does it mean to “make more”?


There’s still time to apply for our Summer Webinar Series on this very topic!

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Art Carden is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute, a Senior Fellow with the Beacon Center of Tennessee, and a regular contributor to Forbes.comLearnLiberty, EconLog, and Kosmos.