“I would say the single most powerful technique that I have found is when you start your day, rather than checking email or or anything, start by pulling out a blank sheet of paper, whether that's literal paper or whether, like me, you use an electronic note-taking system, and just think on paper about your day. How's it going? What's up? What am I going to do today? What are my priorities and so forth?” – Jason Crawford
Jason Crawford (@jasoncrawford) is Founder and CEO of The Roots of Progress, a nonprofit dedicated to establishing a new philosophy of progress for the 21st century. He created Progress Studies for Young Scholars and is a technical consultant and adviser to Our World in Data. He previously co-founded Fieldbook and Kima Labs, and was an engineering manager at Flexport, Amazon and Groupon.
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- Research on the Gutenberg press
- Learning, planning the day, and improving sleep
- Recommended apps, including Bear, Readwise, and Anki
- Recommended books
- On success and gratitude
- Johannes Gutenberg
- Paul Graham - Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule
- Jean Moroney - Thinking Directions
- Bear App
- Scott Alexander - Astral Codex Ten
Books Recommended by Jason Crawford
- The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline