Posts by David

About David

I am currently an associate editor at St. Martin's Press, where I acquire and edit nonfiction books. Growing up in Manhattan, I attended Stuyvesant High School, and then earned my B.A. in theater from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. I've worked in theater, publishing, and new media since then. In addition to the Moldawer in the Morning Podcast, I co-host the Kick-Ass Mystic Ninjas, a podcast about classic science fiction books, television shows, and movies. I live in Manhattan with my wife, artist and educator Samantha Hahn, and my dog, Pita the Pit Bull.

Jan 16, 2008

The Grain of Salt

If you read productivity blogs and self-help books regularly, you’ve probably gotten something useful out of them. Maybe you’ve gotten rid of some bad habits, or organized your desk (and kept it that way). Maybe you lost weight, or quit smoking, or developed a better relationship with your spouse. On the other hand, you’ve almost […]

Jan 11, 2008

The Lightning Bolt

It happens all the time. You start with the best of intentions. You’ve implemented your new productivity system or habit, you have a clear, manageable set of tasks, a strong goal, all the motivation in the world. Then, the lightning bolt. Suddenly, your energy and willpower drains out of your body. You slump forward, a […]

Jan 8, 2008

Don’t Play Office, Just Play

In his excellent book, Everything is Miscellaneous, David Weinberger quotes Socrates, who suggested we “carve nature at its joints.” In other words, when categorizing, we should look for natural distinctions to make before inventing our own. When I first became interested in productivity, I tried simplifying my life with a better system. I tried to […]

Jan 2, 2008

A One Bucket System: The Ultimate Productivity Heresy

First of all, a very Happy New Year to all of you LifeClever readers. I’ve been a pretty faithful GTD adherent for several years now. Barring project lists, which have never seemed worth the effort to maintain, I’ve stuck to David Allen’s guidelines no matter what combination of calendar, task list, and capture system I […]

Dec 20, 2007

A Modest Proposal: Learn a New Skill This Holiday

I don’t look back on classes or homework or tests with misty-eyed nostalgia. (Actually, I try not to think about school at all, if possible.) But some of my fondest memories are of learning. The perfect mental engagement of figuring out how something works or how to do something new comes more and more infrequently […]

Dec 13, 2007

How to Achieve Laser Focus and Sustained Flow

Productivity bloggers place a lot of emphasis on granularity. According to accepted wisdom, if a task squats on your list for a while, you probably haven’t sliced and diced it enough. Solution: Start carving until you’re left with a “next action” that you can effortlessly knock off in 10 minutes flat. But some tasks simply […]

Dec 10, 2007

How to See the Future with Netvibes

Let’s review the basics: Events go on your calendar. Tasks go on your to-do list. These two tools are the Batman and Boy Wonder of nitty-gritty productivity, but what about the long view? Visualizing the Big Picture In the world of publishing, we divide each year into three seasons: Winter (January through April), Spring/Summer (May […]

Dec 5, 2007

Cull Your Task List Ruthlessly

I came to a realization yesterday. It’s something I’d understood on one level or another for a long time, but this was the first time I’d articulated in a way that really sank in: I create new tasks faster than I could ever accomplish them. Coming to this realization gave me a tremendous sense of […]

Dec 4, 2007

Forge Ten Great Habits for the New Year (But Start Today, and Stop Calling Them Habits!)

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be inundated with TV news segments, magazine articles, and (yes) blog posts about New Year’s Resolutions. Usually, these resolutions take a negative approach: break your smoking habit, stop eating sweets, quit being so lazy and unmotivated and get to the gym already. Ugh. Usually, “resolutions” are just an excuse […]

Nov 30, 2007

Memory Zero: Go Bags

The inestimable Merlin Mann runs a series of posts on 43 Folders called Inbox Zero, intended to impart “the skills, tools, and attitude needed to empty your email inbox”and then keep it that way.” It’s been a great series so far (my own inbox is nearly empty at this minute, for instance). In a similar […]

Nov 28, 2007

Two Methods to Maximize Creativity

If you’re a LifeClever reader, you’re probably working (or studying to work) in a creative field. And you know that creative work is hard work. It’s exhausting. In fact, doing your non-creative work can feel like a welcome break after spending all day just trying to think of stuff. Being a book editor, blogger, and […]

Nov 26, 2007

The Amazing Pocket Tickler System

Hi, everyone. David Moldawer here, book editor and podcaster and your new co-blogger on LifeClever. Very happy and excited to join Chanpory here on this most excellent blog. On LifeClever, I’ll discuss everything from my favorite stationery items to my most elegant productivity hacks. I’m a fervent Mac user, but I also use a PC […]

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