Writations

Recently, I realized 99% of the things I create are ultimately the result of me writing words in one form or another. It’d be cool to say I’m a coder, Youtuber or entrepreneur, but I’m not. I’m a writer. I do alright with WordPress, Mailchimp, HTML, and all the other tech stuff, but I only ever master these to the point where they enable me to package the words the way they need to be packaged.

I’ve decided to embrace this fact and to remember it, I’m dubbing my projects “Writations” from now on.

Writings + Creations = Writations!

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Weekly Writations

Quora: I’m answering at least one question per day. Two land in the newsletter: the one I’m most proud of and the one that’s gotten the best feedback. To see all of them, you can follow me there.

The Blog: I’ll publish a new article every week. Sometimes it’ll be a very long guide, sometimes just a short article about whatever I’m interested in. No rules. The sky’s the limit.

Four Minute Books: I’ve written 365 book summaries in 2016. This is the result. For your convenience, I’ve listed them all on one page too. I’ll continue to publish a new summary every Thursday this year.

Medium: I’ll republish excerpts, articles and some of my best Quora answers there, which allows me to edit and improve what I’ve written.

Books

How To Google: My very first (e)book, which I’m still proud of today. I’m always shocked at how many questions people ask me, which I know can be solved with Google in a matter of seconds. And not just basic ones. This teaches you how to craft the perfect search through eliminating, rephrasing and inferring, then shows you all of Google’s built-in features to make searching lightning fast and lastly explains how to get incredibly focused search results by using advanced search operators. Tons of screenshots included.

3×4: After 9 months of publishing daily book summaries, I looked at the list of all summaries and which ones had been most popular among readers. The 3 that made the list were Money: Master The Game, The 4-Hour Workweek and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I created a beautifully designed book with updated versions of these summaries so you can digest the key points of these 3 all-time bestsellers in just 12 minutes. Hence, the name 3×4.

Courses

The ONE GOAL Strategy: A 1-hour, step-by-step video course to walk you through the goal-setting strategy I stole from Mark Zuckerberg. I used this to grow my email list to over 10,000 people, write 500,000 words in 2016, get Four Minute Books to 100,000+ visitors in its first year, and now to get 7,000,000+ views on Quora in 6 months.

7 Days Of Leaving Your Comfort Zone: A set of seven challenges to help you gradually step out of your comfort zone, both written and with videos of me doing the challenges alongside you. Gets more difficult with each lesson. Doesn’t require a (free) coach.me membership, but if you have one you can add it to your dashboard and track your progress.

Hack Studying: 14 Days To A Study Schedule That Works: This course will help you get organized and structure your work with 14 to-do’s spread across two weeks. Ideal for college students, but can also be used to get on top of projects at your job. Helpful for independent creatives as well. Costs $9.99, but is based on this guest post, of mine. Just adds more structure and makes it easier to follow through.

Break A Bad Habit In 30 Days: Gives you a month of daily instructions guiding you all the way through selecting a bad habit you want to break, designing your environment to make it less tempting, setting up a reward system and using feedback loops to make it through. Costs $9.99 and is based on the framework I described here.

Master Productivity: A free, 14-day email course I made to aggregate everything I’ve learned about productivity in five massive guides spanning 15,000 words. Outlines a complete end-to-end system, covering everything from setting goals, breaking them down, managing your to-do list to designing an evening and morning routine, as well as minimize distractions.

Time 2 Read: Takes you from zero to regular reader in two weeks with seven lessons, each containing a story, a principle you can use for life and an experiment you can run to get yourself on track.

Guides

The Complete Guide to Remembering What You Read: This is the first of hopefully many pieces I’m contributing to Medium’s new membership program. It’s a 10-minute, in-depth guide that takes you through the five phases of thorough retention from reading: Previewing, reading, note-taking, condensing and remembering.

How To Develop Self-Awareness: I’ve become very self-aware of my thoughts, feelings and actions over the last 5 years, in spite of not being a big meditator, which is the most commonly suggested route to develop this ability. This post lists 27 activities I found helpful in boosting your self-awareness, grouped by whether they apply to your thoughts, beliefs or actions.

How To Create A Minimal Wardrobe: This shows you how to basically wear the same outfit every day without things getting weird, smelly or anyone noticing in 3 steps.

How To Build Wealth By Being Creative: Two simple steps to building a financially sound life in the long term. Been doing it for almost three years and it’s working.

How To Bounce Back When You Fail A Habit: While building habits failure is inevitable. This shows you how to deal with setbacks like a pro would.

How To Find Your ONE GOAL & Constantly Focus On It: Six questions to help you figure out your most important goal and how to never lose sight of it. Part 1 of 5 in the productivity guide series.

How To Make Consistent Progress With One Task Per Day: One of my most popular posts about reducing your to-do list to one item. Part 2 of 5 in the productivity guide series.

How To Wake Up Early: Two simple steps you can take each evening to make sure you wake up early enough to work on your most important task the next day. Part 3 of 5 in the productivity guide series.

How To Create A Life-Changing 7-Step Morning Routine: My most popular post detailing how you can create a Miracle Morning routine based on Hal Elrod’s book. I add a 7th step to help you work on what matters. Part 4 of 5 in the productivity guide series.

How To Stop Procrastinating: A post detailing 32 small environment changes you can make to focus a lot better on your work. Deals with five categories: your own thoughts, your work environment, your phone, your computer and other people. Part 5 of 5 in the productivity guide series.

How To Increase Willpower Every Day: My most underrated post, if you ask me. Outlines a 4-step system you can use to take any habit and transform it so it helps you build more willpower each day.

How To Find Your True Calling: 4 Steps that’ll help you if you feel passion-less. I suggest you take the multipotentialite test first.

How To Break Bad Habits: The 3-step guide to go with my Break A Bad Habit In 30 Days course.

How To Be The Best In The World: Half essay, half guide on avoiding being average. Uses Seth Godin’s concept of The Dip.

How To Do More Work With Fewer Tasks: A guest post I wrote combining elements from Getting Things Done and Essentialism to help you make big leaps of progress at work.

How To Become A True Optimist: A massive guide showing you how much fake happiness is out there, what real happiness is (including a new definition of the term), why optimism is what really matters and how to go from pessimist to optimist.

How To Fix Tinder And Find Love: How to use Tinder in a new, creative way to attract people you’ll actually like and want to form a real, long-term relationship with.

How To Meet Men Or Women By Being You: Another, entirely different way of meeting the opposite sex. Really old school and straightforward, but a nice change of pace in today’s world, I think.

How To Sleep Better: 21 changes you can make to improve your sleep, focused on falling asleep faster, avoiding non-baby related interruptions and adapting to your kid’s sleep pattern.

How To Write For High Profile Websites: I’ve been a contributor to Lifehack and Elite Daily. This is how you can become a contributor to those kinds of websites too.

How To Learn Something New Every Day (And Actually Do Something With It): A guide showing you how to do something useful with the information you pick up on a daily basis.

How To Blog Consistently: Shows you how I created my daily writing habit to make sure I blog regularly.

How To Publish Like A Huge Content Creation Team: In April 2016, I shared an exact breakdown of how I built Four Minute Books on the SumoMe blog. This includes how I came up with the idea, validated it, streamlined the writing process to publish daily, as well as how I went about SEO, collecting emails and promotion. There’s a downloadable PDF too.

Resources

The Multipotentialite Test: A simple 6-question test to find out if you’re a man or woman of many passions, based on Emilie Wapnick’s definition of the term.

The Bad Habit 30 Day Checklist: Bonus PDF with all of the steps from Break A Bad Habit In 30 Days. Not as detailed as the course, but also based on the post.

The Bad Habit Breaker Quiz: Shows you which one of three ways to break a bad habit works best for you. More info here.

Comfort Zone Quotes: A list of 77 quotes literally using the phrase “comfort zone.” Comes with a convenient zip file download of all quotes in high quality.

10 Free Ways To Increase Your Willpower In 1 Minute Or Less: A set of 10 quick willpower boosters that take less than 60 seconds.

Own Your Success: An Instagram account I’ve created as part of a challenge who could grow the fastest. Made it to 1,000 followers in 10 days, then went on to 2,000 before putting this on hold. Came up with over 250 quotes, all of which you can download in one neat zip file here.

Destroy Your Inner Multitasker: A 1-hour live training I did to help people stop multitasking by learning about the science behind it and implementing some of the most important anti-procrastination changes of all the 32 ones I’ve listed in this post.

Freelancing Pros & Cons: 13 Pros and Cons of freelancing vs. a regular job.

The 31 Best Motivational Books Ever Written: A massive, 10,000+ word list I’ve created, showcasing what I believe to be the world’s most inspiring books, both fiction and non-fiction, designed as beautiful, shareable index cards. Includes a brief summary of each book, sales numbers, why it’s motivating in the first place and my favorite quote.