Ep 130 | Love Your Work with David Kadavy

April 28th, 2020 · 38 mins 2 secs

About this Episode

David Kadavy, author and podcast host, joins us to explore ways we can design our work-life and productivity during quarantine and get the most out of our creative energy.

David Kadavy is a writer who helps creatives get more out of their energy. He’s author of two books, The Heart to Start and Design for Hackers, and host of the Love Your Work podcast. His third book, Mind Management, Not Time Management debuts in the fall of 2020.

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In this episode, you’ll enjoy:

  • David's journey to becoming a writer and figuring out where in the world he gets his best work done

  • How the concept of "loss aversion" helped David sell most of his posessions and move from Chicago to Columbia and make space for the future

  • How designing his life to include a "behavior shaping contraint," living in South America, allowed David to stop living by his to-do list and pay closer attention to his energy

  • How Episode 136 of David's podcast "Love Your Work," where he explores The Art of Staying In and how it applies to quarantine

  • Our relationship with time and how it's actually more productive to save our time for less productive activities

  • Trevor Noah meme

  • Spark Joy Episode 128 Book Review: Joy at Work, Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein

  • What to do next when we DON'T love of work

  • The guest that we happen to be bringing on Spark Joy next week that inspired David's productivity

David's favorite time management tip:

  • Have a weekly review on Sunday afternoon and set alarms for appointments on your phone while keeping it on silent for the week

What sparks joy for David:

  • David's hammock

To connect with David, you can find him at kadavy.net and on Twitter and Instagram at @kadavy

With so many people working from home, writing is an even more important skill. David shares 14 tools he uses to hone his focus and quadruple his writing output. Download it here.

"It hurts twice as much for us to get rid of something as it does feel good for us to get something."

"It is about not so much having the time to do something, but having the energy to do something."

"What mood do I need to be in to get this thing done?"

"One of the nice things about quarantine is it takes away some of that FOMO a little bit."

"When you save time, keep it!"

"What discomfort are you willing to endure to have some future sparking of joy?"

"When you have a place for things, then all the natural creative state that you experience as a human has space to flourish."

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