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Have you ever struggled to get work done in a noisy and chaotic environment like the airport or a busy cafe? Or, despite your best efforts, found it really difficult to get any momentum going on a difficult project?

Not only can the right music drown out the noise around you, the right song at the right time can help achieve a state of effortless productivity, also called “flow”.

Real life example: I was making some of the edits to this email. I was feeling stuck and wondering where I would get my motivation from. Well I started playing some…

Earlier this month we finally hit CircleCI’s generous 1500 minute per month build time limit.

As the founder of a bootstrapped startup (see Focuster) I’m super grateful for CircleCI over the years because it has been a great build service and they were very generous with their limits.

But every new expense feels like a punch to face.

We recently migrated Focuster’s infrastructure over to Google’s Kubernetes service (GKE) recently and I noticed they had their own build service, Cloud Build (GCB).

Though it wasn’t as comprehensive in many ways, it had some clear advantages for me at this point.

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There’s been lot of attention lately on daily and morning rituals and how that relates to entrepreneurial and professional success. A key component of that is setting priorities for the day and scheduling those priorities in your calendar. This can be time consuming with traditional tools. Thankfully, Focuster helps automate this process.

Focuster is a productivity app that turns your todo list into a schedule in your calendar and keeps it up to date, automatically. It gives you smart reminders so you make more consistent progress on your highest priorities.

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Why do we often say before making an important decision, “Just let me sleep on it”?

It turns out this is more than just a popular idiom — actually catching some zzzz’s before making a decision helps us make better decisions.

Decision fatigue is just what it sounds like — the feeling of exhaustion and overwhelm that comes from making too many decisions.

But it doesn’t just wear you down. It also weakens your willpower and self-control, the ability to focus and be productive, and the ability to make wise choices.

(Yes, the effects of decision fatigue are very similar…

I ran across an interesting fact the other day: Most of us can only stay focused on any one task for just 8 seconds, or the same amount of time a skilled cowboy can stay on a bucking bronco.

This fact was hard for me to believe at first but then I started thinking about how often I lose my focus. Like a bucking bronco, everyday distractions try to throw you off course. …

Jordan Baker

Founder @–get 10x more done with an auto-scheduled to-do list

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