Merlin Mann's productivity talk at IDEO

Productivity guy Merlin Mann did a great presentation for IDEO, a great design shop. He talks about how to regulate the technological systems in your life, and how to get the people around you to play along. I spend a lot of time with overheads -- answering emails, organizing stuff, following up -- and Merlin's ideas on this stuff are really smart. Link (Thanks, Avi!)

See also:
Rule the Web show: Merlin Mann, Wednesday, July 18, 5pm Pacific
Hilarious productivity speech from Merlin Mann
Merlin Mann on "email bankruptcy"
Merlin Mann's 43 Folders podcast
Merlin Mann and David Allen podcast
Merlin Mann of 43 Folders interview
Boing Boing Boing podcast 008: Merlin Mann
Merlin Mann's decluttering roundup
Merlin's tips and tricks
How to filter out press releases from your email
Suit-productivity tips for nerds roundup concluded


  1. Have been looking for exactly this…sorting out the technological communications and productivity side of your life.

    Thanks Cory!

  2. And the #1 productivity tip… video is tied for second-to-last place among all communications media available to humankind, when it comes to information carried per unit of time. The only thing I can think of that loses out to it is Morse code.

    So why is a ‘productivity guru’ appearing on a video clip with no transcript? If I had time for this, I wouldn’t need to listen to the guru in the first place.

    /pet peeve

  3. I saw Merlin give a productivity talk that centered on his idea “inbox zero”, where we strive to keep an empty inbox at all times by using one of a few simple actions against every email that makes it to the inbox. The actions are “do, defer, delete, respond, delegate”.

    I’m living inbox zero since I saw the talk and have never been happier about my inbox and day to day productivity.

  4. Merlin was like really interesting? The only problem I had? Was that even though he was making a lot of sense? He kind of ended every sentence? In a question mark?

    Maybe I am just old, and from the east coast originally, but the Valspeak was very hard ignore.

    I am tempted to order his book though, so thanks for the link.

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