Welcome to the Forte Labs Newsletter!
This is where I (Tiago) send out my very best content on enhancing your productivity and effectiveness straight to your inbox. I also occasionally share what I'm learning in my work at Forte Labs.
What you WON'T be receiving from me
First I'll tell you what you WON'T be receiving from me: the same old superficial "tips and tricks" on how to be more productive at work. If you're looking for more than the same tired advice endlessly recycled, you've come to the right place.
What I believe
I believe in human-centered work – the possibility of work as profound self-expression full of learning, wonder, and enjoyment. I don't believe that productivity is just a way of mindlessly checking more boxes. It is a means of creating more value in the world, for yourself and others.
What I'll send you
I'll send you articles I've written or curated exploring topics like productivity, learning, habit formation, personal effectiveness, design, and self-awareness.
By exploring new ideas and experimenting with new ways of thinking, we'll uncover a whole new level of professional performance based on fundamental principles.
I have to warn you that I don't stick to any kind of schedule. Sometimes you'll hear from me a few times in a week, and other times nothing at all for a month. I only email you when I have something valuable to share.
My Top 10 All-Time Most Popular Articles
To hold you over until the next email, I wanted to share my top 10 all-time most popular articles. These should give you an idea of the kinds of topics I write about:
1. One-Touch to Inbox Zero
A step-by-step guide to streamlining your email workflow, which will save you hours every week and consistently take you to "inbox zero."
2. The Rise of the Full-Stack Freelancer
My prediction for the future of jobs, including a "portfolio approach" of multiple income streams instead of one paycheck.
3. The Secret Power of ‘Read It Later’ Apps
My best advice for how to use "Read Later" apps like Pocket and Instapaper as critical tools in your reading and learning.
4. How to Use Evernote for Your Creative Workflow
An essay on the power of digital note-taking for productivity, learning, and effectiveness, including practical techniques for how to effectively organize and use your notes.
5. Building a Second Brain: An Overview
A summary and overview of my online course Building a Second Brain, in which I teach people how to use digital notes as a "second brain" that remembers everything.
6. The Throughput of Learning
A metaphysical journey through the mysteries of flow, and how it ties together old-school manufacturing and modern knowledge work.
7. Progressive Summarization: A Practical Technique for Designing Discoverable Notes
A guide to Progressive Summarization, a method I've developed for systematically distilling the things you read into nuggets of actionable wisdom.
8. The PARA Method: A Universal System for Organizing Digital Information
A guide to the PARA Method, a method for organizing your digital life across all the platforms you use, and using your files to consistently reach your goals.
9. Theory of Constraints 101: Applying the Principles of Flow to Knowledge Work
My 11-part guide to the Theory of Constraints, a powerful framework for understanding and improving any kind of system (from your to do list all the way to large companies)
10. The Digital Productivity Pyramid
The model I've developed for professional development for the modern knowledge worker, each skill and tool building on the one before.
Thank you for joining, and stay tuned for lots more to come!