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I like to work and that’s fine. I appreciate that in Christian history, in Eden, before things went pearshaped, when everything was still perfect, people worked.

Lately I enjoy a workflow which lets me breeze through sixteen tasks in the same time it’d take my 20-yo self to check his e-mail. I like that. I like being the guy who gets done what he says he’ll get done and fast. I like that about you too.

Fittingly, one of the most fascinating articles I’ve read in the last five years is Fortune’s How I Work series, which prompts executives from Google to Starbucks to describe their work habits.

Tomorrow’s episode is my rejected submission. Not for nothing, it’s also the longest I’ve worked on any episode so far.

Motivating Questions

  1. What is your work ethic?
  2. What hardware and software are essential?

Recommended Reading

  1. How I Work: Coffee Shops
  2. Teacher of the Year: Lil Wayne
  3. How I Work.” Fortune

BTW: I’m on an island called Catalina right now, very nearly married, so I have invited Scott Elias, who shares my fixation on work habits and flow, along to handle the commentary.

I'm Dan and this is my blog. I'm a former high school math teacher and current head of teaching at Desmos. He / him. More here.


  1. Dan,

    Thanks a milion for that link to those great stories. You have me intrigued to read tomorrow.

    Just thought I would let your other readers know that they should check out the pull down menu for the other features of the Fortune site. I especially like the “You Do What?” section. The bubble gum blower is a good read.

  2. To be an anal SOB, there was no work in Eden. It came after the snake and fruit affair. The consequence of having to leave Eden where everything was provided…Now they would have to work and provide for themselves.

    Also, it’s not Christian history. It’s Christian myth (and yes, I’m speaking as a Christian :D)