How I Work

Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman on overcoming procrastination and how to trick yourself into a flow state

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Oliver Burkeman is a Guardian writer based in New York. He writes the weekly psychology-based column This Column Will Change Your Life. He is also the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking. In this interview, we cover: - Oliver’s tips for parenting in the age of COVID - Oliver’s personal method for time management - How Oliver decides which projects to prioritise - Oliver’s personal Kanban system to planning his time - How to overcome procrastination using self-talk - Strategies for overcoming writer’s block - How Oliver trick’s his brain into getting into flow - How Oliver find’s new ideas for his columns every single week - Oliver’s go-to sources for inspiration and information Get Oliver’s book The Antidote, follow him on Twitter @oliverburkeman, and check out Oliver’s column for The Guardian. Visit for full show notes from all episodes.   Get in touch at [email protected]   If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at  

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