Emergency Superpower Mode

One of the recurring themes between the Asian Efficiency team this year has been the idea of balance vs going “all out”.

We’ve found that most people prefer balance – work hard, take breaks when you need to, and maintain some semblance of a life. But there are also times when you need to go at it – hard. This is when there’s a looming deadline or high-pressure stakes involved, or you’ve realized that certain things just need to be done because they’re dragging on too long. Often, there’s a sense of “if we don’t get it done, bad things are going to happen”.

For these times, you need what we call Emergency Superpower Mode. And here’s the simple 4-step process for accessing it. Read More


How do I stay on top of OmniFocus projects when I’m waiting for someone else?

How do I stay on top of OmniFocus projects when I'm waiting for someone else?

One under-utilized aspect of OmniFocus is that it can help you keep track of who you need to follow up with. Most people use OmniFocus to organize tasks and then check things off as they complete them. That’s great but you’re really missing out on a powerful utility of OmniFocus – especially when you’re delegating […]

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7 Tech Tips for Your iPad to Be Insanely Productive


After my recent post on how I ditched my laptop and went iPad-only I’ve received a lot of emails requesting more tips and tricks for the iPad. You ask, I write. So I came up with a list of 7 handy tips that will make you more productive on the iPad.

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Switching Up Your Tasks

Switching Up Tasks

Having to work on the same, repetitive, boring and mundane tasks day-in-day-out is painful. In fact, it’s dull, it isn’t productive and it makes you want to poke your eyes out with chopsticks. But there’s one simple thing that we can do about it: switch up our tasks.

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Top 10 Most Common Productivity Blockers


Most people don’t realize that there are three aspects to progress. You can make progress by going faster – that’s productivity. You can make progress my improving the system – that’s efficiency. And you can make progress by removing obstacles and roadblocks in your way – and that’s what we’re going to cover in this […]

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Going iPad-only: How to do it with the right apps and accessories


If you have been thinking about of going iPad-only or making your iPad your main computer – you’re not alone. I’ve been going through similar thoughts and for a few weeks I’ve been experimenting with going iPad-only. I’ll be going over my experience with using the iPad as my main workstation and how you can […]

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Productivity, Travel and Business Podcast with Charles Ngo [Audio]

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Charles Ngo on Productivity

Hey everyone, A couple of years ago we recorded a podcast in Asia with a friend of ours who is also a big productivity nerd. We totally forgot that we recorded this until one day I was cleaning up my hard drive and I didn’t recognize an audio file. Lo and behold, it was the […]

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