I just launched my first book, Productivity Is For Robots, and would love for all my Medium friends to check it out!

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged by what it means to be “productive” in the new world, Productivity Is For Robots provides a roadmap for unlearning the “hustle and grind dogma” that leads to stress and burnout. Filled with lessons from history’s greatest artists, entrepreneurs, and visionaries, the book weaves together stories to show readers how to reach new levels of human connection, creativity, and flow.

From Ernest Hemingway to James Cameron, Theodore Roosevelt to Salvador Dali, J.K. Rowling to Steve Martin, the book explores how dozens of creators have produced meaningful work…

The beauty of saying no to more and yes to less

I recently said “no” to a new business opportunity. It was hard to turn down, given that I had already said “yes.” But somewhere between agreeing over the phone and waiting for the contract to arrive, I got a feeling.

Something was off. A little worm wiggling around my belly. Felt like I drank some expired milk in the sun.

I’d later lie, and say that it wasn’t personal. But the feeling came from one of the partners I’d be working with. I still can’t put my finger on it, but there was something. Something that made my Spidey-Sense tingle.

Last night Ava and I played a few hands of Gin Rummy and I was reminded of an embarrassing truth:

I can’t shuffle a deck of cards.

I don’t mean that I can’t shuffle like a casino dealer. I mean that I can’t shuffle at the level you’d expect from a small child without thumbs. Watching me try is as painful as it is amusing. I play cards with my parents and they laugh, but not without a hint of disappointment. “Maybe don’t do that in front of your friends,” my mother says lovingly.

My problem isn’t the absence of…

Zen chores and falling leaves


We weren’t sure what caused them to fall so fast and frequently. They weren’t dead. It wasn’t fall. But every night, long after dusk and far before dawn, the ficus tree dropped hundreds of green leaves onto the deck. They spread over the patio table and chairs. They stretched the length of the deck in all directions, catching between the wooden boards and piling in every corner.

Each morning they’d greet, and each morning I’d sweep.

I’d hear their rustling over my own in bed at night. “That wasn’t the wind. That was a hand shaking the tree like a…

And a new system for reading without guilt

Every year I write a post-year write-up of my favorite books and tell myself it’s going to be the last time.

One reason: these lists are everywhere. Even Barak Obama shares his every December. Most people don’t read more than a few books a year. And those who read more tend to have their own list they are trying to get to. This is why it’s such an honor when someone takes the time to read my book.

I’m also suspicious of the idea that writers are the best people to recommend books to non-writers. Writers are impressed by different…

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It feels strange to say. I almost feel guilty saying it. And I understand that not everyone will join me in unison to say it as well. But it needs to be said:

2020 was a great year.

Before you call me insensitive or out of touch, I want to acknowledge the obvious horrors of the last twelve months. The pandemic has taken 1.8 million lives worldwide. We went through a dumpster-fire election that proved how divided we are as a country. There’s massive unemployment, homelessness, and a growing gap between the haves and have nots. …

Ride the roller coaster.


“A non-writing writer is a monster courting madness.” -Franz Kafka

It’s the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and Darren Aronofksy is on stage interviewing fellow filmmaker, Clint Eastwood. He tells him, “You make it seem so easy — and for me filmmaking is pain. I’m in pain the whole time. I’m in pain writing. I’m in pain shooting, and I’m in pain editing, and I just — how do you do it?”

Eastwood lets Aronofsky’s question hang in the air before answering with his slow, signature draw, “Well, if it was that painful, I would consider myself somewhat of a masochist.”

How to increase income and freedom through accountability


If you’re a Freelancer who wants to increase income, independence, and security (the Freelancer Trifecta), then the last thing you want to do is increase “productivity.” You want to increase accountability.

Being paid based on the hours you work is the slow and certain death of the Freelancer. And no amount of “optimizing your time” will help you escape this death unless you can create more accountability between yourself and your clients.

The problem is that most people are drawn to Freelance because it promises independence. Work from anywhere! Be your own boss! Because of this, many freelancers hear the…

How to start 2021 with connection and purpose


It was two years ago when I turned a slow-paced marathon toward mental and emotional burnout into a full-blown sprint. I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. Those around me certainly did. But by the time I realized how far off the path I’d strayed, it was too late to turn around.

Between working full time, planning a wedding, and trying to write my first book, I was spread thin. And while I probably could have managed everything in my life with better systems and more “work/life balance,” the problem wasn’t in how much I was trying to do.

Because without purpose, what good is productivity?

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The celebrated psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Vikor Frankl is best known for his perennial masterpiece, Man’s Search For Meaning. But Frankl had been obsessed with the question, “What is the meaning of life?” long before he was sent to the concentration camps. He studied psychology and philosophy in his youth and even gave a speech titled On the Meaning of Life, while he was in high school. In college, he was disturbed by the spike in suicides among students when final grades were reported. …

Corey McComb

Author of ‘Productivity Is For Robots’ https://amzn.to/3 | Writing about freelance work, creativity, and human connection | https://bit.ly/corey-mccomb

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