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James Butler

Hi there. I'm James Butler.

I'm a doctor, spouse, and parent. I write about practical productivity for busy people.

I've spent years figuring out how to get (important) stuff done while enjoying the things that matter most in life. This is my place to share what I've figured out, and what I'm still learning.

New posts every Monday and Thursday. Exclusive members-only posts every Saturday.

Recent Posts

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My fool-proof meal prep formula to stay fed and healthy on the cheap during busy workdays

During the work week, I don’t have time to spend doing fancy meal prep. This is the step-by-step formula I use to keep myself healthy and fed, on a budget, during the week.

My fool-proof meal prep formula to stay fed and healthy on the cheap during busy workdays
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This is the Bear App alternative I use for note-taking on Windows (and my iPhone and iPad)

Bear is a polished, powerful note-taking app for Mac and iOS. Here's the replacement I finally found that runs beautifully on Windows, iPad, and iPhone.

This is the Bear App alternative I use for note-taking on Windows (and my iPhone and iPad)
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Why I stopped listening to podcasts on my commute, and what I'm doing instead

My usual morning routine used to include listening to podcasts for pretty much every moment of my commute. I felt clever, like I was reclaiming “lost” time. But I eventually recognized a problem with this approach.

Why I stopped listening to podcasts on my commute, and what I'm doing instead
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Why I chose to be a writer (instead of a YouTuber) in 2021 - on the efficiency of text over video

I’m a busy professional with a full career and family life. I created this online space in order to share what I know, and to coach and mentor those experiencing similar constraints on their time and energy. Here's why I went with written content instead of video to share my thoughts.

Why I chose to be a writer (instead of a YouTuber) in 2021 - on the efficiency of text over video
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The story behind DrJamesButler.com - and why it’s different from other productivity and self-development sites

My goal is to offer productivity advice and mentorship from a fellow worker in the trenches of being a busy professional. We're overwhelmed, but we're trying to do the right thing. Remember, done is better than perfect.

The story behind DrJamesButler.com - and why it’s different from other productivity and self-development sites
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3 steps to getting rid of writer’s block on your next article, project, report, or assignment

Writer's block can happen to all of us. If you're stuck in a loop of anxious and perfectionistic paralysis, here are three steps you can take to get your writing done.

3 steps to getting rid of writer’s block on your next article, project, report, or assignment
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Six (free and paid) tools that I use for voice recognition to stay ruthlessly efficient

Maximize your time with these six tools for voice recognition. And most of them are free, which is a nice bonus.

Six (free and paid) tools that I use for voice recognition to stay ruthlessly efficient
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How to create advanced logic loops and habit hooks when you have an unpredictable schedule

I read Charles Duhigg's excellent book, The Power of Habit, a few years ago and I enjoyed the premise of it. For me, the main problem was that my weekly schedule and day-to-day hourly commitments are rarely stable. Even my morning and evening routines look extremely different depending on the

How to create advanced logic loops and habit hooks when you have an unpredictable schedule
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My current tech stack: what I'm using to build DrJamesButler.com

I had a few false starts when deciding on which technology to use for DrJamesButler.com. Here's what I ultimately ended up using.

My current tech stack: what I'm using to build DrJamesButler.com
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How I maximize my productivity with voice recognition software

How I use voice recognition software to write more easily, reduce eyestrain, and get through my admin tasks more quickly.

How I maximize my productivity with voice recognition software
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Why work-life balance is a myth – here's what you should try to achieve instead

Work-life balance is just not possible to achieve at any given moment. You're always going to be out of whack on one side or the other, at any moment in time. Here's what to aim for instead.

Why work-life balance is a myth – here's what you should try to achieve instead