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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maximize your time with these six tools for voice recognition. And most of them are free, which is a nice bonus.
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
I had a few false starts when deciding on which technology to use for DrJamesButler.com. Here's what I ultimately ended up using.
How I use voice recognition software to write more easily, reduce eyestrain, and get through my admin tasks more quickly.
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.
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