"Slowing down creates the space for your productivity habits to become more mindful."
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Hey, I’m Fernando Gros.

So much of what you are currently doing is better than you think it is. Many of your ideas are more interesting than your family, friends and work colleagues give you credit for. One day, you’ll look back on the previous year or so of your life and realise it created some your most precious memories.

I’m interested in how we integrate information with lived experience and turn that into wisdom we can use to live well.

Often, that involves balancing our creativity with productivity.

My writing covers a range of topics like culture, travel, art, technology, and education. I’m interested in the ways we can be more adaptable and artful, while leading simple lives where we aren’t overwhelmed by technology and can get through our lives in satisfying ways.

My most popular short articles are The Worst Question You Can Ask, The Noguchi Filing System, and Does Coffee Make You More Creative? If you want to read some long-form essays, I recommend Working From Home,Making A Blogging Template in Scrivener 3.0, and Why I Went Back To Paper Planning.

If you’d like to dive a little deeper, you could take a look at a series I wrote on creativity and mental health, or my experiments in minimalism, called ‘This Week I Quit.’

Or, if you just want to browse your way through all my writing, you can find everything here.

I hope the articles here help you be gentler and more open with yourself and to the world around you.

They draw from a wide range of fields, cognitive science, cultural studies, economics, history, philosophy, and social studies.

By simplifying our lives we can understand better and become more creative and productive. Our world needs this because so many of the problems we face are hard and need creativity, and so many of us have important things to say and we need to find ways to say them.

A few more things,

Vulnerability is the gateway to authenticity.

I have few regrets but I wish I’d discovered pilates sooner.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing friends and loved ones succeed.

I took all my toys apart to see how they worked.

And remember, don’t put big things on top of little things.

I currently live in London. Before that I lived in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Delhi, Sydney, and Santiago.

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No Missing Tools: Creativity in an age of abundance
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