WorkAwesome Podcast: Episode 17 – James Shelley

This week’s guest on the WorkAwesome podcast is James Shelley. James is a highly-regarded online writer, offering articles on productivity and time management — as well as attention and willpower. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

That said, James is also a storyteller and speaker. He has spoken to high school students about the challenges the world has to offer as well as looking at lifestyles choices and decisions that need to be made. These kind of musings don’t just apply to the youth of today; we all can learn from James’ work online. His work at is a great place to start.

Show Notes

  • James discusses the differences between doing productive vs. being productive.
  • What tools he uses in his workflow — and how he doesn’t use OmniFocus for everything.
  • With multiple jobs, how he makes everything “fit”.
  • How James works his craft.
  • What is the Attention Economy is.
  • …and James discusses his drink of choice, music of choice and other tools that he has in play in his daily life.

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Mike Vardy an editor on Work Awesome. We could tell you where his personal productivity parody site, Eventualism and all of his other projects reside on the web, but you'd be best served going to and following the trail of virtual bread crumbs from there.


  1. anca on the 10th August

    Wonderful exchange. James Shelley definitely has a voice and something to say. His blog is a repository of productive attention. You can hear the thought drop in each blog post. Thanks.

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