I'm Dale, the author of Going 1099

Embrace Slow Productivity

Published 30 days ago • 1 min read

I just finished Cal Newport's new book called Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout.

Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout

Cal argues that hustle culture and the world of "pseudo-productivity" have left us de-energized and demoralized and that instead, we should adopt what he calls "slow productivity," for which he has the following defintion:

"A philosophy for organizing knowledge work efforts in a sustainable and meaningful manner, based on the following three principles:

1. Do fewer things.

2. Work at a natural pace.

3. Obsess over quality."


I recommend picking up the book for a few reasons:

  • You'll identify some of the reasons why W2 corporate life could drive you crazy. Too many e-mails, not enough time to focus on what actually get results, pressure to look busy, etc.
  • It will get you thinking about what remarkable results could look like in your line of work. In the 1099/consulting world, of course, client relationships are critical, but in terms of the technical work product, there are lots of ways to excel that clients would appreciate. In my world, that would probably involve getting better at dashboard design (making it look beautiful and functional) and clear communication.
  • You'll get "permission" to work in a way that is natural to you and not feel pressure to be an overnight success. Overnight success is mostly a myth and is built on years of consistent dedication to a craft.
  • You'll get concrete tips for actually implementing slow productivity in your work life, increasing the odds you will be successful at both getting your first 1099 gig, sustaining a 1099 lifestyle, and making it more enjoyable

It's a great book and surprisingly, deeply relevant to those of us who want to go 1099 in the federal contracting space.

If you're interested in learning how to get your first solo 1099 federal sub-contract, check out my book:

Going 1099: How to become a solo federal sub-contractor and gain control of your working life, earn more money and unlock more free time

I'm Dale, the author of Going 1099

Going 1099 is a book that teaches you how to become a solo federal sub-contractor and gain control of your working life, earn more money and unlock more free time. I wrote it because quite a few people have asked me how they can become a 1099. I figured it was best to write a single book that I can send them and that I can share with others who are interested. This newsletter goes out Monday - Friday and covers topics that will help you succeed in starting and maintaining successful 1099 career.

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