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How To!

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What if Dear Abby was an investigative reporter? Each week on How To!, Amanda Ripley (bestselling author of High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, The Unthinkable, and The Smartest Kids in the World) takes on listeners’ toughest problems and, with the help of experts, finds the answer… read more


How To Never Miss a Deadline

Avalon is driven, creative, and… can’t meet a deadline to save her life. In her defense, she’s a card-carrying member of the gig economy, juggling a complicated schedule as a DJ and visual artist. Avalon’s tried to organize her life using a bullet journal, but procrastination keeps getting in the way of her career pursuits. On this episode of How To!, the second in a two-part series on time management, we talk to Christopher Cox, author of The Deadline Effect: How To Work Like It’s the Last Minute Before the Last Minute. He explains why concrete deadlines, the shorter the better, can actually help Avalon’s creativity. And he gives all of us tips on how to set the perfect deadline—and never miss it.

If you liked this episode, check out the first in our series: “How To Ditch Your Distractions Once and For All.”

Do you have a problem you’re focused on? Send us a note at or leave us a voicemail at 646-495-4001 and we might have you on the show.

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