The latest book from Luc P. Beaudoin is out: Cognitive Productivity with macOS: 7 Principles for Getting Smarter with Knowledge, available on Leanpub, the iBookstore and Amazon.

Luc is the co-founder of CogSci Apps (creator of mySleepButton), founder of CogZest, and most importantly, a Cognitive Scientist who specializes in Mac and iOS-based productivity. So he’s got credentials. You may even have heard my chat with him on Systematic.

If you’re a fan of this blog, or a listener of shows like Systematic, Mac Power Users, or any of the Mac shows with a productivity focus, this book will be for you. While it certainly has appeal to the academic side of knowledge gathering and consumption, it breaks the processes down in a way that will help anyone working to organize their information. By focusing on key principles in the areas of knowledge gathering, organizing, assessment, and mastery. It includes great info and tips for using Mac apps like OmniFocus and OmniOutliner, Anki, Timing, Leap and Yep, working with plain text and Markdown, and great tips for working in Finder and keeping projects and knowledge organized and accessible.

Luc has a 2-second rule that says any information you use frequently should be accessible on your Mac within two seconds. It’s a rule I clearly love, as I’ve dedicated a good part of my adult life to making it happen for myself. I’ve learned a lot from reading through Luc’s tips surrounding the 2-second rule, and I can’t imagine there’s anybody who wouldn’t walk away with at least 5 new ideas.

Cognitive Productivity with MacOS is currently listed on the iBookstore and there’s a Kindle Version available, but if you purchase directly through Leanpub using coupon brettterpstra2018, you can get a 20% discount on PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and Kindle versions all at once (plus free updates if the book is changed or added to). I highly recommend taking the time! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn fees when linking to and affiliated sites.