How To Stop Feeling Guilty About Not Being Productive

It’s the year 2000. Your time machine has landed you, for some odd reason, on the floor of my living room. I’m intently focused on my computer screen, trying to choose between three equally bad photos of myself. Politely neglecting to tell me that I’m wasting my time because MySpace won’t exist in a few short years anyway, […]

The Deeply Unsatisfying Secret To Success

Take a look at the amazing physical transformations below. These are before and after photos from people who have lost weight, gained muscle and completely changed their health and appearance. How did they do it? Was it a paleo diet? Did they go vegan? Was CrossFit the answer? Maybe they did yoga? The answer is […]

How Your Environment Works Against You (And How To Fight Back!)

I have a question for you. If you clicked on this post, then you probably want to be healthier or more productive. If that’s the case, what’s holding you back? Why aren’t you as healthy or productive as you want to be? (OK, that was two questions. And no, I didn’t bring you here to […]

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Buying Happiness for the Home Office Worker

This is a guest post by Joe Pawlikowski. You might not realize this, even after years away from a traditional office. Working from home builds character. When we perform meaningful work in solitude we gain greater control of our consciousness. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi spends an entire chapter discussing this concept in his bestselling book Flow. Human […]

DO NOT buy a standing desk without reading this first.

Every so often, it turns out that something we’ve all been using our whole lives is actually trying to murder us. A few years ago, it was our shoes. Someone released a study, someone else published a book and the press picked up on it and decided that wearing modern shoes is the most dangerous […]

How to build a habit (with science, not willpower)

When I was a little kid, my parents signed me up for piano lessons. The very first day, my teacher told me: “if you want to get good at this, you have to practice for 30 minutes every single day.” Every day, I would sit down at the piano, and my mom would set one […]

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What habits would you change?

We all have habits — good or bad — in many aspects of our lives: Productivity: strategically planning breaks (good), getting distracted by Twitter every five minutes (bad) Health: exercising regularly (good), eating family-size bags of Doritos regularly (bad) Happiness: active gratitude (good), active grouchiness (bad) Relationships: talking things out (good), giving your partner the […]

The Psychology Of Distractions (How To Stay Focused Online)

Back when I was in college, my roommate and I had a pact. During finals week, if one of us caught the other slacking off and not studying, we were obligated to destroy something of theirs. The pact ended after I found him playing Madden and cut his shoe in half with a kitchen knife. […]