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Slow mornings lead to deliberate days

Takeaway: As a simple experiment, try alternating between waking up with and without your phone. Observe the difference. You may be surprised by how much more calmly and deliberately you act when you don’t begin your day in the digital world. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 20s. Here’s a simple experiment: Tomorrow morning, wake up with your...

How often do you go “novelty hunting”?

Takeaway: “Novelty hunting” is my name for when we go searching for dopamine, usually in the digital world. Three factors determine the amount of dopamine this hunt releases: novelty, direct effect, and genetics. Finding novelty used to take more effort and therefore meant we had to be more creative. But the digital world has introduced a new “era of...

Podcast: The science of savoring your life

On this episode, we chat about the science of “savoring”—the process through which we enjoy our lives. Topics covered include: How “savoring” is the process of converting positive experiences into positive emotions; The productivity benefits of savoring; How savoring helps us become less anxious; The psychological and neurological benefits of...

The science (and skill) of actually enjoying your life

Takeaway: There is a science behind enjoying life. The fascinating research field of “savoring” explores the tactical ways we can better enjoy everyday experiences—which can make us more calm, focused, and productive. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 30s. In writing my most recent book, How to Calm Your Mind, I had the chance to explore the research...

How to Calm Your Mind is out NOW!

I’m so thrilled to let you know that my next book, How to Calm Your Mind, is now available wherever books are sold! Here are links to order a copy of your own! US: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Audible Canada: Indigo/Chapters, Amazon, Audible UK/International: Waterstones, Amazon, Audible The book will also be available at your local...

Podcast: The Year of Calm

On this episode, we chat about ideas from Chris’s new book, How to Calm Your Mind! Topics covered include: How a calm mind can make us significantly more productive; How anxiety shrinks our cognitive performance; What calm actually is; How anxiety is a spectrum; How presence is the key to productivity, and how to find it; The “accomplishment...

Podcast: Our New Year’s Rituals

On this episode, we chat about our favorite rituals to ring in the new year. Topics covered include: Whether we make New Year’s resolutions; The importance of reflection at New Year’s; How to think back to past accomplishments; Simple rituals to set goals for the year ahead; The productivity benefits of gratitude. Links mentioned in this episode:...

Podcast: My interview with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done

This episode was originally published on May 7, 2019. In this episode, I chat with David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done, about his book—and how we can carve out more space for having ideas. You can listen (and subscribe) to the podcast below! The post Podcast: My interview with David Allen, author of Getting Things Done appeared first on...

Podcast: Understanding burnout

On this episode, we chat about what burnout is and how to overcome it., Topics covered include: Our own experiences with burnout; The three characteristics of burnout; The stepping stones to burnout; The two types of stress we face throughout the day; Whether burnout is a primarily workplace phenomenon; The six factors of our work that contribute...

Some habits work too well

Takeaway: Sometimes a habit works so well that we stop doing it. Here’s how to stick with these habits in the long run. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 10s. Habits that require a steady investment of time, energy, attention, or willpower often fizzle out over time. A few weeks back, I wrote about how we all have dividend-paying habits we take...

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