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Success Hides Problems

Takeaway: Success can distract us from the problems that may compromise our future achievements and happiness. It can draw attention away from what needs to be fixed, provide a false sense of comfort, and lead to harmful side effects. Always be on the hunt for problems to fix—while also staying grateful (and humble), and recognizing the price of the...

10 strategies to read more books

Takeaway: Many of us want to read more but are unsure of how to do it. A handful of tactics to try: set specific times to read, create a comfortable physical environment, identify less meaningful activities and replace them with reading, read shorter books, have multiple books on-the-go, put down books you’re not enjoying, make reading a social activity,...

The power of embracing change

Takeaway: Change is inevitable and we need to learn to embrace it. Four tactics to get you started: have an awareness for change and how it interacts with your expectations, see every data point as part of a broader trend, shift your mindset to view change as the default state of the world, and meditate. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 50s. Podcast...

10 interviews to make you more productive

On this week’s podcast, my cohost Ardyn and I cover the biggest lessons we’ve learned from our experiments for the podcast, as well as our favorite nuggets of wisdom from the guests we’ve had on the show so far. Just in case you’re curious to dig into them, here are the 10 favorite interviews we’ve conducted to date—I’ve bolded what you’ll get...

Want to become happier? Get moving!

Takeaway: Kelly McGonigal’s latest book, The Joy of Movement, is an ode to the value that movement can bring to our lives. Kelly shares how exercise of any kind and for any length of time can help us not only feel physically healthier, but also more connected with ourselves and our communities. She says that group movement is almost always better than...

10 productivity books that let you earn back time

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 24s. It’s pretty skimmable, though. Podcast Length: 29 minutes, 30s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). The Amazon links below are affiliate links—I get a cut of sales. I’ll be donating what I make to the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The best productivity books more than...

Yes, you have permission to be lazy right now

Takeaway: Idleness, when practiced properly, can actually make you more productive and creative. Podcast Length: 22 minutes, 56s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). Today I wrote a piece for CNBC.com on how it’s okay to be a bit lazy right now. Of course, not all of us have the luxury of being lazy during a pandemic. But regardless...

Flexibility as a Source of Inner Calm

Takeaway: Henry Emmons’ book, The Chemistry of Calm, is a practical and tactical deep dive into what makes us anxious and what helps us find calm. In our interview, Henry talks about how flexibility and acceptance—with ourselves and with the world around us—can help us find calm in these stressful times. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 26s. Podcast...

The 7 Triggers of Procrastination

Takeaway: We procrastinate when a task is boring, frustrating, difficult, ambiguous, unstructured, or lacking in personal meaning or intrinsic rewards. By reversing these triggers—a few suggestions for how to do this are below—we can overpower our urge to procrastinate. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 41s. Podcast Length: 23 minutes, 24s (link to...

5 ways to find calm right now

Takeaway: Calm is elusive right now. 5 ways to find it: become engaged with something every day, spend more time in the analog world, meditate (or journal), write down what you’re grateful for, and find something to savor every day. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 23s. Podcast Length: 19 minutes, 53s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). ...

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