How to Be Productive: The 5 Essential Habits

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
– Bruce Lee

It’s easy to forget that time is a finite resource. Most stuff you mess up can be corrected down the line but a wasted day will never come back.

That’s why being productive is so hugely important. It allows you to make the most of the present moment while freeing up more time for you to spend on doing what you love.

So how do you do it? That’s what I asked productivity expert Michael Sliwinski. He came through with some really awesome advice in the form of five essential habits. Take it away, Michael! :) [Read more...]

How to Have Self-Control: 5 Science-Based Ways to Rock-Solid Willpower

how to have self-controlIn the late 60’s and early 70’s Professor of psychology Walter Mischel and his colleagues did a series of studies on self-control in children with a simple but effective test (1).

What the researchers did was present a preschooler with a plate of yummy stuff such as marshmallows.

The child was then told that the researcher had to leave the room for a couple of minutes. Before they left they gave the child a simple instruction:

”You can either wait until I come back and you’ll get two marshmallows or if you can’t wait you can ring a bell and I will come back immediately, but then you’ll only be allowed one marshmallow”.

This classic experiment has been replicated many times over and watching the kids struggling with the temptation is quite entertaining. :) [Read more...]

The Power of Belief: How Expectations Determine Your Performance

According to the Roman poet Ovid, the sculptor Pygmalion could look at a piece of marble and see the sculpture trapped inside of it.

In particular, Pygmalion had a vision of his ideal, the zenith of all his hopes and desires – a woman named Galatea.

One day, he began to chisel the marble, crafting it to his vision. When he was finished, he stepped back and looked at his work. It was beautiful.

Galatea was more than just a woman: The statue represented every hope, every dream, every possibility, very meaning – beauty itself.

Inevitably, Pygmalion fell in love.

Now, Pygmalion was no fool. He was not in love with a stone woman; he was in love with the possibility of his ideal coming to life.

So he asked the goddess of love, Venus, if she would grant him one wish and make his ideal a reality. And so she did, at least according to the myth (1). [Read more...]

How to Write a Journal: The Powerful Habit to Greater Happiness, Health & Brainpower

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.- E.L. Doctorow

how to write a journal

Snooki’s quill pen (?)

Aretha Franklin, Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Andy Warhol, Leonardo Da Vinci, Harry S. Truman, Marcus Aurelius, George Bernard Shaw, Maya Angelou and Snooki all kept journals.

But you don’t have to be creative, politician, scientist or a professional wrestler for this practice to be worthwhile.

Regularly putting your thoughts and experiences into writing has some tremendous benefits regardless of what you do.

How so? Let me show you. :) [Read more...]

Change Your Mindset: Shift Your Worldview & Transform Your Life Forever

change your mindsetSome birds and animals, such as western scrub jays and squirrels, cache their food and dig it up later, which means they have to memorize their hiding places. Otherwise, this would be a pretty useless strategy. :)

When researchers studied the brains of these animals they found something interesting.

The part of the brain called the hippocampus (which plays important roles in memory and spatial navigation) was much larger in these species compared to animals who don’t hide their grub.

These findings gave neuroscientist Eleanor Maguire of University College in London the idea to study London cab drivers.

To earn their licenses, these cab drivers spend three to four years in training, driving around the city on mopeds and memorizing a labyrinth of 25,000 streets within a 10 kilometer radius of Charing Cross train station, as well as thousands of tourist attractions and hot spots.

Maguire wondered if it was possible that London cab drivers also had a larger-than-average hippocampus. [Read more...]