When entrepreneur Thomas Frank decided to start waking up early every morning, he invented a clever strategy to force himself out of bed.
In his work, he uses a social media app called Buffer to prepare tweets and messages to Facebook and LinkedIn ahead of time.
It’s a great tool…
If you examine bad habits closely, you’ll find that they’re almost always caused by two things: stress and boredom. Consider, for instance, the following list of common bad habits:
Your environment affects your behavior in a big way. So, if you want to change a bad habit, it’s usually a good practice to remove everything that triggers it from your environment.
But what if the trigger is internal? What if a thought, feeling, or impulse keeps initiating the behavior?
Albert Einstein once said:
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
This preference for simplicity shows in his famous equation E=MC2. Rather than settling for a complex, lengthy equation, Einstein boiled it down to its bare minimum.
And this approach is applicable well beyond scientific theories…
BJ Fogg is one of the world’s leading experts in behavior change. He has created The Fogg Behavior Model, which is a handy framework for building habits.
According to the model, a behavior happens when three elements converge at the same moment:
Cal Newport is a computer science professor and the author of several books.
He’s famous for his remarkable productivity, both as a researcher and writer.
According to Newport, you can do two types of work:
In her book, Bird by Bird, author Anne Lamott introduces the concept of “shitty first drafts”:
All good writers write them. This is how they end up with good second drafts and terrific third drafts.
Most people assume that great authors write quickly and effortlessly. …
Joseph Goldstein is one of my favorite mindfulness teachers. In one of his meditations, he explains that:
The three most important words in mindfulness meditation are “simply begin again.”
In a typical mindfulness meditation, you give the mind an object to focus on, like the breath. …
The Stoic philosopher Seneca once wrote:
It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested.