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The magic of a fresh start

One of the biggest obstacles to sticking with a habit change, a new system, a goal, or a long-term project … is that we get disrupted.

The magic of a fresh start
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New Year: the beautiful minimalism of a blank slate

We have a new year upon us, and while "January 1" is just an arbitrary date, for most of us, it feels like a new beginning. And there's something beautifully minimalist about this new beginning — it's a blank slate, where we can do anything, imagine possibilities, become a new person.

New Year: the beautiful minimalism of a blank slate
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Essential meaningful productivity

I don’t care about being efficient and productive to be a better person, to get more done, to be more awesome. Cranking out more stuff for productivity’s sake doesn’t interest me anymore (it used to). Today, I care about productivity only as it affects my mission. I’

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How to train yourself to stay focused

These days, it’s a common problem: switching between browser tabs and apps on your phone, checking social media and messages and email, thinking about the million things you have to do but putting them off … Anything but staying focused on one task at a time. And it’s hard

How to train yourself to stay focused
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A case against optimizing your life

A case against optimizing your life
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The most important two minutes in your life

Two minutes here and there rarely matter very much over a day, a week, a lifetime. But there are two minutes you could spend, right now, that would have a significant impact on your life. I’ll save you the suspense: it’s two-minute meditation. And it’s straightforward: take

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The practice of letting go

There are several times when our mind clings to something tightly, and it is rarely helpful: I am right, the other person is wrongThat person is living their life in the wrong way, they should changeMy preference is the best way, others are wrongThis is the thing I want, I

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Pairing down your life

Pairing down your life
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Smile

We should all smile more often, in general. Just the simple act of smiling or laughing can make you happier. But even better: smile at a stranger. Too often, we brush past strangers without a glance or a straight or scowling face. At best, we might give people a tolerant

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A method to find balance

Despite the insipid title of this post, work-life balance is a bit of a myth. Sure, we work too much, don’t have time for all the other things we want to do, are always tired, eat convenience food or comfort food rather than nutritious or nourishing food, never have