How to Set Up Your Workspace for Maximum Productivity

Crime novelist Dame Agatha Christie once wrote, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” But for most of us, getting started is the hardest thing. It is not uncommon for some people to observe a “ritual” before commencing the day’s activities. Perhaps a quick workout, an hour of meditation or just a cup of [...]

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The Importance of Play for Adults

Somewhere along the way when we grew up, we stopped playing.  Playing was an important element of mental, physical, and emotional maturity growing up, whether it be playing kickball, randomly hanging on the monkey bars, or a game of hide-and-seek.  But as we grew older, we played less.  Play is focal to childhood brain development and teach [...]

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Self Disicpline is a Better Indicator of Success than IQ

Much has been said and lauded about IQ (intelligence quotient).  It has been the standard by which society measures raw intelligence and a metric used to determine future success.  But what if the metric is flawed?  What if the metric is only half of the picture of success?  That's what psychologist Angela Duckworth thinks.  Her research is [...]

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The Ideal Way to Set Up Your Standing Desk

Standing desks are pretty chic right now. Instead of using ergonomic design to make for a more comfortable sitting arrangement, more people are opting to standing during work. Of course there are a lot of reasons for this change in workforce habit: more calories burned, increased strength in postural muscles, decreased neck/back pain, decreased risk [...]

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The Optimal Way to Get Work Done at Coffee Shops

I found this pretty neat infographic the other day.  The infographic shows the ideal way to work at coffee shops.  Working at coffee shops is becoming more of a common things nowadays with soloprenuers and people working remotely for their employers.  Working at a coffee shop provides ambient noise and human interaction that makes it ideal [...]


Interesting Facts About Your Habits

Many of the things you do on a daily basis is based on habit.  From brushing your teeth and showering when you first get up to eating right after you get home, these actions are largely automatic.  These habits make your life easier because it saves your brain from having to decide what to do every single [...]

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The Habit Loop: The Concept That Explains How Habits Form

In Charles Duhigg's book, The Power of Habit, the idea of the habit loop was a quintessential part of the narrative.  The idea of the habit loop is that every habit is made up of three essential parts, the cue (or trigger), the routine, and the reward.  For me, the idea led to a simplified [...]

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Top 10 Learning Techniques: Ranking From Best to Worst

School is for learning.  But ironically, one of the things that people don’t really learn to do well in school was to learn.  We are taught rote memorization and told to absorb it for arbitrary tests without being taught how to effectively absorb the material.  And it seems as the methods we were actually taught [...]

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