The Importance of Having Short-term Goals

We all know goals are important, especially long-term goals.  But as we focus on long-term goals, we sometimes forget the many things we must accomplish in order to reach our goals.  Goals like graduating from college, reaching $1 million dollars in net worth, losing 100 pounds, or becoming CEO of a company are long-term goals [...]


Can You Exercise Too Much?

Is there such a thing as too much exercise?  That depends on what you mean by "too much."  If you exercise so much that your body doesn't recover in time, then your body weakens and your propensity for injury increases.  But is there a point to exercising wherein the amount of exercise you do has [...]

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Vigorous Exercise Can Prolong Life Moreso Than Moderate Activity

For quite some time now, doctors recommend that people get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity each week, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity. But after a recent Australian study of over 204,000 middle-age and older adults over a six year period, researchers think that the second option is better than the first option at prolonging [...]

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My Experience With Modafinil

I am always trying to find new ways to improve myself one way or another.  One way I do that is by experimenting with nootropics, or "smart drugs."  While using the term nootropic to describe Modafinil may be disagreed upon by some nootropics community, I'm not really here to discuss semantics and terminology.  Rather, I want [...]


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 [...]

Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk on Grittiness and Persistence

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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