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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work

Triggering and cementing habits

The weakness of will drives our worst habits. Remove the cookies, and we’re less likely to snack on them. Refuse the cafe down the street and drink the Starbucks office Keurig pods instead. That’s $3 saved! Surroundings dictate our behavior. They are unconscious triggers for experiences. So the reverse is also true. Pack your gym […]

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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work

Do you deliver?

Consistent love, consistent work ethic, consistent timeliness.   Consistency is all people want. It is an expectation of delivery.   “Show up on time. It is the basis of everything.” Anthony Bourdain If we know you’re consistent in serving our needs, then we’ll subscribe to you. We’ll become fans, customers, etc. because we know we […]

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Business Culture

Becoming Amazon-proof

Amazon buffets the shores of brick and mortar retailers. No business is Amazon-proof. No business is sacred in the internet-era. We have to assume that everything we do today will at some point be replaced by something quicker, cheaper, and more personalized. Dumping the problems on tomorrow will get us rekt. How do we remain […]

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Culture Postaday

Why food chains are non-places 🍔🌮

Chains are the least memorable places we flock to, yet we always know they are there, clustered like neighbors amongst each other. Next to an Applebees is a Target, a Burger King, and a Starbucks. In “Dear Olive Garden, Never Change,” Helen Rosner writes: “What it means to be a non-place is the same thing […]

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History Science

In fingerprints we trust

Your fingerprints are uniquely yours. No two people have the same friction ridges, not even twins. Writes The Paris Review: “Scientists describe the basic patterns of fingerprints in terms of arches, whorls, and loops. (Seventy percent of a fingerprint is made up of loops.) Closer features include dots, lakes, islands, spurs, crossings, and bifurcations. It […]

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Productivity & Work

Put some pep in your step

If you want something done, it’s better to ask someone who’s already in motion. That, or ask someone with a sense of purpose. It’s the lull and lack of desire that puts people to sleep. Case and point are the DMV. Both the customer and employees expect slow service. The DMV has developed a reputation […]