Have you forgotten how to read books?

We need to relearn how to read books in the digital age. Online reading is a different experience than physical print. For one, the digital experience is stickier because of its dopamine-hitting bells and whistles. We are constantly shifting between articles, apps, and text messages, hijacked by the latest gaze of entertainment. It’s the equivalent […]

Rediscover this day: The Grand Central Astronaut

One of my favorite features on Google Photos is ‘Rediscover This Day.’ It’ll crawl through your image library and collate a series of images from the same day years ago. The feature isn’t new; Timehop popularized the retrospective social media feature years ago. However, Facebook and Google Photos were able to scale it. So what […]

Life on fast-forward

The internet complicates what it means to be productive. We trap ourselves in email and unlimited social media browsing. We eat lunch at our desks to justify your busyness when “we should go for a walk, to the coffee shop, just to get away. Even Victorian factories had some kind of rest breaks,” says workplace […]

Habituate the fear 

Anxiety is both a contagious and fearful gift. However, more emphasis gets placed on its negative influence rather than its impetus for greatness By overcompensating for our fears, rehearsing actions that vitiate it, we preempt the tremors with the feeling of habit. Making art is an anxiety reducer, as is doing the dishes, running, or […]

One page at a time

Reading a book, preferably a physical one, is a good way to get your attention back. The problem in reading on smartphones is distractibility. You’re a notification away from checking Instagram, email, or a text. If you’re going to read on a digital device, make it a Kindle. Its lack of functionality — just try […]

The 100% Rule

Half-ass efforts produce half-ass results. The same goes for 99 percent effort. If you don’t commit 100 percent to whatever it is–quitting smoking, writing a book, taking photography seriously–it’s going to fall to the wayside. “99 per cent is a b*tch. 100 per cent is a breeze.” Jack Canfield, The Success Principles What do you […]

Derek Sivers on disconnecting

“If you asked people in 1989 what they needed to make their life better, it was unlikely that they would have said a decentralized network of information nodes that are linked using hypertext.” Here we are — addicted to this thing called the Internet. According to CNN, info fatigue is killing us. Why do we […]

How colored noise helps you focus and relax

Color can also be used to describe sounds. Here’s how our brain processes white, pink, and brown colored noises: White noise has both high intensity and frequency. It’s the best to listen to while studying. Pink noise has a lower frequency. It’s recommended to listen to this sound while relaxing. It’s also shown to increase […]

This Is Your Brain on Rhythm

 Adam Gazzaley, a superstar neurologist on why we need focus:  “It allows us to interact with the world through our goals and not be led by or be a slave to our environment. It has allowed us to do every remarkable achievement — creation of society, culture, language. They are all dependent on being able to focus […]

Why headphones are a staple of the private working world

Headphones are primarily an isolated experience. We wear headphones to rock out, zone out, kick back, meditate, and to signal focus (I’m working!) even when we’re listening to nothing. Headphones intend to block out the world around us. The ubiquitous white iPod headphones and Dre’s Beats are a staple of a private world. We want […]

Mindfulness gets its share of attention

“What’s work, what’s not work, it’s all become blurred.” Sure has, we’re always on, always working, especially if your phone is also your work phone. You’re a touch away from answering an email. “Not only do I put fewer things on my to-list but I actually get them done and done well. It’s like I’ve […]

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