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 […]