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The art of delay

You can’t make Bitcoin go up just as you can’t coax a train out of a tunnel. If you never get tired of waiting and keep the patience — even relax your tight face a bit — things tend to pan out. Try your best to delay gratification. If you have to move, do something […]

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Developing self discipline

The discipline of the chair. The discipline of the canvass. The discipline of meditation. The discipline of timeliness. The discipline of focus. Discipline is the practice of showing up and doing the work. Like a muscle, discipline strengthens with each repetition. Once it’s ingrained, it helps you start before you’re ready. So be sure to pick a […]

Today’s Pattern of Patience

The Smartphone is an answer to our own impatience. Because we’re always using our phones, sitting an extra 45 minutes at a restaurant is no problem. Yet the smartphone also raises our expectations. We expect everyone and everything to be accessible now or planned for now, not tomorrow. Smartphone culture is the simultaneous cause of […]

Get in the Queue

Everybody hates lines. But have you ever noticed that lines move faster when there’s more people? Demand increases speed and productivity. It’s the reason that the Starbucks queue moves faster with ten customers versus three. Busy employees show more urgency when multiple deliveries are on the line. For mass chains, fewer customers usually means more […]

Chances Are You Won’t Finish This Article

When people land on a story, they very rarely make it all the way down the page. A lot of people don’t even make it halfway. Even more dispiriting is the relationship between scrolling and sharing. Both at Slate and across the Web, articles that get a lot of tweets don’t necessarily get read very […]