Learn The System, Game The System: Using Heuristics In Your Everyday Life

I am fascinated by heuristics. A Heuristic, to put it simply (and incorrectly, if you’re being technical about things), is a rule of thumb. It’s a generalized principle you can quickly apply to a problem that will, more often than not, give you a desirable outcome. “Lefty-Loosey, Righty-Tighty” is probably the king of all heuristics. ...

How To Turn Your Smart Phone Into A Second Brain

(This article is part 3 of our productivity series, On Productivity Systems That Are Not Fucking Awful. Be sure to check out part 1 and part 2 if you missed them.) I’m going to be honest: I need a second brain. I’m not sure if this can be blamed on my “artistic personality” – who ...

The Return To Ritual, Part 1: Why We Need Rituals, And Why We’ve Lost Them

First, I want to present you with some information. In several, large-scale studies over the past decade or so, religious observance has been linked, again and again, with better health outcomes and quality of life. The Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences came out with a study examining almost 4,000 North Carolina residents aged 64 to ...

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