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 ...

Self-Help Reviews: Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles

(I read a ridiculous number of books. Most of them – in fact, all of them, as I grow older – were picked because I thought I could benefit from them in some way. The closest I’ve gotten to true “pleasure” reading is Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, which, by the way, is one ...

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 ...

Roots

Lately I’ve been having motivation problems. For me, at least, these kinds of issues can be fairly invisible. They continue, unnoticed, until it occurs to me on day that I haven’t worked on a project I really care about in months. Maybe even years. Time has a way of creeping up on you. In my ...

Newer posts
Older posts