What if you could learn ONE skill that would massively improve the quality of almost everything you do? That includes any assignment, paper or set of notes you write for school, any article or blog post you publish online or off, every important email you send, any research project or portfolio you create, any job interview or presentation you prepare for... all that and … [Read more...] about How to Use Attention to Detail to Improve the Quality of Everything You Build and Make
This post covers how to sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed and energized in the morning. Sleep quality is extremely important and - I think - an often overlooked key to good productivity, energy levels and mental performance. Lack of quality sleep/sleep in general will put you in a bad mood, make you stressed, decrease your ability to focus and concentrate, make it … [Read more...] about How to Sleep Better and Wake Up Feeling Refreshed, Energized & Well-Rested in the Morning
My current morning routine takes approximately one hour, from waking up to being out the door. My phone is on airplane mode for the entire time and I don’t turn the data on until after the entire routine is done. This is very important for keeping a clear head in the morning and throughout the day. The WORST thing in the world to wake up to is a torrent of messages, emails, … [Read more...] about My Current Morning Routine (What’s yours?)
Have trouble falling asleep at night? Want to learn how to fall asleep fast? This is a step-by-step process I discovered through trial and error as I was struggling to fall asleep each night. I wrote about it briefly before in a post about how to fix your sleep schedule. My sleep schedule was at one point so messed up that I was waking up in the early evening and falling … [Read more...] about How to Fall Asleep Fast in 5 Simple Steps
Here's a simple trick to turn chores into something actually enjoyable, and that will also cultivate the virtues of both discipline and mindfulness. You can use this when doing chores like: Laundry Washing dishes Cleaning or sweeping Cooking or making salad Shaving or brushing your teeth Making a green juice Generally we see these chores as a hassle … [Read more...] about One Simple Technique to Make Boring Chores the Best Part of Your Day
I've always been interested in the daily schedules, routines, and habits that make people successful. Although I have a good system for planning out my days, I'm always looking to add to and improve this area of my life. This lead me to reading a book called Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (Amazon). The author of this book, Mason Currey, began by writing a blog that … [Read more...] about Do Daily Rituals (and Caffeine) Make Us Win at Life?
This is a simple system for tracking expenses that I learned from a good friend of mine. All you need is two things: A spreadsheet (I use Google sheets but Excel works fine too) A small amount of discipline to do it each day Why track your expenses? Before I started tracking expenses, I would sort of guess how much money I was spending and where it was going. I thought my … [Read more...] about A Simple and Easy Way to Track Your Spending
I have been using this "system" to plan out my days for about the last two years. It has resulted in: Increased productivity Increased output in all major areas of my life Much, much better time management Elimination of days where I get little/nothing done I don't claim any kind of superiority for my way of planning, rather I wanted to share what I've done so … [Read more...] about How to Plan Out Your Days for Success
Do you sleep through half the day and wish you didn't? Do you try to wake up earlier, but can't stick with it? Do you want a healthier sleep schedule? This post is for you. If you've been trying for a while to fix your sleep schedule and haven't managed to yet, you might be handicapping yourself and not even know it. In this intro post on how to fix your sleep schedule I … [Read more...] about Are These 2 Limiting Beliefs Ruining Your Sleep Schedule?
This is a common problem for a lot of young guys, and one that I have experienced to probably the fullest extent possible. All through high school and the first two years of university I was constantly sleep deprived due to my messed up sleep schedule. Almost every night I would stay up to 2, 3, or 4 in the morning, usually due to browsing the internet. At the very worst … [Read more...] about How to Fix Your Sleep Schedule (Overview/Short Version)
I've written before about why you should start a gratitude journal. It's going to be beneficial no matter how you do it, but here are some extra ways to increase the value you get from the practice. 1. Journal 1-2 times a week If you write in a gratitude journal too frequently, then it will become routine. If you don't do it often enough, then it won't have any effect. … [Read more...] about 6 Tips for an Effective Gratitude Journal
I originally got the idea to start keeping a gratitude journal from my friend Nic Gregoriades. Nic is pretty captivating when speaking about his experiences and he shares a lot of good ideas. Writing in a gratitude journal 1-3 times a week brings about a genuine sense of calm appreciation for everyday life. You start to see that many of the things you can't change are actually … [Read more...] about 4 Reasons Why You Should Start a Gratitude Journal
When you are trying to become a better person, there are always things you need to do that you don't want to. It might be conquering a fear, trying to form a new habit while breaking an old one, or getting out of your comfort zone in some other way. Maybe it's going to the gym to lift weights, a chore like cooking or cleaning, meditating, or waking up at a certain time you're … [Read more...] about 2 Mental Tricks to Force Yourself to Do Something You Don’t Want to Do