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Forrest Gump running

For a long time, I hated running. In fact, I’m not even sure if I even like running now or if I’m just addicted to it. Maybe I still hate it, but that’s besides the point–it makes me feel awesome. I got bored of lifting weights about 8 weeks ago and decided to start trying to run: the one type of exercise […]

 

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Pomodoro Technique

I discovered the Pomodoro technique when I was studying for finals last year, and since finding it I’ve come to realize that it has had the single biggest impact on my productivity of all the different time management systems I’ve used. It’s very simple, easy to use, and can be done almost indefinitely because of how it […]

 

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increase willpower mileage

This is part three of willpower week. Here’s part one on what willpower is and why it’s the most important mental resource, and here’s part two on how to get more willpower. Now that we know what willpower is and how to get more of it, how do we manage it? Just as someone with $100m in […]

 

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strengthen your willpower

The more that I learn about willpower, the more I become convinced that it is the one resources that best determines success. A University of Pennsylvania study on Perseverance and Passion for Long Term Goals, which they referred to as “grit” but which can also be dubbed willpower, was shown to be the single most important indicator […]

 

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willpower

“Late at night have you experienced a vision of the person you might become, the work you could accomplish, the realized being you were meant to be? Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t pain, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.” This chilling quote is from […]

 

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quitting coffee

Quitting coffee is not easy. Its regular consumption is alive and well in our society where the average office worker drinks a bit over 3 cups a day, over 50% of people have coffee in the morning, and hundreds of millions of cups of are drank daily in the U.S. alone. I can’t get through a city […]

 

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Binge to increase willpower

Last Saturday I ate no less than 8,000 calories; many of them from soft serve, funnel cake, and breakfast pastries. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of Tim Ferriss’s books, and I’ve been following the diet from The 4-Hour Body for a little while now. What’s great about the diet is that an integral part of […]

 

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meditation habit

This one has been at the back of my mind for a while. There are innumerable resources showing why meditation is beneficial: Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management, AmSci, the list goes on. The principle reason meditation is so beneficial to health and productivity is that it forces you to exercise your ability to resist urges and […]

 

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