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Friday, May 15, 2020

Why it's great to write blog posts

In fact: I believe that writing blog posts can be super valuable for pretty much everyone. Of course you will potentially help, inform or inspire others with your content. But you definitely also benefit personally from writing blog posts in many different ways. With this post I’m therefore hoping to at least inform you about why you should pick up writing blog posts.

Friday, May 8, 2020

You’re Not Lazy — Self-Isolation is Utterly Exhausting

I’m the perfect case study for why self-isolation based on societal demand makes all the difference between thriving vs. surviving.

68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice

It’s my birthday. I’m 68. I feel like pulling up a rocking chair and dispensing advice to the young ‘uns. Here are 68 pithy bits of unsolicited advice which I offer as my birthday present to all of you.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

What Will Our New Normal Feel Like? Hints Are Beginning to Emerge

Fear of others may linger long after the pandemic is over. But so may a new sense of community.

Are we too busy to enjoy life?

We are scared of idleness because stopping would mean having to really consider what we want out of life and what we currently have. Sometimes, the gap feels so wide, we’d rather stay on the hamster wheel.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Why Do We Even Listen to New Music?

Our brains reward us for seeking out what we already know. So why should we reach to listen to something we don’t?

Monday, Apr 27, 2020

New effort vs Old effort

Part of the challenge of a worldwide shift is that all of us have to engage in new effort that we’re not used to. It’s nothing we asked for, and the old effort disappearing doesn’t feel like much of a benefit. But, if new effort is required, we have the chance to do what we’ve always done, which is figure out what works and to commit to it.

Monday, Apr 20, 2020

Time Is Meaningless Now

We are not currently plunged into darkness—in a cave with no natural light—nor are we stripped of our phones or watches. But many people are feeling, with social distancing and the world grinding to a halt, that time has similarly started to lose its meaning. Monday, Saturday, Wednesday; 10 AM, 4 PM, midnight—who knows what day or time it is?

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2020

Cal Newport on Surviving Screens and Social Media in Isolation

A computer scientist on why the quality of your quarantine may come down to how you use your technology.

Monday, Apr 13, 2020

Working From Your Childhood Bedroom

For some millennials, sheltering in place means moving home to their parents’ house.

Monday, Apr 6, 2020

Will the coronavirus solidify our shrinking human contact needs?

The coronavirus, in forcing a swath of humanity to shelter in place for weeks on end, may very well accelerate that digital sequestration and seal us more deeply in the glow of our screen-enabled confines.

From Houseparty to Zoom: our digital lives in lockdown

The lockdown across the world has led people to desperately seek out new tools for maintaining their work and social lives online. But UK technology editor Alex Hern argues he’s been living this way for years.

Friday, Apr 3, 2020

Coronavirus Is a Preview of Our Self-Isolating Future

It feels, in some ways, like a dress rehearsal for a future that was already on its way — one in which more and more of us self-isolate voluntarily, interacting with the outside world only from behind screens.

Monday, Mar 30, 2020

Long Commutes Destroy Happiness, Research Shows. Here's What to Do About Them

First, it will surprise no one to learn that “commuting to work” ranks among people’s least favorite activities, as evidenced by this study led by economist Daniel Kahneman. What is surprising, though, is that a long commute can ruin people’s enjoyment of both their jobs and their lives, as found in this study by Swiss economists Alois Stutzer and Bruno S. Frey.

Friday, Mar 20, 2020

Do whatever you can't stop thinking about

The basic idea of personal energy management is that you should focus on increasing your personal energy and lifting up your mood in your leisure time, instead of working on things that drain your personal energy. Hobbies should lift your mood, not drain you. This makes you better perform all the other tasks.

Thursday, Mar 19, 2020

Tips for the Depressed

The stupidest, most exasperating piece of advice commonly offered to suffering people is also the truest and most comforting.

Monday, Mar 16, 2020

100 Little Ideas

Alist of ideas, in no particular order and from different fields, that help explain how the world works.

Friday, Mar 13, 2020

Customers hate tipping before they’re served – and asking makes them less likely to return

Imagine you’re in line at a coffee shop. You order your usual cappuccino and swipe your credit card to pay. Then the cashier swivels a little screen that prompts you for a tip – before the espresso shot is pulled or a drop of milk steamed. Do you tip more, perhaps hoping that it will lead to a better drink? Or less or none at all, peeved at being asked to reward service that hasn’t happened yet?

Thursday, Mar 5, 2020

Boredom is but a window to a sunny day beyond the gloom

What, exactly, is boredom? It is a deeply unpleasant state of unmet arousal: we are aroused rather than despondent, but, for one or more reasons, our arousal cannot be met or directed. These reasons can be internal – often a lack of imagination, motivation or concentration – or external, such as an absence of environmental stimuli or opportunities. We want to do something engaging, but find ourselves unable to do so and, more than that, are frustrated by the rising awareness of this inability.

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020

Early Riser or Night Owl? New Study May Help to Explain the Difference

Some people are early risers, wide awake at the crack of dawn. Others are night owls who can’t seem to get to bed until well after midnight and prefer to sleep in. Why is this?