• Meditation

    Using Meditation to Train Focus and Improve Productivity

    This post is a part of the 10 Steps to Nonstop Accomplishment series. If you like the tips in this post, check out the other posts in the series for maximum accomplishment, energy, and motivation.   Meditation, or more generally a “practice of mindfulness,” has slowly come to the forefront of common advice given in every field […]

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  • Data and the Self

    Tiny Data is Hugely Powerful (and Easy to Obtain)

    Tiny data is the reason I made this blog. What is tiny data, and why is N=1 so powerful? Read on to find out… Odds are, you’ve probably heard of “big data” by now, the means by which companies and governments are collecting massive amounts of data on… everything. One of the key insights of the […]

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  • My First Trial

    What Does Yoga do to Stress Levels?

    If you’re like me, you’ve heard lots of chatter about all the benefits of things like exercise, yoga and meditation. There have been studies linking exercise to decreased stress, and of course any practitioner of meditation/mindfulness will be happy to tell you about the benefits of a regular practice. Still, all of these supposed benefits […]

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    What is a Lifeflow?

    This post is a part of the 10 Steps to Nonstop Accomplishment series. If you like the tips in this post, check out the other posts in the series for maximum accomplishment, energy, and motivation.   A “lifeflow” is like a workflow, except it applies to every aspect of life. It leverages synergy and the […]

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  • The (Un)Lost Generation?

    Dear my generation: What gives? Where did all the love go? Are we too pragmatic, too jaded? Or are we more aware of the real workings of the world? How can we possibly reconcile the romantic tales still embodied in our media but absent from our lives? Are we broken, is our culture broken, or […]

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  • Experiment: Happiness, Part 1: Happiness and Productivity

    This is part one of my series of experiments on happiness using Track your Happiness, a “scientific research project that aims to use modern technology” to help you understand what makes you happy. It is the project of doctoral candidate Matt Killingsworth at Harvard University. During the course of many weeks the system polled me […]

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  • Key Signature Calculation

    Research: What is Music, Really, Anyways?

    Do you remember band class? Maybe it was just a flute or recorder, or maybe you were forced to study an instrument for a few years in middle school. Maybe you even picked up a thing or two from these classes, but how about now?   For me, music felt like a lost potential – […]

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  • Mind Control

    Building Focus

    I’ve received a few requests for this post, so here it is: my approach to focus. It is not an end-all be-all solution for everybody, but rather a look at the key underlying ways you can keep yourself moving towards a task. The tricks here should work well for anybody, but some may need to […]

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  • The Formula For Success

    I’m not here to hawk any self-help products, yet like many book writers I will make the bold claim that I know the formula to success… and it is simple. Surprisingly simple — and widely overlooked or ignored.       I’m not saying that this formula will make you rich. I’m not saying it […]

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