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    How Rewards and Punishment Change Behavior

    The old “carrot and stick” are two of the most-used tools for motivation. Yet, do we really understand how they work? Recent research has found some surprising truths about these age-old tools of human psychology. Random Rewards Classical conditioning would have us consistently reward people for a task, yet this may not be the most effective […]

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    How We Each Think About Time Differently

    Let’s face it: our brains are terrible at time. We tend to either ignore it completely, or become chronic clock-watchers. Our obsession with time leads us to spend much of our lives worrying about it. Research is revealing more about how humans perceive time, but first, a word about the nature of time itself…   […]

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    Experiment: How To Sleep Less

    If there is a “holy grail” for those obsessed by productivity and time-management, it is conquering sleep.  It is easy to think of the time spent sleeping each night as wasted time.  If only we could sleep less without any ill-effects!   You’ve probably tried going without sleep once or twice and know what a […]

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    Mindhacks to Increase Happiness using Science

    Much of the latest psychological research is yielding surprising, even counter-intuitive insights into how the mind works (which is why we have wonderful books like Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational). A common thread underlying much of this research is that the mind can be easily “tricked.” This has led to new fields, like neuromarketing, but also a variety […]

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    Is Sleeping 6 Hours per Night a Good Idea?

    I’ve written a lot about sleep optimization, from falling asleep in 2 minutes to waking up without alarm clocks. I must admit to a dirty little secret, though: I belong to the group of people who does not need much sleep to begin with. For me, 6 hours feels great and 7 hours is too […]

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    Scarcity and Deadlines: The Secret of Productivity?

    A “deadline” is a scary word. It comes from an imaginary line in the ground in civil war prisons, the crossing of which would lead to death. Sometimes the dead line was not even marked; it was just an arbitrary point at which the guards would fire and kill a presumed prison-breaking inmate. Today, deadlines […]

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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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    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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