How to Get an Insane Amount Done Without Burning Out

These days, I’ve got my hands into a lot of cookie jars. Variety is important to me both in my work and in life, so I’m working on a wide net of personal and work projects. These range from becoming more fit, improving my listening skills, and learning to speak Spanish to volunteering my time to serve on student government and organize entrepreneurial resources at my university. Between learning to be a great husband, writer, scientist, entrepreneur, and community servant, I’ve got around a dozen projects that I spend my time on at work and at home.

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Skyrocket Your Productivity with the Pareto Principle

One of the biggest problems for productive people is finding enough time to do all the things you want to do. There are ways to mitigate the problem, like waking up earlier and planning more effectively, but those strategies can only help so much. Since we’ve already discussed some ways to be more efficient and recapture wasted time, let’s turn our attention next to weeding out activities that aren’t giving us a good return on the time we invest in them. The rule we’ll use to do that is called the Pareto Principle. Continue reading “Skyrocket Your Productivity with the Pareto Principle”

Money as a Measure of Success

There’s no denying that we worship wealth as a society. People with a high net worth and a big income get our respect, and even more, we think they deserve it because we measure success with money. And why wouldn’t we? Money is concrete. It’s easy to “size someone up” by looking at the nice things they have or the number of zeros in their investment portfolio. You can count it. You can measure it. You can see it. Continue reading “Money as a Measure of Success”

Hedonic Adaptation and Happiness

I want to walk through two visualization exercises today. The first exercise is going to be unpleasant, but I’ll ask you to bear with me through it, because the second exercise will be much more enjoyable. Try to stick with each exercise for at least a few minutes, and really put yourself into the scenario. The more vividly you can place yourself into the situation, the more powerful the exercises will be.

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Right and Again

When I was in high school, I was a percussionist in the marching band. Though I don’t play music much anymore, except for the occasional bit of piano, my role in the band was a huge part of my identity back then. I prided myself on being a good musician and leader, and I took those roles very seriously.

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