The Goal Of Habits Are Practices

When starting a new habit, it is fundamental to make things as easy as possible by removing any friction, creating systems, and modifying your surroundings to make the habitual action as easy as possible. For example, when building my running habit last year, putting on my shoes and going out the door wasn't easy. So, following expert advice, I started leaving my shoes close to the door and preparing my running gear the night before....

Keystone Habits

When starting to build new habits we must not fall for the trap of going all in all at once. It is OK to be super excited and motivated to improve yourself but if you don't manage your energy correctly you'll burn your fuel too quickly and homeostasis—our natural condition to resist change—will kick in throwing us back to the starting line but with an empty tank. We know it is better to start small....

My Morning Ritual

My friends know that I'm passionate about coffee to the point of obsession. It's not that I have a caffeine addiction so powerful that I can’t get by without my daily cup of joe. If burnt Starbucks-like coffee is the only option, I'd rather go a day without any coffee at all. I like coffee because it's a nice hobby and part of my morning ritual since I was in middle school....

Less TV

A few days ago I read this viral Tweet: "Fox News did to our parents what they thought video games would do to us." It hits an interesting point that highlights the widening gap between generations. Replace Fox News with TV and videogames with the Internet, and the gap becomes apparent: “TV did to our parents what they thought the Internet would do to us” If in the past televised news were one of the main and most reliable sources of news to stay up to date in a rapidly changing world; now they're all but a source of entertainment....

Work Hard Rest Hard

Today my new puppy reminded me of a great quote by Naval: "Forty-hour workweeks are a relic of the Industrial Age. Knowledge workers function like athletes — train and sprint*, then rest and reassess"* At just over 8 weeks old, Astra is a mini Australian shepherd that knows more about productivity and focus than your average Joe. Her schedule consists of short sprints—60 to 90 minutes—of really hard and focused work: she runs like crazy chewing and biting everything on her path....

Days Off

Days off are OK. Don't believe the advice that you must never miss a day. We're not tireless and soulless machines. Healthy habits are a long-term project. Errors are expected. Striving for perfection will only lead to frustration. So, unless you're training for a specific goal that requires the extra effort—like a marathon or an ultra—it's OK to take time off and recharge. This doesn’t mean that you get to slack off and be a couch potato for a full day....

Goalless Goals

If you’re like me you have struggled with your objectives in the past. You’ve tried a thousand different things —apps, books, spreadsheets— all to end up feeling a failure, unable to make progress towards what matters to you. The same with productivity. We do all sorts of tricks just to “feel busy” and build a mental image about ourselves. But, let me tell you, 90 percent of that busy time is wasted....

Stay Home How to stick to your routine during lockdown

The coronavirus pandemic has brought unprecedented change to many of us. What once was a dream—that of working from home whenever we pleased—has turned into a nightmare of sorts. All over the Internet people are complaining that they are eating all their supplies and will be fatter by the time the quarantine ends. Netflix usage has gone through the roof to the point that the EU government has asked the company to lower the quality of the streams to reduce the strain on the networks....