Designing The Perfect Daily Routine: The Ultimate System Harvard’s Positive Psychology Professor, Tal Ben-Shahar, believes happiness is the result of balancing meaning with pleasure. But understanding what gives us meaning and what gives us pleasure is not as easy as it sounds. In this article, I will teach you how to track everything you do and then restructure your activities in the optimal way. You will learn the best way to end procrastination and develop the right habits such as meditation, exercise, and learning so that you can grow every day. You will learn how to work diligently on that which gives you meaning and reward yourself accordingly with pleasure. Work, for example, is thought of by most people as annoying and tedious, but psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Judith LeFevre show otherwise. In their article, Optimal Experience in Work and Leisure [PDF], they show that while people say they prefer leisure over work, actually, they have more ‘flow’ and ‘peak experiences’ at work. aTime Logger 2 The Meaning Map 1. 2. 3. 4.
The Neuroscience of Decision Making In an attempt to put matter over mind, researchers are beginning to decipher what exactly is happening in our brains when we are making decisions. Our thoughts, though abstract and vaporous in form, are determined by the actions of specific neuronal circuits in our brains. The interdisciplinary field known as “decision neuroscience” is uncovering those circuits, thereby mapping thinking on a cellular level. Although still a young field, research in this area has exploded in the last decade, with findings suggesting it is possible to parse out the complexity of thinking into its individual components and decipher how they are integrated when we ponder. Recently, three experts in decision neuroscience discussed their work, describing the genesis of this cutting-edge field and why it incorporates several disciplines. DAEYEOL LEE, PhD, Department of Neurobiology and Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, Yale University School of Medicine C. C. WANG: Yes.
13 Things to Avoid When Changing Habits | Zen Habits “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” - Mark Twain Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. I’ve learned a lot about changing habits in the last 2 1/2 years, from quitting smoking to taking up running and GTD and vegetarianism and waking early and all that. I’ve not only learned a lot about what you should do when changing habits, but through my failures, I’ve learned about what not to do. And trust me, I’ve had lots of failures. I’ve found failures to be just as important as successes when trying to learn how to improve, especially when it comes to changing habits. I’ve done that, with one failure after another, and would like to share a few things I’ve learned to avoid when trying to change a habit. “Motivation is what gets you started. Taking on two or more habits at once. “We are what we repeatedly do. —If you liked this article, please share it on del.icio.us, StumbleUpon or Digg.
Sami pozbyli się dobytku. Wolą "być" niż "mieć" - Najważniejsze informacje - Informacje - portal TVN24.pl - 22.03 Minimaliści. Ludzie nieposiadający. Albo posiadający inaczej. Pozbyli się niepotrzebnych rzeczy. Ci ortodoksyjni mówią, że mają ich mniej niż 100. - Nie wykonałem żadnego drastycznego ruchu, że od razu wziąłem moje rzeczy i wyrzuciłem 90 proc., tylko powolutku, powolutku... pewne zmiany, takie jak zmiana mieszkania na mniejsze były już naturalną rzeczą, bo juz miałem tak mało rzeczy, że naprawdę nie potrzebowałem większego mieszkania - mówi. Tak naprawdę do szczęścia, żeby być szczęśliwym, żeby być uśmiechniętym, wstawać rano zadowolonym z życia nie potrzebujemy praktycznie nic.minimalista Arek Recław Ale kiedyś też pędził za "więcej". - Tak powolutku, powolutku inne rzeczy zaczęły mnie kręcić niż ten pęd za więcej - wspomina. Od innej strony Orest Tabaka zaczynał podobnie: blogi, książki. - Większość osób ma tak: co ja mogę wyrzucić. Wciąż ma więcej niż sto rzeczy. - Chodzi o to, żeby wybierać to, co faktycznie potrzebujemy. Radek Białek wolny od posiadania był przez 18 miesięcy.
Virtual Currency Is The Next Big Platform Editor’s note: Ari Mir is the co-founder and CEO of virtual currency platform Pocket Change. He also co-founded GumGum.com, the world’s largest in-image ad-network. This week, Mir is attending the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. My youth was spent jumping turtles, killing 16-bit Nazis, connecting kickflips with manuals and nube tubing. Haaaaadouken! Like most boys and young men during the ’80s and early ’90s, I loved video games. For two decades, selling hard and soft copies of games proved to be a very lucrative business. Virtual goods are purchased with virtual currency, a digital medium of exchange similar to dollars and cents. The advertising industry has already seized the opportunity. Engaging with advertisers won’t be the only way to earn virtual currency. As millions of users begin to build liquidity in a system such as FB Credits or other virtual currency providers it becomes possible to disrupt the trillion dollar mobile payments space. [image via flickr/epSos.de]
43 Simple Ways To Simplify Your Life Post written by Sherri Kruger. Follow me on Twitter. Simplicity. How can we make things simpler, more streamlined, or more efficient? Is this all just hype or is there actually something to this simplicity thing? Reducing complexity in my life has reduced stress, increased free time, and top priorities are actually top priorities. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. There are countless ways to simplify your life, these are but a few.
Brain Rules Berkeley on Biphasic Sleep If you see a student dozing in the library or a co-worker catching 40 winks in her cubicle, don’t roll your eyes. New research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that an hour’s nap can dramatically boost and restore your brain power. Indeed, the findings suggest that a biphasic sleep schedule not only refreshes the mind, but can make you smarter. Students who napped (green column) did markedly better in memorizing tests than their no-nap counterparts. Conversely, the more hours we spend awake, the more sluggish our minds become, according to the findings. “Sleep not only rights the wrong of prolonged wakefulness but, at a neurocognitive level, it moves you beyond where you were before you took a nap,” said Matthew Walker, an assistant professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and the lead investigator of these studies. In the recent UC Berkeley sleep study, 39 healthy young adults were divided into two groups — nap and no-nap.
An attempt by Kelly Sutton to get rid of everything - Cult of Less 5 Phrases That Can Boost Employee Morale I left the company years ago for another but I still run into former colleagues. Usually the ensuing conversation involves something along the lines of, “Hey, did you hear about the (latest management decision I think is really stupid) at the plant?” This question was different. “You worked there for almost 20 years,” my ex-coworker said. “Is there anything you wish you could go back and do over?" I thought about it later. Instead I most regret the things I didn't say: To employees who reported to me, to some of my peers, and to at least one person I worked for. It's too late for me, but it’s not too late for you. “That was great how you...” Feel free to go back in time. “Can you help me...?” Even though I could tell he really wanted to participate, I never let him. Asking someone for help implicitly recognizes their skills and value. And there’s a bonus: You get help. “I'm sorry I didn't...” Say you're sorry. Say you're sorry, say why you're sorry, and take all the blame.
How To be so Productive You Can't Stand it You might think that creatives as diverse as Internet entrepreneur Jack Dorsey, industrial design firm Studio 7.5, and bestselling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami would have little in common. In fact, the tenets that guide how they – and exceptionally productive creatives across the board – make ideas happen are incredibly similar. Here are 10 laws of productivity we’ve consistently observed among serial idea executors: 1. Break the seal of hesitation. A bias toward action is the most common trait we’ve found across the hundreds of creative professionals and entrepreneurs we’ve interviewed. 2. When our ideas are still in our head, we tend to think big, blue sky concepts. 3. Trial and error is an essential part of any creative’s life. To avoid ‘blue sky paralysis,’ pare your idea down to a small, immediately executable concept. 4. When working on in-depth projects, we generate lots of new ideas along the way. 5. 6. 7. 8. Few activities are more of a productivity drain than meetings. 9.
La miopía de futuro - 30.06.2012 - lanacion.com EL 15 de enero de 2009, unos pocos minutos después de despegar del aeropuerto de Nueva York, el piloto del vuelo 1549 se dio cuenta de que un problema en los motores no le permitiría llegar exitosamente a destino y tampoco volver al aeropuerto. Tomó, entonces, una de las decisiones más trascendentales de su vida: amerizar en las frías aguas del río Hudson y lograr, de esa manera, que todos los pasajeros y la tripulación salvaran sus vidas. Si el piloto de ese avión hubiese sido una computadora, muy posiblemente todos estarían muertos. Las 155 personas se salvaron porque Chesley Sullenberger II, "el héroe del Hudson", tenía un cerebro humano y, particularmente, porque su lóbulo frontal estaba intacto. Los seres humanos, basados en nuestra experiencia, intuición, aprendizaje y emoción, integramos la información en un contexto que cambia permanentemente de manera inmediata y automática. El lóbulo frontal ocupa toda la región anterior del cráneo. © La Nacion.
Color: Meaning, Symbolism and Psychology Green occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye and is second only to blue as a favorite color. Green is the pervasive color in the natural world that is an ideal backdrop in interior design because we are so used to seeing it everywhere. The natural greens, from forest to lime, are seen as tranquil and refreshing, with a natural balance of cool and warm (blue and yellow) undertones. Green is considered the color of peace and ecology. However, there is an "institutional" side to green, associated with illness or Government-issued that conjure up negative emotions as do the "slimy" or bilious greens. How the color green affects us physically and mentally * Soothing * Relaxing mentally as well as physically * Helps alleviate depression, nervousness and anxiety * Offers a sense of renewal, self-control and harmony For more information see "All About the Color Green"