How Boredom Can Help You Succeed

How Boredom Can Help You Succeed

You may not like being bored, but boredom can actually be very good for you if sometimes you just let it be, settle into it, and see where it leads. It can even be good to induce boredom sometimes!

On the other side of boredom is clarity, insight, and stillness that, at a minimum, can be a healthy and pleasant break for you and, at best, can help you discover new solutions for old problems.

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How to Get Focused and Stay Focused

How to Get Focused and Stay Focused

Sometimes, even when you’re super motivated to get work done, distraction kicks in, and you start working on something less important, daydreaming, or playing around on your phone. Loss of focus can cost you your momentum and whole days of lost productivity.

Here are a few tips for getting your focus on target and keeping it there. With a little practice, you can build your focus "muscle," and start finishing tasks efficiently and moving on to the next thing with peace of mind.

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How to Stop Procrastination the Creative Way

How to Stop Procrastination the Creative Way

Procrastination is often deemed a problem with focus, willpower, or self-doubt, but that’s not the whole story. Also, simply making more effort isn’t necessarily the best approach for dealing with it.

Recent research identifies a connection between procrastination and your imagination, and points to a fresh way of getting unstuck and feeling inspired to take action right now. Here I walk you through the steps for doing just that, which have proven helpful for me and my clients.

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What a Sensory Deprivation Tank Can Reveal About Facing Difficulty

What a Sensory Deprivation Tank Can Reveal About Facing Difficulty

Was spending a Friday night in a sensory deprivation tank blissful? Not exactly, but it did illustrate the aversion and reactivity that causes us to suffer, and what we can do about it.

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Unhealthy Relationships With Food: When Eating Is What's Eating You

Unhealthy Relationships With Food: When Eating Is What's Eating You

A reader of mine wanted to hear more about unhealthy relationships with food. Here's why it can be so hard to eat the types and amounts of food we want to, and how mindfulness can help.

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Trying to Get Fit? Don't Neglect Your Mind.

Trying to Get Fit? Don't Neglect Your Mind.

Your mind is an important part of your body, so be sure to include it in your fitness program. Mindfulness meditation provides a wealth of mental and physical health benefits, and helps you achieve whole-life fitness. 

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Broaden and Build: How Positive Emotions Can Help You Thrive

Broaden and Build: How Positive Emotions Can Help You Thrive

Recent research explores how viewing baby animal pictures helps you be focused and productive. Far from a fluff piece (ha), studies like this one are on the cutting edge of research into how positive emotions can help you thrive.

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Three Reasons Why Numbered Lists Can Make You Unhappy

Three Reasons Why Numbered Lists Can Make You Unhappy

Judging by the internet, humans have an insatiable appetite for numbered lists (and small animals). As fun and informative as list posts can be, they can also reinforce unhealthy habits and thoughts, and impair your long-term happiness. 

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Acceptance vs. Change: Working Through the Paradox of Mindfulness Practice

Acceptance vs. Change: Working Through the Paradox of Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness meditation can seem full of riddles. If practicing it involves accepting the way things are, then why would I practice in the first place? And how can it help me if I'm not supposed to try to change anything? Read on, and I'll try to clear it up for you.

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How Mindfulness Can Help You Get the Most Out of Life

How Mindfulness Can Help You Get the Most Out of Life

We're often absent from the experience of our lives for long stretches. When you bring mindful awareness to the present moment, you'll see the richness you've been missing, and extract more living from your life. 

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