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Learn A New Skill Faster By Subtly Tweaking Your Practice Sessions

Practicing a lot doesn’t necessarily make you better at learning a new skill. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found that one key to mastering a skill quickly is to slightly change how you practice the skill.


Stay Hungry For Your Success Unless You Want To Lose It

When you reach a certain level of success, it’s easy to get comfortable. If you want to stay there, though, be ready to act hungry. Even if you’re not.


Tackle Your Most Difficult Tasks With Meditative 'Pause Training'

The discomfort of taking on difficult tasks can push you to seek out distractions, focus on busywork and procrastinate. This meditation-like exercise will help you focus on why you want to run from the hard stuff, and make you more productive overall.


Put Only The Apps That Are Good For You On Your Phone's Home Screen

Our brains are lazy, easily lured away from productivity to timesinks like Facebook and Twitter. Make use of this mental laziness by carefully curating the icons on your phone’s home screen.


The Illusory Correlation: A Common Mental Error That Leads To Misguided Thinking

We all use silly logic to help us rationalise a confusing world. Take full moons, for example. For centuries people have been blaming full moons for inexplicable behaviours that coincided with them. But it’s an illusory correlation — we fool ourselves into believing something based on what stands out most in our memories.


Ask 'Why?' Five Times To Get To The Root Of Any Problem

It can get annoying when a toddler asks “Why?” incessantly. But maybe they’re just trying to teach you something. The next time you have a complex problem, ask yourself “Why?” five times to get at the root of it.


Fall Asleep Earlier By Getting Ready For Bed Before You Feel Tired

Sometimes the most effective tips are the simplest. If you want to get to sleep earlier every night, you’re better off removing as many obstacles as you can before you’re completely drained of energy.


Tackle Chronic Problems With Others By Surprising Them With Some Improv

When you have a problem with somebody that won’t go away, you need to mix things up. If you stop sounding like an angry broken record and try improvising a completely different response, you can surprise the other person into reacting differently and give yourself control again.


Think Of Your 5 Favourite People When You Feel Overwhelmed

Feeling overwhelmed in social situations isn’t uncommon, but you can combat the stress by thinking about the five people closest to you and how they’d support you in this situation, whether you’re meeting someone new, or speaking in front of a group.


How To Overcome Your Inner Dialogue Of Doubt And Get Stuff Done

When you’re trying to start something new, your inner dialogue can amplify your self-doubt and you end up quitting before you start. This sort of negative introspection can hamper your productivity. Luckily you can take a second to get out of your head and get stuff done.


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