mind hacks

Avoid Your 'Second Wind' For Better Quality Sleep

You get an early night, wake up at a reasonable hour and you still feel tired. Getting good-quality sleep is more than just going to bed at the right hour — how you drift off and what you do while in bed can affect how you are the next day. So, here are a few tips you can try to wake up feeling more refreshed.


Habit Creep: The Gradual And Reasonable Way To Improve Yourself

There is a common phenomenon in the world of personal finance called “lifestyle creep”. It describes our tendency to buy bigger, better, and nicer things as our income rises. What if we adapted this concept to the rest of our lives in a beneficial way?


Spend More Time With Your Fans Than Your Haters To Avoid Negativity Bias

No matter what you do in life, you’re going to attract a number of people who just hate what you do. This is unavoidable. While you might need to listen to some criticism, it may be best to disproportionately balance time spent with your fans vs. your haters.


Get Others To Pay More Attention To You With A Little 'Soft Conflict'

Conflict and tension aren’t necessarily bad for your personal and professional relationships. They can actually help foster stronger connections and get others to truly listen to you.


When Smart Personal Finance Habits Become Just Stupid

When you start getting your finances in order, it’s exciting. You see the basic concepts and rules of personal finance in action, and, after a while, they start to pay off. This makes it easy to become a personal finance devotee. But even the best financial advice can become counterproductive.


Jerry Seinfeld's Mental Trick For Managing Stress Under Pressure

Jerry Seinfeld is a pretty productive guy, but he’s also had to deal with immense amounts of pressure. This mental trick can help you alter your perspective and calm your nerves during high-stress moments.


Thursday Might Be The Best Day To Start New Habits

Starting new habits is all about finding momentum and keeping it up. Thursday might be the perfect day for that — here’s why.


Boost Your Good Luck By Expecting To Be Lucky

Whether or not “luck” really exists is a matter that you can take up with Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, it does seem like it’s possible to maximise your lucky breaks. One key way to do that? Expect that they will actually happen more often.


Personalise Your Debt To Motivate Yourself To Pay It Off

When you’re racking up debt, you know exactly what it is you want to spend your future money on. When it’s time to pay it off, however, it’s just one big number. To help motivate you to pay off your debt, remind yourself what you bought with it in the first place.


How I Taught Myself Not To Be An Insufferable Know-It-All

Random tidbits, factoids and conversation points pulled from the latest broadcast of NPR have always been my conversation fuel. But this stuff can turn you into an insufferable intellectual know-it-all if you’re not careful, and that makes people not want to talk you. Here’s how I’ve learned to rein that in.