mind hacks

Why The Hardest Tasks Matter The Most

Life hacking is all about doing things easier, but it’s important to remember that not everything is easy. There aren’t many “get rich quick” schemes in life — whether you’re talking about money, productivity, relationships or something else. Sometimes, the hardest tasks are the ones that matter the most.


Stop Telling Yourself You're Too Busy

Ever feel like you’re overwhelmingly busy? Of course you have. But chances are you might not be as busy as you think — and knowing this simple fact can reduce a lot of stress.


Make Smarter Purchases With The 'Stranger Test'

Having trouble deciding whether you should blow money on that new gadget? Budgets Are Sexy has a simple test that might help.


Switch Passive Learning Tasks To Active Ones For Better Studying

When you have to study a lot, your focus can waver. In such cases, the kind of studying you do can have a big effect on how much you learn. Scott H Young, author of Learn More Study Less, suggests switching from passive learning to active learning tasks to make better use of shorter study hours.


Get Rid Of 'Earworms' By Playing Out The Full Song

Got a tune stuck in your head? Fire up your favourite music player or YouTube and play the song through to the end to get rid of that “earworm”, suggests Dr Fredric Neuman, Director of the Anxiety and Phobia Centre at White Plains Hospital.


How Being Humble, Kind And Calm Will Make Your Life Easier

You’ve heard it all your life: being humble, kind and calm is the “right thing to do”. But if that isn’t enough to convince you, consider this: humility, kindness and calmness can actually help you get ahead in life.


Reduce Information Overload By Being Mindful

Information overload has become an everyday experience for anyone who works with computers, owns a smartphone or waits at a bus stop with minute-by-minute updates about arrival times.


Frustration, Not Violent Content, May Cause Aggression In Gamers

Video games sometimes get a bad rap for causing aggressive behaviour (though this correlation is in dispute to say the least). New research suggests that it may not be violent games that encourage this aggression, but rather the frustration and challenges to the ego that come from repeatedly losing.


'Taking Time To Think Is Massively Underrated'

Developer Matt West reminds us that it’s a busy world out there. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget to stop and let ourselves think.


The Myth Of Creative Inspiration: Great Artists Don't Wait

Franz Kafka is considered one of the most creative and influential writers of the 20th century, but he actually spent most of his time working as a lawyer for the Workers Accident Insurance Institute. How did Kafka produce such fantastic creative works while holding down his day job? By sticking to a strict schedule.