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The Rise of Media Multitasking: What Blasting Yourself With Multiple Media Streams is Doing to Your Brain

The time of consuming one medium at a time is over. We’re no longer just reading a book, just watching television, or just listening to our favorite tunes. We now watch television while browsing the Web. We answer emails while listening to music. We are “watching” a YouTube video in one tab, while instant messaging […]

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A Complete Guide to Multitasking – How This Seemingly Innocent Habit is Rewiring Your Brain for Constant Distractibility, Greater Impulsivity, and Lower Productivity (and What You Can Do About it)

We live in the era of multitasking. According to a recent study, 81% of Americans always or almost always engage in at least one additional activity while watching television. When 200 people were asked to track their media activities during a one-hour evening period in another study, they reported switching between mobile phones, tablets, and […]

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Research Says You Should STOP Consuming the News – If You Want Greater Health, Happiness, and Productivity

“If you wish to improve,” Stoic philosopher Epictetus said, “be content to appear clueless or stupid in extraneous matters.” We sometimes play general knowledge games, such as Trivial Pursuit, at our family get-togethers. Questions include such classics as…In ‘Shrek,’ what comedic actor voices Donkey?What superhero has been played by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and […]

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4 Steps to Getting Anything You Want in Life

It is in the nature of human beings to want things – to desire appreciation, good health, better feelings, kids, a loving spouse, good relationships, peaceful sleep, maybe a beautiful home, a respectable career, or the freedom to travel the world. There’s no denying it. Unless you’re an enlightened being or are willing to meditate for […]

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Guilt and Procrastination – How Understanding This Demonized Emotion Helps You Unlock New Levels of Productivity

Guilt is an emotion all too familiar to most procrastinators. It often leads to a vicious cycle: You feel guilty for procrastinating, then the guilt makes you feel so bad that you procrastinate even more, which makes you feel even more guilty, which leads to even more procrastination, and so on. I’ve been stuck in that loop […]

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The Exact Browser and Desktop Setup I Use to Maximize Productivity [Video Walk-through]

What’s the fastest and least painful way to change your behavior? Changing your environment. If you’re familiar with Philip Zimbardo’s Prison Experiment or with Ellen Langer’s Counterclockwise Experiment, you’re aware of the insane changes different environments can lead to, and quickly. In Zimbardo’s case, good people became evil in a matter of days. In Langer’s experiment, they literally […]

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