2 min read · Oct 9th · Sleep is key to productivity -- but it also helps calm chronic anxiety. I've found a series of simple tactics that almost assures a good night's sleep (while reducing angst).
deep breathing to start, just to calm my heartbeat (inhale four seconds, exhale four seconds). Then, I note three things I accomplished that day and how they positively impacted others. Close with more breathing, then I get ready for bed.
Lastly, I call on a happy memory, typically of something I did I was very proud of. It's not always recent, either -- I remember smiling to myself over a standing ovation at a high school play. With this image in my head, I close my eyes and gradually fall asleep.
4 min read · Oct 3rd · Fighting procrastination is a life-long battle, but it's a winnable one--if you use principles of emotional intelligence.
So, remember: Fighting procrastination is a life-long battle. But it's a winnable one, especially if you: 1. Acknowledge the need to change. 2. Identify and understand your feelings. 3. Work on stuff earlier. 4. Put it in the calendar. 5. Use the 5-minute rule.
2 min read · Oct 6th · But one simple thing everyone can have for free.
The only way a founder can sustain working an incredibly high number of hours every week, month after month, is by having fun.
Founders who are having fun experience time differently, so they're able to work more without the physical or mental effects typically associated with long working hours. When time is spent having fun, the mental state doesn't deteriorate like it would under stressful or dissatisfying conditions.