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Want to Enhance Your Memory? Stanford Study Says Stop Doing This 1 Thing

focus memory productivity Jul 17, 2020

Originally Published in Inc. Magazine.

Do you ever have trouble keeping track of all the things racing through your mind? Do you ever feel like your life would fall apart without to-do lists, calendars, and constant reminders?

Most of us believe the subtle shifts in memory we experience are the result of aging. The older we get, we think, the harder we have to work to encode new memories. 

Researchers at the Stanford Memory Lab, however, found that aging isn't the only factor that diminishes what...

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Don't Have Time to Meditate? Try Micro-Dosing Mindfulness (Here's How)

Originally Published in Inc. Magazine.

In spite of all the studies showing the amazing benefits of meditation, most people fail to turn this practice into a habit for one simple reason. I call it the myth of "monk-style meditation."

It's the myth that, if you want to become a "real meditator," you need to seal yourself off from the world for long periods.  This myth tells you that you can't just meditate for five or ten minutes a day. You have to do it for at least 30 minutes or an hour each...

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4 Techniques VC Brad Feld Uses to Build Resilience and Mindfulness in Entrepreneurship

energy focus productivity Jul 17, 2020

Originally published in Inc. Magazine.

Like most successful entrepreneurs, working at a high level of intensity came naturally to Brad Feld, co-founder of Techstars and the Foundry Group. But over the last 30 years, he noticed a damaging pattern shared by many entrepreneurs: His words didn't match his actions.

He said he wanted to invest more in his personal relationships. He said he wanted to invest in his mental fitness. He said he wanted to work on himself. And yet work at the office always...

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The Neuroscience of Shifting From Negative to Positive Thinking

Originally published in Inc. Magazine.

You just got off the phone with one of your most important clients. The game-changing deal you were trying to close is off. They're not interested.

You've just pitched 10 potential investors. They all say they're "interested" but it's been two weeks. You refresh your inbox hourly, and yet still no word.

How do you react in these situations?

If you're like most people, your mind floods with negativity. "Maybe our product sucks," "Why can't I just get a break?" or "Maybe...

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The Upside of Burnout: How to Turn it From Problem to Opportunity

anxiety burnout personal May 21, 2020

Originally published in Inc. Magazine.

I'm 40 years old, and I've burned myself out twice so far in my career. In both cases, it was painful, terrifying, and yet life-changing in its positive effects.

The first time happened in my late 20s. I was in the final year of finishing up my PhD. The stress of graduate school combined with a serious bike accident left me drowning in waves of anxiety, depression, and fatigue. The second time happened just recently, in a milder form. It sprung from a combination of stress,...

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Why 'Completion Addiction' Might be Your Biggest Barrier to More Productive Work

energy focus productivity May 21, 2020

Originally published in Inc. Magazine.

It's 2 a.m. I'm wide awake. Thoughts about the vendor I need to reply to, the email I forgot to write, and my overflowing inbox spin through my head, pinging me awake like mental smartphone notifications. Finally, I've had enough. I get out of bed and pull out my computer.

I open my inbox: "121 unread messages." 

I spend the next two hours flying through my inbox. It's a blur of calendar invites, Slack messages, emails, and Asana...

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Overwhelmed by Your Inbox? You Might be Experiencing 'Email Apnea'

Originally published in Inc. Magazine.

Have you ever wondered why, after spending hours on email, you feel tense and tight? Why you feel more anxious than before?  Or why, even when do you stop, your mind keeps spinning

This is the state that psychologist Linda Stone calls "email apnea."  It's characterized by "shallow breathing or breath holding while doing email, or while working or playing in front of a screen." 

Email apnea occurs for a variety of reasons. First, our posture slumps...

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Experiencing Death by Meeting? Try This 60-Second Technique to Bring Meetings Back to Life

energy productivity Mar 27, 2020

Originally published in Inc. Magazine.

The modern office meeting is broken. We've known this for decades, which is why people say things like "death by meeting," "analysis paralysis," or Apple CEO Tim Cook's truism, "the longer the meeting, the less is accomplished."

And yet, in many organizations, meetings continue to drain energy, creativity, and time. In my own experience, it's become clear to me that the ordinary mindset in most meetings is best described as "not fully there" or, in the words of...

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The Modern Mind is Distracted, Stressed, and Overwhelmed: Here's How to Relax

burnout energy mindfulness Feb 24, 2020

Originally published in Inc. Magazine.

We live in a world that seems to have forgotten how to relax.

At work, we rush from one meeting to the next. We use the microscopic gaps in our day to fire off emails and texts. And we frantically try to complete all the items on our to-do list by the end of the day, and mostly fail.

At home, we finally have the space to take a breath and relax. And yet most of the things we do to take the edge off the day keep us stimulated and caught in this "always on" state: social...

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Want to Know the Real Reason You're So Distracted? Harvard Scientists Have the Answer

Originally published in Inc. Magazine

When it comes to how to be more focused and less distracted, we've got things inside out.

We tend to think that we are distracted because of the devices in our pocket, Instagram, Facebook, text messages, phone calls, and the thousands of other notifications beckoning for our attention.

But according to the research of two Harvard psychologists, the real problem isn't our chaotic environment, its our minds.

Psychologists Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel...

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