How to Stop Being Lazy

  1. To-Do Lists Are Evil. Schedule Everything.
  2. Assume You’re Going Home at 5:30, Then Plan Your Day Backwards
  3. Make A Plan For The Entire Week
  4. Do Very Few Things, But Be Awesome At Them
  5. Less Shallow Work, Focus On The Deep Stuff

Schedules and plans sound cold and clinical but the end result couldn’t be farther from that.

You’ll be less stressed, create more time for friends and family, and make things you can be proud of.

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How The Most Successful People Manage Their Time


Here’s what you can learn about time management from very successful people:

Do a time log. See how long things take and when your best windows are.
Plan the whole week. Focus on your core competency and what makes you happy.
Have a morning ritual that gets you closer to your long term goals.
Set 3-5 anchor events for the weekend.
Plan something fun for Sunday night.

168 — that’s how many hours we all have every week. We need to get out of the mindset of “I don’t have time.”

We all have the same number of hours. Period. It’s what you choose to do with those hours that will shape your entire life.

To quote a video game franchise I worked on a while back:

We all make choices. But in the end, our choices make us.

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Are 80% of Harvard students first-born children?

This video is from “Justice“, one of the most popular classes in Harvard’s history.

23 minutes into the video, professor Michael Sandel asks students who are first-born to raise their hand — and an eye-popping number do.

Admittedly, this is a less-than-scientific survey but apparently Sandel’s done this many many many times over the years and consistently come up with a similar result.

Of course, there are possible confounds (upper class families who send their kids to Harvard have fewer children on average, etc.) but still quite interesting to ponder.

THE REAL JURASSIC PARK Ice Age animals could be brought back to life as dad and his son raise £50,000 to build an ancient safari park

A FATHER and son have created a sprawling prehistoric Ice Age wilderness where they hope WOOLLY MAMMOTHS will again soon roam the earth.

Dubbed the “real-life Jurassic Park”, their so-called Mammoth Steppe ecosystem may be home to lab-designed mammoths within a few years.

Prehistoric woolly mammoths could be inhabit the Siberian park in the next few years

Prehistoric woolly mammoths could [soon] inhabit the Siberian park in the next few years.
Pictured is the sprawling Pleistocene Park, located in Arctic Siberia

The region could soon be home to thousands of grazing animals – including cloned woolly mammoths

 The region could soon be home to thousands of grazing animals – including cloned woolly mammoths. Its creators hope the reemergence of Ice Age conditions and wildlife will help stave off climate change. The 20,000 hectare park is located within the deepest reaches of Arctic Siberia

Sergey and Nikita Zimonv’s Pleistocene Park is located in the furthest stretches of remote Siberia in eastern Russia.

There the mammoths will graze alongside the other large herbivores already introduced to the 20,000 hectare park.


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This Is How To Stop Checking Your Phone: 5 Secrets From Research

How long do you think the average work email goes unread? 10 minutes? 5 minutes? 1 minute?

Try 6 seconds.

From Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked: “In reality, 70 percent of office emails are read within six seconds of arriving.”

Well, people average 3 hours a day on their phones. In the pre-smartphone era that number was just 18 minutes. And what happens when you ask young adults if they’d rather have a broken bone or a broken phone?…

There’s a study that was done asking people, mainly young adults, to make a decision: if you had to break a bone or break your phone what would you prefer? Forty-six percent of people would prefer to have a broken bone than a broken phone. But even for the fifty-four percent of people who say they’d prefer to have a broken phone, it wasn’t a snap decision. They agonized over it.

And if you have kids, this issue is even more serious. Children don’t learn empathy and emotional intelligence from screens. And Adam says kids now spend 20% less time playing face-to-face. Guess where that time went? Exactly. Okay, so what do we do about it?

1) “Don’t” Say “Can’t”

When you make the commitment to change, tell yourself, “I don’t check my phone more than once an hour” as opposed to, “I can’t check my phone more than once an hour.”

2) Proximity Is Destiny

When you don’t absolutely have to have your phone by your side, put it somewhere you can’t easily reach it. Across the room is a good option.

3) Use A “Stopping Rule”

Ever said you’re going to “just check your phone real quick” — and then an hour goes by? … So a “stopping rule” can prevent endless checking.

4) You Don’t Break Habits. You Replace Them.

Proximity is destiny, right? When you sit on the couch, make sure the phone is far away and a book is within reach. So now you’re not just gritting your teeth trying to not check your phone. You’re substituting a good habit for the bad one. When you want to check your phone, you grab a book instead.

5) Dr. Jekyll, Prepare For Mr. Hyde

You’ve seen some version of this movie: the main character knows he’s going to turn into a werewolf after nightfall so he barricades the door and chains himself in the basement. This way, when he transforms into the monster, it won’t be able to harm anyone. (Yes, you’re the hero and the monster in this story.)

By making smart decisions in anticipation of a problem, you make sure that future-you doesn’t do anything stupid like addictively checking your phone (or mauling some hitchhikers.)

So the long term solution is not about the phone. It’s about getting closer to that special someone and spending more time with them. And letting that bond soothe the worries you’re running to your phone for.

So if you’re reading this on your phone, text or email that person. Let them know you care. Set a time to see them.

And then put the phone away.

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