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When I first heard the word, I thought the same thing you’re thinking: What the heck is a fartlek? Turns out it’s a running tactic that, if applied to your daily tasks, could juice your productivity.

A fartlek, a Swedish word that means “speed play,” is a form of unstructured…

It may seem counterintuitive, but spontaneity often can’t happen without a bit of advanced planning

In a 2020 study, 72% of people said they feel happier after a spontaneous act. Those who described themselves as a “spontaneous person” were 40% more likely to consider themselves a “happy person.”

Of course, free time for spontaneity is hard to come by. That’s why I say the key…

Adaptation is one of the most astounding human skills, but only when we choose to employ it

The omicron variant has arrived. Is anyone else feeling misplaced anger at the Greeks? The news is just another reminder that the minefield-laden road to normalcy just took another detour.

How do we fight our way through it this time?

We need to choose the same path we should have…

Especially on social media

When I first heard that you should bring your whole self to work a few years ago, I knew it was a terrible idea. Have you ever been in a live customer service chat where the hospital billing guy tries to tell you about his weekend?

No one should bring…

Use the Pyramids of Phone Productivity to design a digital environment that aligns with the lifestyle you want

NOTE: The example here makes use of an iPhone, but the principles of organization are applicable to other operating systems.

When it comes to habit formation, self-improvement author James Clear writes, “Environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behavior.” …

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