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Many of us go through periods when we have to work intense and long hours and get very little time for rest. While this kind of overwork is not ideal, there are undoubtedly situations in which it becomes a necessity or makes sense.
We need practical tips for surviving and thriving when we...
Premack’s principle: Use an easier behaviour like running an errand as a reward for a harder behaviour like writing a complex report.
This approach can help you pace yourself during your workday, ensuring that you get regular breaks during which your mind can shift into a more relaxed gear...
Compartmentalize: When engaged in tasks or parts of tasks you actually enjoy, make sure to focus on them exclusively.
If you know the task is important and you’re approaching it efficiently, allow yourself to enjoy it. For recurrent hard assignments, think about the parts of it you like be...
When you’re very busy, it’s tempting to try to cram productive activities, like responding to email or thinking through decisions, into any small crack of time. This could be when you’re standing in line at the supermarket, waiting for a presentation to start, or in the five minutes between finis...
Add physical decompression rituals to your day, perhaps when you wake up, go to bed, or take a bathroom break.
Try using context triggers — deciding which moments in the day you’ll use to physically decompress. For instance, maybe you can take some slow breaths whenever you go to the bathro...
You can buffer yourself against the stress of feeling rushed and overloaded if you recurrently pair simple sources of pleasure with particular activities you’re not as excited to do. Pair pleasure experiences, like a favorite snack, with ones that feel more stressful.
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What should we do if we’re still figuring out what feels meaningful to us or if we’re drawn to many different things? “Optimize for interesting”, says Dorie Clark, in her new book “The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World”.
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