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Secret of Adulthood: Focus Not on Doing Less, or Doing More, but on Doing What You Value.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   I never think about “balance,” because that suggests that there’s room for everything, if I could just juggle it correctly. Now I tell myself, “I have plenty of time for the things I love to do”–which means dropping things that I don’t love to do. This mantra has really helped me make better decisions about …


Story: Don’t Let the Desire to Feel “Legitimate” Drive Your Decisions.

This week’s video story: Don’t let the desire to feel “legitimate” drive your decisions.   Ah, more words of wisdom from my sister, the sage.  She was so right. There I was, clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and feeling very illegitimate in my work. So get over it, already! If you’d like to read more about this, check out …


Don’t Be Tricked by These 5 Common Mental Rules of Thumb.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Beware of these five common heuristics. One of my favorite topics within cognitive science is the concept of heuristics. Heuristics are the quick, commonsense principles we apply to solve a problem or make a decision. Often, heuristics are very helpful rules of thumb, but they can also lead us to make dumb mistakes. …


Story: That Unreasonable Demand Might Not Be So Unreasonable

For the weekly videos, I now tell a story. I’ve realized that for me, and I think for many people, a story is what holds my attention and makes a point most powerfully. This week’s story: That unreasonable demand might not be so unreasonable.   Can’t see the video? Click here. As I explain in the video, I read this …


“I Think It’s Important To Say ‘No’ a Lot More Often Than We Do, and I’m Still Working at That.”

Happiness interview: Mike Vardy. I got to know Mike Vardy through his work on LifeHack and Productivityist, “the blog for productivity enthusiasts” (and aren’t we all productivity enthusiasts?). He has a new book, The Front Nine: How To Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want, about how to create a path to success on your own terms. (The title and …