The memory-friendly way to say no

Quite often we need to say “no”. Our language is very rich, and there are many ways to do that. Some ways are very direct, while others are more subtle. The way we choose to say “no” may affect our memory. For more information I suggest reading here, here, here, here, and here. Japanese: a …

Ways to Fight Information Overflow

This is a guest article by Sophia Anderson. This particular article was not easy to write, and several rounds of writing and editing went into it. So please thank Sofia for her hard work in your comments.  Sophia Anderson is an associate educator, blogger and freelance writer. She is passionate about covering topics on learning, writing, business, …

The vicious cycle of extreme productivity

Good and bad multitasking is a subject we review quite often. Usually, the focus is on how to multitask correctly. Recently I became aware of the people who take the right multitasking to its limits and beyond. For additional reading I selected here, here, here, here, and here. The perfect schedule There is such a …

Creating abundance

For me abundance is not something measurable, it is a feeling of fulfillment where what we have surpasses what we want to have. Inflated expectations are one of the greatest sources of suffering in the modern society. Consumerism makes us want things and if our self-worth is based on our achievements we also start to …

Learning to make mistakes

We all make mistakes. Can we properly learn from our mistakes? Maybe. There are some tips that can help. You can find more here, here, here, and here. This time you should really read the resources I mention. Classification of mistakes There is no clear classification of mistakes except for legal mistakes. In legal documentss, …

Getting out of comfort zone

Getting out of the comfort zone is important for personal growth and crucial for any attempt of achieving greatness. After my marriage with Anna she was convinced I am not living to my potential. So she made it a personal goal to take me out of my comfort zone. This is not an easy task, …

Use your gut feeling to memorize better

Quite often I find myself memorizing things using my “gut feeling” as dual coding. While this is not very common, there is some science behind it. In this post, I will try to shed some light on the subject. To some extent I was inspired by this, this, and this articles. Situation memory Our body …

Fighting age and stress

When we are young and inexperienced we make huge progress. If feels like we will be making the same kind of progress as we get older. Unfortunately this is not true. Our evalutaion of our future self is typically over-optimistic, and as we mature we need to face the consequences. You may read the articles …

Society and communication

Today is a special day for working people. There used to be demonstrations celebrating the ability of common people to negotiate complex deals with their employers and fight for fairness. The working relations have changed, and blue color jobs are moving to developing countries or getting automated. As the jobs become more complex, the need …

The power of small changes

It is very difficult to make changes in our life. Once we do master the required energy and motivation, we prefer to do dramatic actions. We may get a huge success, but then find it very hard to maintain this success for a long time. Small changes reduce the risk and increase the success rate. …