This question is controversial – hence worth talking about. Let us start by dissecting it further. When we talk about balancing work and life, we assume that they are in conflict – that one of them comes at the cost of the other. And somehow, we need to find that...
How to become insanely good at anything
The solution might sound straightforward: Practice, practice, and more practice. But not so fast. It does not work that way. To convince you, let me share a personal experience. My daughter started playing the violin in 5th grade. When kids start practicing, what...
How to break out of a rut
I don’t know if you have ever been in a rut but I have. There was this one particular year in school, which I totally whiled away without studying. It was not that I was caught up in some bad habits or delinquent behavior, but somehow, I could just not break my...
Here is a simple way to create happiness every day
When writing this newsletter, the first thing I did was to switch off my phone. Once I let my team know that my phone was off, I now had only one thing to do – write with complete focus. But why am I doing this? Just for productivity? Not really. Productivity is a...
How to learn effectively
I am doing a 5-course specialization on Coursera and I finished almost 6 weeks' worth of material in 3-4 days. Impressive, no? Actually, not – in fact, I am regretting it. Initially, I was jotting down the key points and recapping as I learned. But I was in such a...
The neuroscience of addiction and why we get addicted
Neurosciences of addiction and why we get addicted. Are you addicted to something? Check out these techniques.
How to overcome fear
Learn how to overcome your fears. Are you afraid of public speaking or have a deep-rooted phobia? We have some tips that can help you.
How to stop sabotaging ourselves and other lessons
It is all about how we think about things. Learn how to stop sabotaging yourself and others with this story.
How to be consistent in building habits – here is what I found
Consistency comes not from some ‘iron-will’ personality trait, but from a system, which I am going to share with you today. Follow that system and you can stay consistent indefinitely.
How I stumbled upon the secret of motivation – here it is
Today let us demystify motivation. I am not talking about the transient spike of excitement but the obsessive commitment to a goal, day in, and day out, regardless of the ‘mood of the day.’
How I found the easiest shortcut to achieve even the hardest goals
In my IIT days, I was a total slacker, perpetually lagging in assignments, quizzes, and projects. I would neither go to classes on time nor take notes. The only time I would be focused was the night before the exams. That is when I would photocopy borrowed notes from...
How I nearly lost my focus and got it back – and you can too
In the early days of smartphone, I became an early victim of digital distraction. I was no longer able to build deep focus as I used to earlier. And I hated it. This is the story of how I got my focus back.
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