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My Anti-Jet Lag Recipe

We think of jet lag as a sleep disorder. But it’s really a disorder of your body clock, or circadian rhythm, which controls when you experience energy peaks, when your energy dips, when you feel sleepy, and a million other little highs and lows that impact how you move through your day. If you’re fully aligned…

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Music to Play When You Want to Get Focused

There are a handful of albums that I listen to obsessively when I want to get focused on creative work. Below, you’ll find the ones that have gotten the most play, organized into calm, atmospheric music and high-energy, upbeat music. Calm, Atmospheric Music: From electronic to piano to found sound, these albums run the gamut…

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Happiness Is a Choice

George Saunders wrote a beautiful piece for Esquire over a decade ago called “The Incredible Buddha Boy” about a young man in Nepal who has been meditating, without eating or drinking, for seven months. On the plane to Nepal, Saunders himself starts to meditate on our endless capacity for wanting. He writes, “The mind is…

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How You Keep Time Influences How You Spend Your Time

A recent study conducted by dScout found that the average user touches their phone 2,617 times a day. And that was just the average. Heavier users topped out at over 5,000+ touches a day. But what I found even more disturbing than the sheer amount of phone interactions was when those interactions were happening. About…

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Confessions of a Burnt Out Over-Achiever

If I asked if you could continue working at the pace you currently work for the next 10 or even 20 years, what would you say? I think for most people, the standard response would be: “Hell no!” But what we do today, and what we do tomorrow, rapidly becomes the status quo. Until working…

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Working Smarter in the Age of Distraction

Distraction—and its negative impact on creativity—has long been an obsession of mine. And this past Friday, I got to share what I’ve learned about working smarter in the Age of Distraction at CreativeMornings in LA. If you want to understand why the distractions of email and social media are so addictive—and how to conquer them—give…

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