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Disconnecting from work email

An experiment in disabling email when on holiday

Taking a vacation in a place where there is no internet access is becoming increasingly difficult (and unwanted) and this sort “digital detox by force” is pretty impossible.  Internet access is everywhere these days and why wouldn’t you want to be able to watch Netflix while on holiday or be able to share photos of […]

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Mindfulness is focus on now

On mindfulness and meditation

Despite existing for 2500 years or so, mindfulness has been gaining popularity in recent years. One of the reasons for this is the large body of evidence – both anecdotally and scientifically – of the benefits that practicing mindfulness can bring (the key word here is “practicing” by the way). I only discovered mindfulness about […]

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Status quo bias

I am fascinated by cognitive biases and heuristics which are part of the growing field of behavioral econonomics. I’ve written about a cognitive bias known as “The Dunning-Krueger effect” before, but today I’d like to discuss one that I see quite often at work – the “status quo bias”. The status quo bias occurs when […]

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Quantified meditation

I started meditating at the end of last year. I read a few books that really opened my eyes to power of both mindfulness and meditation and have been meditating daily ever since. Beginner’s mind The problem when you first start to meditate is that it’s hard to gauge the quality of your sessions. I […]

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The toughest 30-day challenge yet

I like 30-day challenges. They allow me to create new habits, break old habits, experiment with diet and exercise and have developed into a little hobby of mine recently. I was looking at this blog the other day and noticed how infrequently I have been posting over the past 12 months. In my head, however, […]

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FLACHAU, AUSTRIA - JANUARY 14: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on January 14, 2014 in Flachau, Austria. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Find progress in practice

We live in an instant gratification world. Many of the millennials that I know expect to have all the same “trappings of life” that their parents spent several decades to acquire.. now. We are bombarded with images of success, talent, and athleticism. We see musicians with no more natural ability than ourselves playing in front […]

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Mastery is Progress

A couple of my employees were invited to speak at the local university recently to discuss their jobs and their career choices with students. They asked me if I had any advice for them that they could share; they may have regretted that question after 45 minutes of my response. You see, there seems to […]

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