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Browse my most popular articles and guides on topics ranging from Productivity and Mindfulness to Emotional Fitness and Habit Building.

Top 10 Most Popular Articles


Why We Worry (and How to Stop) →

Understanding the Function of Worry is Essential to Undoing It

Productive Procrastination →

How to Get More Done by Procrastinating on Purpose

How Our Stories Make Us Miserable →

10 Types of Negative Self-Talk (and How to Correct Them)

How to Start a Mindfulness Practice →

A Quick Guide for Complete Beginners

Divergent Thinking →

The Mental Muscle Behind Consistent Creativity

Happy Together: 3 Principles for a Stronger Romantic Relationship →

Essential skills for a thriving romantic relationships

Emotional Fitness →

3 Essential Habits for Better Mental Health

How to Become More Assertive →

A Guide to Living Your Own Life

Psychological Mastery is the Ultimate Competitive Advantage →

An Introduction to Psychological Mastery and Why It Matters

How to Be a Prolific Reader →

19 Powerful Techniques to Build a Reading Habit

Best Articles by Topic


Emotional Fitness

Emotional Fitness →

3 Essential Habits for Better Mental Health

Cognitive Restructuring: The Complete Guide to Changing Negative Thinking →

Learn how to eliminate habits of negative thinking

How to Change Other People’s Behavior without Damaging the Relationship →

A beginner’s guide to differential reinforcement

A Few Principles for Better Emotional Clarity →

A Brief Guide to Building a Better Relationship with Your Emotions

Psychological Mastery is the Ultimate Competitive Advantage →

An Introduction to Psychological Mastery and Why It Matters

The Dangers of Intellectualized Emotions →

How We Hide from Our Feelings by Turning Emotions into Ideas

Memento Contendere →

The Benefits of Intentionally Anticipating Our Struggles

How to Practice Gratitude →

Even if You’re Lazy…

In Defense of Feeling Bad →

Why the Willingness to Feel Bad Is the Secret to Feeling Good

Your Emotional Brain: A User’s Guide →

How We Train Our Own Brains to make Us Miserable

How to Think About Feelings →

7 Things You Should Have Learned About Emotions in 3rd Grade.

Productivity

Productive Procrastination →

How to Get More Done by Procrastinating on Purpose

Adaptive Thinking →

How High-Performers Think When It Matters Most

How to Fall In Love with Hard Work →

Lessons from the War of Art

The Disctractions List →

A Simple Teachnique for Better Focus

How to Stop Procrastinating →

5 Strategies from a Professional Psychologist

The Secret to Productive Mornings →

Make Them Easier, Not Earlier

Confessions of an Early-Morning Productivity Guru →

No one has all the answers

A Simple Trick for Setting Better Goals →

Make Your Goals About Action Not Outcomes

Reimagining Productivity →

Why We Need to Re-think the Term Productivity

Mental Health

Identity Diversification →

The Case for a Well-Balanced Sense of Self

How Our Stories Make Us Miserable →

10 Types of Negative Self-Talk (and How to Correct Them)

Rethinking the Battle Against Depression →

Why habits, not more pills, may be the best way to fight back against depression

How to Be More Resilient in Everyday Life →

Highly resilient people share 3 common traits; luckily, we can all learn how to cultivate them

The Unhappiness Trap →

Do All Unhappy People Share a Common Trait?

8 Habits I Practice to Strengthen My Mental Health →

Essential Routines and Habits for Better Mental Health

How to Become More Assertive →

A Guide to Living Your Own Life

Does Everyone Need Therapy? →

No, but everyone could benefit from it.

What If Daddy Issues Are Really Daddy Habits? →

Our past doesn’t cause suffering, but the habits it fostered may

How We Talk to Our Little Girls and Why It Matters →

An Open Letter From a Behavioral Psychologist (and Dad) on International Women’s Day

The Other Side of Mental Health →

There’s More to Mental Health Than Fixing What’s Wrong

Motivation

The Way We Think About Motivation Is All Wrong →

Most of Us Have Too Much Motivation not Too Little

The Elements of Passion →

5 Questions from Psychology Research to Help You Find Your Passion

The 4 Causes of Procrastination →

What Research Shows Are the Most Important Factors in Procrastination.

Paradoxical Problems →

When Hard Work Doesn’t Work

5 Underrated Self-Help Books Everyone Should Read →

Finally, Some Self-Help That Actually Helps

Bootstrapping Motivation →

A Guide to Building Sustainable Sources of Motivation

Mindfulness

No Seriously, What Is Mindfulness? →

A Brief Primer on Mindfulness in Plain English

How to Start a Mindfulness Practice →

A Quick Guide for Complete Beginners

Ordinary Mindfulness →

How to Be More Mindful in Everyday Life

Mindfulness Benefits →

15 Ways Mindfulness Helps According to Research

Build a Mindfulness Practice That Lasts →

3 Tips for a Resilent Long-Term Mindfulness Practice

How to Be Present for Your Own Life →

Lessons on Living Mindfully from Wherever You Go, There You Are

25 Tiny Lessons I’ve Learned from a Daily Mindfulness Meditation Practice →

A collection of helpful and thought-provoking ideas about meditation

Stress & Anxiety

Why We Worry (and How to Stop) →

Understanding the Function of Worry is Essential to Undoing It

Trying to Control Anxiety Will Always Backfire →

When we try to control anxiety, we end up making it worse because we teach our brain to fear itself.

A Mind Unconquered →

15 Bits of Stoic Wisdom to Cultivate Inner Peace

The Perfectionism Puzzle →

Why Emotion, Not Achievement, Explain Perfectionism.

Fear of Success: How It Works and What to Do about It →

Why we fear the results of success much more than success itself

The 4:55 Drill →

A Simple Routine to Stay Productive at Work and Relaxed at Home

Stress Management Is for the Birds →

Why Managing Your Stressors, Not Your Stress, Is Key

How I Organize My Life with 3 Little Lists →

A Simple System to Stay Organized and Reduce Stress

The Stress-Reducing Magic of Punctuating Your Life →

The Antidote to Stress and Overwhelm is Whitespace

A Beginner’s Guide to Anxiety →

Everything You Wanted to Know About Anxiety in One Place

Better Sleep

How to Fall Asleep Amazingly Fast with Deliberate Worry →

The single best technique for falling asleep fast

The Problem With Sleep Hygiene →

Why Sleep Hygiene does more harm than good

The Beginner’s Guide to Insomnia →

Everything you wanted to know about insomnia in one place

Why Trying to Sleep Is an Oxymoron →

And the one secret every good sleeper knows

How to Sleep Well Before a Big Day →

5 Practical Strategies to Get the Rest You Need to Do Your Best Work

Is Blue Light Destroying Your Sleep? →

No, but Worrying About it Is.

How the Simpsons Cured My Insomnia →

The upside of watching TV in bed

Minimalism

What Is Digital Minimalism? →

Why We All Need to Be More Intentional with the Technology in Our Lives

Minimalism Terrifies Me. And That’s a Really Good Thing. →

Why Minimalism is About More not Less

The News Audit →

A Simple Way to Make Time for the Things That Matter Most

The 30-Day Digital Declutter →

What I learned after going a month without any optional personal technology

The Case for Mental Minimalism →

Forget your desk. You need to declutter your mind.

Habit Building

How to Be a Prolific Reader →

19 Powerful Techniques to Build a Reading Habit

The Ulysses Pact →

An Ancient Technique for Building Better Habits

How to Make New Habits Stick (Even on a Crazy Schedule) →

9 practical tips for establishing new habits in difficult circumstances

Master Your Habits to Master Your Life →

Lessons on Habit Building from Atomic Habits

How I Used The Seinfeld Method to Create a Writing Habit →

Why a Tracking System Is Essential for Building New Habits

The 7 Habits of a Peaceful and Productive Mind →

Effective Routines for a Calmer, More Productive Mind

Cheerfulness Is Not a Personality Trait. →

It’s a Virtue.