Articles

A rotating selection of my most popular recent articles and guides.

How to be more assertive main

How to Become More Assertive: A Guide to Living Your Own Life

Nobody Lacks Motivation We're just motivated toward the wrong things

Nobody Lacks Motivation—We’re Just Motivated Toward the Wrong Things

How to Start a Mindfulness Practice: A Quick Guide for Complete Beginners

How to Start a Mindfulness Practice: A Quick Guide for Complete Beginners

Does everyone need therapy?

Does Everyone Need Therapy?

Cheerfulness Is Not a Personality Trait. It's a Virtue

Cheerfulness Is Not a Personality Trait. It’s a Virtue.

An introduction to digital minimalism

What is Digital Minimalism?

Summer of Digital Minimalism Nick Wignall

The Summer of Digital Minimalism

For productive mornings, create easy not early routines

The Secret to Productive Mornings is to Make Them Easier not Earlier

Stress and Punctuation

The Stress-Reducing Magic of Punctuating Your Life

8 Habits I Use to Strengthen My Mental Health

8 Habits I Practice to Strengthen My Mental Health

Ludicrously Small

The 2 Qualities of Transformative Routines

The Tyranny of Good Ideas

The Tyranny of Good Ideas

The 4:55 Drill

The 4:55 Drill: A Simple Routine to Stay Productive at Work and Relaxed at Home

Why We Worry

Why We Worry (and How to Stop)

Sleep Drive

You’ve Heard of Sex Drive, but Sleep Drive?

Productivity Apps

5 Productivity Apps That Survived My Digital Purge

Fear of Success

Is Fear of Success Really a Thing? Yes and Here’s How It Works

Doing Nothing

How to Get More Done by Doing Nothing

Blue Light Sleep

Is Blue Light Destroying Your Sleep? No, but Worrying About it Is.

Dear Subconscious

Dear Subconscious: A Tiny Trick for Resolving Stuck Points in Your Writing

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

Simpsons Cured my Insomnia

How The Simpsons Cured My Insomnia

Creativity and Divergent Thinking

5 Ways to Boost Your Creativity with Divergent Thinking

Sleep Effort Paradox

The Sleep Effort Paradox

Mindfulness Isn't Magic

Mindfulness Isn’t Magic

Get More Productive on Your Commute by Doing Nothing

Carpooling with My Unconscious

The 4 Causes of Procrastination

The Paradox of Perfectionism

The Paradox of Perfectionism

Seriously Underrated Self-Help books

5 Underrated Self-Help Books Everyone Should Read

How we talk to our little girls and why it matters

How We Talk to Our Little Girls and Why It Matters

Intellectualized emotions eye-2

The Dangers of Intellectualized Emotions

Stress Management is for the birds

Stress Management is for the Birds

Meditation and apps

Want to start Meditating? Don’t use an App.

your Emotional Brain a User's Guide

Your Emotional Brain: A User’s Guide

7 Habits of a peaceful and productive mind

The 7 Habits of a Peaceful and Productive Mind

How to Fall Asleep Fast with Deliberate Worry

How to Fall Asleep Fast with Deliberate Worry

How to find a side project you're passionate about

How to Find a Side Project You’re Passionate About

Bootstrapping Motivation Nick Wignall

Bootstrapping Motivation

The secret to productive mornings

The Secret to Becoming an Annoyingly Productive Early Morning Person

Momento Contendere suffering

Momento Contendere: Why We Should Intentionally Anticipate Our Struggles

Fall Asleep Fast Cat

2 Proven Tactics to Fall Asleep Fast

Mindfulness cupcake

Ordinary Mindfulness: How to Be More Mindful in Everyday Life

Sticking With mindfulness

3 Tips for Building a Mindfulness Practice That Lasts

Digital Declutter Experiment

The 30-Day Digital Declutter

Feeling Bad

In Defense of Feeling Bad

Sabotage Your Progress

How to Sabotage Your New Year’s Resolutions

Mental math for mental health

Rethinking Mental Math

Beginner's Guide to Insomnia

A Beginner’s Guide to Insomnia

Daddy Issues Daddy habits

When Daddy Issues Are Really Daddy Habits

mindfulness explanation

No Seriously, What is Mindfulness?