The idea we should dispense with goals and focus on systems has taken the productivity-sphere by storm, but it's a terrible strategy for accomplishing anything interesting.
If you care about buying free range, ethically sourced meat, a hunted animal is as free range and ethically sourced as it gets.
If someone is bragging about how hard they're working, you can be sure their business is failing.
For my first company, I raised $25,000 from investors after spending months courting and pitching them. Now, I realize there's a faster, much better way to do it.
Liar’s Poker is a card game based on probability, memory, and deception. It can be played with 2 or more people, with 8 being a good maximum. 4-6 is ideal, in which case a game typically lasts 20-45 minutes.
How we grew our content marketing agency from zero to $100k MRR in one year, where we're going from here, and some advice for other agency or service business owners.
I stopped using shampoo (and conditioner) two years ago. Here's what happened, what I've seen change in my hair, and how you can quit shampoo yourself.
I’ve been using WordPress for 4 years, but now I’ve moved this site, and am moving my other sites, exclusively to Webflow. Here’s why.
The complete system I use to stay productive, starting from the macro goal setting level down to the daily habits that keep me on track.
For every person so intolerant of other views that they block you on Facebook, there are two or more others who will think “finally someone said something.
With fewer than half of major psychology studies failing reproduction, it's not crazy to assume a new psych study is more likely to be false than true.
Including finding a supplier, setting up the online store, packaging and preparing the initial products, designing the blog to drive sales, and launching!
The easy step by step recipe guide to make delicious bulletproof tea to perk you up in the morning, support ketosis, and prevent you from getting the dreaded caffeine crash.
Quitting Facebook does actually matter. It sends the message that companies can’t, and shouldn’t, try to have that much power over our lives. If Facebook thinks they can keep focusing on addiction, ad revenue, and data collection with no consequences, they’ll keep doing it.
While I still feel unqualified to tell you how to write better, I decided it could be helpful if I shared the advice that’s helped me improve.
Today is my 25th birthday, so I thought it would be fun to reflect on a few lessons I’ve (hopefully) learned this year. A “year-in-review” post with less of the “look how much money I made.”
If you grew up in rural North Dakota with a dozen mates your age, and no intentions of leaving the lovely Billings County, you’d feel perfectly comfortable getting married in your early 20s.
Follow these five rules, and you should have no problem getting into and staying into ketosis. The first week might be a little rough, but after that you’ll find it’s a surprisingly easy diet to live on.
A model for how to improve our thinking. For how to be a little less dumb, naive, or mistaken. How to broaden our perspectives, learn more effectively, and accelerate personal development.
This year I read 60-65 books. You can find get my notes from all of them, and these were my favorite 12 that I’d highly recommend anyone read next year.
You can use the Internet to teach yourself anything. This exercise will help you figure out exactly what skill, or skills, you should focus on.
Unless we want to become info-obese, unable to resist the tasty clickbait in front of us, we’ll need to fight our evolutionary tendencies.
These are the must-read books for college students, high school students, and any young adult trying to take more control of their life.
This systems makes productivity effortless. It minimizes the amount of self-control you need to do your best work. It makes productivity a habit.
What we need is a reliable system for clarifying big life goals, and then breaking them down into manageable pieces. A template for maintaining high output.
Now that I’ve gone through it twice, I’ve figured out a step-by-step method you can follow to easily start, record, edit, and publish your own podcast.
The exact exercises, tactics and techniques you can use to train yourself to last 20 minutes or longer in bed naturally, in just a few minutes a day.
A perpetual cycle of constant learning and improvement, where you never have to stop improving your abilities or stagnate at a learning plateau.
Any time not spent improving the weakest part of your skill is a waste. When you see you’re stuck, start improving the weakest part of your skillset.
What I designed is a motivation machine, a reliable system you can use where any goal you desire will be started and completed.
In a world of infinite opportunities, one great business challenge is picking which opportunities to go after.
Negative exercise can explain why some people manage to gain weight, or at least not lose much weight when starting an exercise routine.
At one point, Facebook was fun and exciting to use, but for many, it’s now somewhere between a compelled membership and a guilty addiction.
When your life can be spent partying for free on the Las Vegas strip, it’s hard to choose to go to the library instead.
For 120 hours, I didn't have a single calorie of food. I lost weight, cleaned out my system, and felt awesome. Here's why.
Unfortunately, most people spend their days obsessed with what other people are thinking about them, never realizing that no one is thinking about them.
Trying to learn more about cryptocurrencies and the blockchain but not sure where to start? Here's a great collection of articles and white papers to guide you.
From moving around so much, and having to quickly get situated and comfortable in new cities, I’ve become somewhat of an expert at moving to a new city.
With incentives that decrease the quality of reporting to the point of being fake, the problem won't go away. We must be better consumers of information.
If you're starting learning marketing, or have been doing it for years and are looking to improve your mental models, here are the best books I’ve found.
An easy way to invest in a collection of cryptocurrencies over time to spread out your risk, and still capture the long term gains in the market.
How to quit or take time off college, with no risk, with your parents being okay with it, and while still getting closer to graduating.
This gives us a meta-mental model. The question you should be asking yourself as you read, or decide to read anything.
I’d expect that anyone could take a gameplan like this and go from zero to hireable digital marketer in 6 months or less, so long as you work hard at it and don’t get too distracted.
If an idea or some research offends you, that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. We have to assess whatever information we have regardless of how painful it is.
Done properly, it can lead to tens or hundreds of thousands potential new customers a month, arriving at your site naturally instead of by ads.
If we had had to wait for a car, we would have been disappointed by the wait, but by having no expectation of a ride, we were never upset about the wait.
Once you’ve read Letters, Meditations, Discourses, and Enchiridion, try these ones to broaden your introduction to practical philosophy.
When you define yourself by an ideology, you look to that ideology to form your opinions, instead of forming your opinions yourself.
Plenty of blogs, including this one, do well without any clearly defined niche. You can make it work too, so long as it fits with your goals.
Study it, internalize it, return to it, keep pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone, and in time, you’ll become a true master of your craft.
These are ways to give yourself constraints, feedback, new challenges, and make sure that you never hit a learning plateau again.
I’ve been trying to find a more rigorous way to define different skill levels and how to move between them, and I think I’ve found it in the Dreyfus model.
There's no reason to wait till you're older or richer to experience long-term travel and working on your own projects.
The typical investment advice is smart for most people, but the question you have to ask yourself, is could you double your money in 10 years on your own?
30 styles you can use in your own photography to ensure good composition.
Learning how to do kegels will help you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to beat premature ejaculation, avoid erectile dysfunction, and have stronger erections.
Exactly how to do the #1 BEST exercise for increasing your stamina in bed and giving you more control over your ejaculation.
When you dig into it, there’s no reason to use so much soap if you still look and smell fine without it and if you’re not getting sick.
So many of us have gotten into lazy habits of thinking where we throw away opinions that don’t fit our pre-existing views, and we need to fix it.
Taking direct action is harder than sitting back and hoping other people will change, but it’s the only way to have control of your life.
If you go through this routine and at the end you still want to feel upset, anxious, annoyed, or whatever else, go ahead. But I’m confident you won’t.
What do you do if you’re a student or recent grad who feels like they don’t fit in the world of grades, lecture halls, and one size fits all careers?
There’s no shortage of students with good grades, but there’s a massive shortage of students with marketable skills.
Soylent claims to be a healthy alternative to normal food, but when we dig in on why they think it's healthy, there's a lot to be suspicious about.
120 years ago, John Harvey Kellogg invented corn flakes to keep people from masturbating, and we've kept the "breakfast is important" myth ever since.
Even if you carry a notebook, you might end up forgetting an idea or two. Fortunately, these tactics will help you get them back.
Long-term travel and passive income, despite the incredible appeal, aren’t ends in themselves. They’re tools for something else.
From October to December last year, I did maybe 20 hours of work. Not 20 hours of work per week, but 20 hours total, over the course of those 12 weeks.
These are the tactics that have worked for me, and on me, and I’m confident that if you used them with me or anyone else you’d get a good result.
An extremely simple tactic to get those :amazing: Slack emoji commands everywhere on your Mac. Even for custom emojis!
It’s a way to immediately cure anxiety, impostor syndrome, fear, stage fright, and other negative emotions brought on by some form of public performance.
Here’s a simple heuristic for judging the value of information. The more ephemeral a piece of information is, the less likely it is to be valuable.
5 extremely simple rules for eating healthy, based on 2 million years of biology. It's the only diet you or I will ever need.
In March of 2015, I became a best-selling author. Hearing just that, what all did you assume?
If there were college courses on sex, the first few weeks would be spent on the details of the labia minora instead of, you know, actually having sex.
Looking for a good holiday read, or gift for a fellow book-lover? Here are the 12 best books I found and read in 2016.
What would this site look like if it were a physical space, instead of a 2D series of pages?
There’s no use to being in an emotional frenzy, especially one you’ve been pulled into by media and other people’s inability to control their feelings.
Microdosing involves taking small doses of psychedelics to gain some of the benefits without getting the full hallucinatory trip. Here's what it feels like.
Why I'm jumping into VR development, the massive opportunity for getting into it right now, and some thoughts on how you can too.
Instead of saying “I need to make as much as possible,” use the guide in this article to figure out how much you actually need to make.
Are you hesitant because it’s truly risky? Or are you hesitant because it’s challenging and you don’t know where to start?
Your goal shouldn't be to become bolder and more of a risk taker. Instead, you need to learn how to accurately assess risk, since we so often do.
The words you choose affect how you think and live. When something bad happens and you describe yourself as feeling “fucking annoyed” instead of “peeved,” you feel different. Seriously, try it now.
How to grow a site from zero to 2 million views in 2 years by following a few key tactics, including evergreen content, not being a charlatan, and SEO.
Next time you say you want to do [something], think seriously about where you truly want to "do" it, or if you want to "have done" it.
Think carefully before doubling down on your next project. You only get to do that so many times, and you'd hate to run out of opportunities.
What was a lofty goal a few years ago has finally happened: I achieved the 4-Hour Workweek. But what came with it is a feeling of loss and confusion.
This is the only way to do intense, sustained, productive work long term and not be miserable.
Many of us think drugs are bad and scary. But many are less harmful and addictive than alcohol. How can we more reasonably decide what's bad for us?
The problems we think are hard and complex (fitness, productivity, sleep, work, etc.) are secretly simple. But only once we decomplicate them.
The Internet is a better place without email popups. Here's how to make sure they never bother you again.
The tendency to feel like once we’ve spent money (or any resource) on something we must earn back our investment impacts our decision-making in all walks of life. And, sadly, it can lead to significant losses of time, money, health, and happiness.
If they took a step back and assessed the situation without blinders on, they could do much better, but they’re trapped in the “huckster mindset.”
Once you do this, you’ll find it significantly easier to stay focused on the big tasks at hand, without worrying about all the little things.
If you have some experience taking advantage of your money in creative ways, then maybe this strategy is for you.
In many cases, the key to getting more done is simply a matter of removing these fauxductive habits, or significantly reducing the time we spend on them.
The exact steps we followed to build a lifestyle business in 5 months and make $58,150 in the process, so you can follow and implement them yourself.
In any situation where a single event can create massive good luck, you simply need to maximize your exposure to possible good luck situations and wait for one to come along.
To last longer in bed, you should practice kegels and reverse kegels. Stamena is the best kegal app, teaching one easy exercise that you can do anywhere!
I’ve resisted sharing this for a while...
Unfollow the industry blogs, stop reading the newspaper, don’t go on site aggregators, quit it. It’s all fauxductivity and wasting your time with useless information that will only cause decision paralysis, self-doubt, and decreased confidence in your existing decisions.
Going against some of the traditional productivity advice, try cutting these things out of your schedule to gain more time for creation.
If you’re doing anything remotely creative, then I suggest creating your own order instead of schedule. Let your body and mind dictate when you move to the next stage, not an artificial indicator (calendars).
Exactly what causes a hangover, and a few simple things you can do to make sure you are preventing hangovers from this day forward.
I showed up for my Freshman year of college interested in starting my own business before I graduated, and then my peers beat a bit of that spirit out of me
Make sure you're ready for your next lucky night out by timing your masturbation and testosterone like a pro.
Salary is incredibly deceptive, and should not factor into your decision-making in what job you take. Instead, you should think about your savable income.
“Today is the day I let you go… You need to do your own thing, and I’m helping you do that."
A "pivotal" book, once you've put it down, has changed your way of thinking forever. Here's my list, what's on yours?
The runway calculator tells you exactly how your savings will change if you travel to any city in the world for long periods. Perfect for digital nomads.
Whether you’ve had kombucha before, or you’re curious about trying it for the first time, this guide will take you from 0 to delicious kombucha in a week.
There’s something important that you and a dog have in common. It’s not being soft and wonderful to cuddle with (though I’m sure you are). It’s not the tendency to hump random people’s legs (hopefully). It’s that you both need an afternoon walk.
We don’t want to hear “well, you’re going to have to pick a skill, get insanely good at it, work really hard for 20 years, and then you’ll be successful.”
This post covers the Best Sex Positions for Men, awesome techniques and more to achieve multiple orgasms during sex.
All of the reasons you should ditch your car, from cost savings, to reducing your moral risk, to making you happier, and less likely to get a heart attack
A proven system for planning and achieving your goals, with a template spreadsheet to help you follow through.
In college, everyone wants to know what kind of work you're doing post-graduation. The more important question to ask yourself is: 'what do I want in life?'
A Second-Degree Dinner is the best way to meet interesting new people in your city by leveraging your existing friend networks.
You can reduce how much you use of any resource in your life by reducing the supply of it that you have access to.
The steps to follow to start having multiple non-ejaculatory orgasms during masturbation, foreplay, and sex as a man, without the woo-woo nonsense.
When you’re unaware of Imagined Scarcity, you unnecessarily fear loss and overvalue new things. But, by being aware of it, you can shift how you think in two key ways...
Most people quickly forget info from books they read, but with this method, you can make sure you never forget the important points of every book.
If you want to make sure you're always growing and improving, what can you do to avoid getting stuck on a growth plateau?
Learn how to how to go to sleep earlier and wake up early every morning, how your lifestyle affects your sleep, and how to harness sleep for top performance
We're fraught with mental biases that hurt our decision making and act against our best interests. Here's how you can start to fix it.
A complete guide to investing in your 20s so that you never have to worry about money later in life.
There is a world of work options out there, all providing a greater degree of personal freedom than corporate work. Here's how to get started.
We overvalue local maxima, and that overvaluation creates unnecessarily steep competition on narrow planes and sub-optimal outcomes for everyone involved.
Your operating system determines your effectiveness in everything you do. You have to refine it before you can hope to learn or do anything effectively.
You need to read a lot. You can’t just read a little. If you only read a little, it creates problems. Let me explain.
A resolution is, by definition, vague and immediate, which means it's also destined to fail.
You'll have no idea what's going on in the world aside from what other people tell you, and that's perfectly okay.
Changing your life is no different than changing your sheets. It's something you choose to do, and if you don't know how, you figure it out.
Most people have a bad mental image of meditation, but odds are someone you look up to professionally is already taking advantage of it.
Exercise has been complicated by people who profits from making it seem harder than it is. This routine makes it easy to start working out and stick to it.
A minute by minute look of how coffee can help you get a ton done... then completely destroy your productivity.
A method for quickly and cheaply testing any company idea, based on a gag company for sending fraternities party supplies each month
As you adopt more of these principles, you’ll find you have a lot more time than you thought you did, and much more mental energy. When you’re not wasting decision-making power on minutia, you open yourself up to make much better decisions in the process.
What if, for everything changeable in our lives, instead of assuming we’re on the surface, we assume we’re 120 feet underwater?
You don’t need to rely on others for your education. We probably did 20 years ago, but we simply don’t anymore, and the sooner we learn to self-educate effectively the sooner we can master whatever interests us.
I had to get out of the bad habit of trying every single popular new app out there to see if it fits into my workflow, or can help me get more things done. If you’re reading this you might have the same habit.
Evidence that gluten is bad for you in mounting. So I tried eating a no gluten diet for one month - and I was surprised with the results.
I was recently part of a week-long event where it was useful to memorize 80+ people’s names extremely quickly. I mentioned the idea of trying to memorize all of their names over a weekend casually to a friend, and when he challenged me that he didn’t think I could do it I of course had to.
All of the digital literature on mentorship is about how to provide value, how to cold call, how to network, etc. This won’t cover any of that. This is how to make anyone your mentor. Whether they want to or not. whether they’re alive or not.