How to Get Healthier

We’ve spent the last few weeks reviewing what we’ve learned around these parts in 2018.

We started with some big picture lessons on life planning, personal finance basics, and time management and productivity. Then we went into happiness and the intersection of money and happiness.

June was an exploration into how to live a healthier life. It was also a bit different from our other topics. Continue reading “How to Get Healthier”

Better Life – Third Quarter Update

2018 is a year of self-improvement.

I’m spending each month exploring a different area of life and figuring out how best to improve and optimize.

As of the last quarterly update we had covered life planning, personal finance basics, time management, the science of happiness, money and happiness, and health.

Since then, we’ve added philosophy and happiness, investing and the economy, and relationships.

Let’s check in for the third quarter update. Continue reading “Better Life – Third Quarter Update”

Better Life – Second Quarter Update

2018 is a year of self-improvement.

I’m spending each month exploring a different area of life and figuring out how best to improve and optimize.

So far we’ve covered life planning, personal finance basics, time management, the science of happiness, money and happiness, and health.

We’re halfway through the year, so it’s time for a quarterly check in. Continue reading “Better Life – Second Quarter Update”

Go To Bed. Seriously.

We can’t leave our month of talking about health without hitting on sleep.

We already looked at sleep in the context of productivity and time management. There are lots of great productivity reasons that you should sleep more and lots of research showing that skipping sleep to work more doesn’t actually result in more work getting done.

But there are also a lot of health benefits to getting sufficient sleep, so we’re revisiting it today. Continue reading “Go To Bed. Seriously.”

Experiments in Eating Better

Focusing on my health was never really a priority for me. That is, of course, a privilege for which I have been quite lucky. My health has always been good enough that it never had to be a priority. 

However, if I’m spending 2018 working on improving myself, then health deserves some attention. 

Nutrition has always been my weakest area, so we’re starting there.

Continue reading “Experiments in Eating Better”

Planning for Better Health

We’re spending the month of June exploring health.

Specifically, we’re going to spend much of it looking at nutrition and exercise.

I explained in the last post that this month will be from a more experiential viewpoint than previous months. With that in mind, it would probably be useful for me to let you know the starting point and the plan.

Continue reading “Planning for Better Health”

Sleep Your Way to the Top

During this year of improvement, we are taking the month of March to explore time management. Once you’ve tracked your time, set your priorities, and scheduled a bit of unscheduled time, then it is on to getting the most out of whatever is left.

When trying to find more time for something you want to do, the easiest approach is to take time away from something else.

Sleep takes up hours of our day every single day.

These two facts make it tempting (and common) to try to get more done by sleeping less.

While this may make sense intuitively, research shows that it is actually making things much worse. Continue reading “Sleep Your Way to the Top”

When Clickbait Kills

Some articles have been making the rounds on Facebook about a new study on the effects of flu shots on pregnant women. The headlines are bold:

Miscarriages Linked to Flu Vaccine

Annual Flu Shots Linked to Increased Risk of Miscarriage

Alarming Study Links Flu Shot with Early Miscarriage

Could Flu Shots Lead to Miscarriage?

Continue reading “When Clickbait Kills”

Drink More Water for a More Productive Day

This week we’re looking at simple ways to increase your productivity. These are tips that are easy to overlook, but that should not be underestimated.

On Tuesday we explored the power of writing everything down.

Today, we’re going even simpler. Drink more water.

Continue reading “Drink More Water for a More Productive Day”