Top 10 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Getting Rid of Clutter Once and For All

4. Thank Your Items for Their Service (Then Give Them Away) Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, offers this strange but effective tactic: Say goodbye and thank you to items that you need to let go of. Sometimes sentimentality is the root of a lot of clutter, so think utility […]

An Addict’s Guide to Overcoming the Distraction Habit – Early To Rise

Once you’re aware of the distractions and urges, you can start to examine the causes. After hours of following temptations online (learning all about cycling and programming, for example), I stopped and asked myself, “What’s this all about?” It was about fear — the fear I didn’t know what I was doing and was going […]

What I Learned from a Week Away from Tech Distractions

I recently visited family in a semi-remote area of Montana. Remote enough that author Max Brooks deems it as one of the only safe zones for people in the zombie apocalypse novel, World War Z. This wasn’t a vacation, though. I did my normal work routine and clocked my normal hours, but they felt different. […]

Early Retirement is an Impossible Dream for Most

How could anyone possibly complain about having money problems, while simultaneously paying tens or hundreds of dollars per month to have passive video entertainment and commercials streamed into their house? People are simultaneously robbing themselves of money and the necessary mental quiet time that is a prerequisite to getting ahead – building skills, meeting people, getting better jobs or starting […]

Replacing Twitter with Phone Calls: An Adventure in Unplugging – 99U

Each time we check a Twitter feed or Facebook update, we encounter something novel and feel more connected socially… and get another dollop of reward hormones. But remember, it is the dumb, novelty-seeking portion of the brain driving the limbic system that induces this feeling of pleasure, not the planning, scheduling, higher-level thought centers in […]

Ten Strategies for Beating a Spending Addiction – The Simple Dollar

Many of the strategies for defeating a spending addiction are pretty similar to those that you use to defeat any other addiction. It starts with honesty with yourself and builds to having responsibility toward others and having a plan in place to keep yourself honest. Overcoming a spending addiction is one of the most powerful […]