James Thomson

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How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book”

By Ryan Holiday,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1dMrRKX<p>The other day I was reading a book and I came across a little anecdote. It was about the …

Overworked And Overwhelmed? Use These Mindfulness Secrets To Restore Balance In 2015

<i>“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle, as quoted by Scott Eblin, author of “Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative“</i><p>Stress and burnout are an all-too-frequent condition for executives, and especially for entrepreneurs. But feeling …

Get Better at Getting Better: The Kaizen Productivity Philosophy

Most productivity methods give you tools to tackle specific projects or to-dos in an organized way. Kaizen, which translates roughly to "good …

Concerns, complaints, conflict and the agile team

There are always people who complain. As I am in a ‘leader’ position and have been for a few years now, often people come to me to complain about …

Avoid Emotional Snacking by Listing What You Really Want In Your Life

Sometimes when something doesn't go your way, you may try to make it all better by scouring your kitchen for some comfort food. Before you go …

How to Stop Being Lazy and Get More Done: 5 Expert Tips

Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting.<p><b>We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done.</b> I certainly …

Train Yourself to be a More Authentic Person by Keeping a Journal

Authenticity can be tough to develop in a world of quick meetings and email, but one way to help you get better at coming across more authentic is …

2 Things Great Leaders Do When They Give Feedback

Managers give the most useful feedback on the fly, not from a script. But how they deliver it is just as important, says author and professor Brené Brown.<p>As a rule, great feedback can't be rehearsed, according to Brené Brown.<p>Brown, a University of Houston professor and author of "Daring Greatly," …

Relax, You Have 168 Hours This Week

There are 168 hours in a week; this is immutable truth. That sounds like a lot, but is it really enough time to cover the demands of a successful career, family involvement, and everything else that makes up a fulfilling life? Let’s do the back-of-the-envelope calculation.<p>Starting with those 168 …

Marcus Aurelius: Debts and Lessons

Marcus Aurelius has been read for 1800 or so years now and he’s arguably just as relevant today as he was when he was ruler of the Roman …

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

Why We Ignore the Obvious: The Psychology of Willful Blindness

<i>“Keep your baby eyes (which are the eyes of genius) on what we don’t know,”</i> pioneering investigative journalist Lincoln Steffens wrote in a beautiful 1926 letter of life-advice to his baby son. And yet the folly of the human condition is precisely that we can’t know what we don’t know — as E.F. …

Celebrated Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

<i>“You want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you,”</i> Madeleine L’Engle counseled in her advice to aspiring writers. W.H. Auden once described his journal as <i>“a discipline for [his] laziness and lack of observation.”</i><p>Journaling, I believe, is a …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

The Life of the Mind: Hannah Arendt on Thinking vs. Knowing and the Crucial Difference Between Truth and Meaning

In 1973, <b>Hannah Arendt</b> became the first woman to speak at the prestigious Gifford Lectures — an annual series established in 1888 aiming “to promote and diffuse the study of natural theology in the widest sense of the term,” bridging science, philosophy, and spirituality, an ancient quest of …

Is It Worth the Time?

How long can you work on making a routine task more efficient before you're spending more time than you save? (Across five years) [[A table, with the …

Marcus Aurelius on What His Father Taught Him About Humility, Honor, Kindness, and Integrity

<b>Marcus Aurelius</b> is considered the last of Ancient Rome’s Five Good Emperors, but he is perhaps best remembered for his contributions to philosophy as one of the most influential Stoics. His proto-blog <b>Meditations</b> (<i>public library</i>; <i>free download</i>) is as much a portal into his inner life as a record of …

The Science of Conquering Your Greatest Fears

Many things scare me: the huge rock at the bottom of Boulder Garden on Colorado’s Gunnison River that has flipped my kayak numerous times; the chutes off the stormy top of the Big Sky tram; sullen men with clubs who lurk in Kenya’s Ngong Hills (I met them a while back).<p>Can a scientist in an …

Live Like a Hydra

Thoughts on how to get stronger when things are chaotic.<p><i>If you’re familiar with the idea of antifragility, skip to</i> <b>#2</b><i>.</i><p>#1 What is antifragility?<p>I’ve …