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Backcasting and premortems encourage us to work backwards mentally from success and failure. Here’s why they can help improve our creativity.
Psychology research suggests that “flow” activities can help keep us healthy and happy. Here’s how to find yourself in the zone more often.
Mental models can help us think and understand the world better. Here are some of the best mental models for decision making and innovation.
Clutter has a wide range of costs for our well-being. Now, more than ever, we need to understand those costs and take action.
Confirmation bias is perhaps the most dangerous of all our thinking errors. In a world of information abundance, we need tools to reduce it.
Positive psychology is teaching us more about the foundations of a happy, fulfilled life. Here are 5 must-read ideas from the field.
Mastering the world of cognitive biases can open the door to better judgements and better habits. Here’s the only introduction to cognitive biases that you need.
Three important trends underline the importance of financial independence more than ever. And everyone should be awake to them.
The Feynman technique is a highly effective mental model to learn and understand concepts. These are the four steps to follow.
Modern routines can be a force for mental rigidity. Here’s what the research tells us about how to improve our cognitive flexibility and creativity.
The research tells us that autonomy can make us feel and perform better. So how can we find more of it in our work and personal lives?
Our obsession with streaks can be a force for good or bad. Here’s why streaks play such a powerful role in our psychology.
Leisure statistics paint a mixed picture on how we are allocating our time and how we might allocate it better.
Self-Determination Theory points to three intrinsic needs which underpin our intrinsic motivation. Here’s why we should all be aiming for them.
We are powered by cycles, but our routines often fail to respect this reality. Here’s why we need to think, work and rest in cycles.
If you’re interested in minimalism but not sure where to begin, why not try a 30-day minimalism experiment?
The health risks of loneliness pose one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. Finding a personal balance is more pressing than ever.
Commitment devices are an effective tool to form lasting new habits and kick old ones into the turf. Here’s how to use them.
Attempts to resolve the dissonance between effort and results can lead to years of misplaced energy. Here are some ideas to avoid this trap.
Conspicuous consumption is paradoxically biased towards poorer income groups. Research offers some lessons on where this trend may take us.
Survivorship bias can lead us down a road of years of wasted time and money. And we may be more susceptible to it than ever before.
Compound interest is perhaps the most fundamental of all personal finance principles. Here’s an introduction to the concept.
A social media detox can bring about renewed focus and clarity. Here are the steps, the benefits and the takeaways from my own experience.
Inversion can help us see and solve problems differently by reversing the way in which we think about them.
Geographic arbitrage can dramatically shift the calculations on financial independence. Here’s how it works.
The psychology of anchoring and adjustment can undermine our spending decisions, negotiations and relationships. But it’s also an underestimated opportunity.
Hanlon’s razor reminds us to avoid attributing behaviour to malice where it can be adequately explained by neglect or stupidity.
Everybody would benefit by maintaining a version of this simple personal finance chart. It is the road to financial independence in two lines.
At last, the open-plan office is nearing its end. Here’s why the research shows us that’s something we should celebrate.
Hindsight bias suggests that with the passing of time we are likely to see our predictions more favourably. Here’s how to avoid this trap.
How can we delay gratification for our own good? And why does it matter? A growing body of academic research offers some important answers.
Conventional advice on minimalism is reductive and implicitly tied with privilege. Here’s how zero-based minimalism moves the starting blocks.
The psychology of the default effect can be a powerful tool in our financial arsenal. But only when we put it to the right use.
Deliberate practice is enhanced by the science-backed benefits of deliberate napping. Now is the time to embrace “the 24-Minute Rule”.
To get up time and time again in the face of adversity, we must move from learned helplessness to learned optimism. Here’s how.
What is the secret to finding purpose in everyday work? And are we looking in the right place? Here’s what the research tells us.
With recent extreme volatility on financial markets in mind, here are six principles for preparing and coping with volatility and uncertainty in investing.
An understanding of hyperbolic discounting can unleash improved decisions across all aspects of our lives. Our future rewards depend on it.
Minimalism is about much more than our stuff. Breaking down this common perception requires a deeper look at the layers of less.
Decluttering our physical spaces can be a battle against our innate psychology. To win this battle, we must first honestly call out the enemy.
In times of crisis, some take their information consumption up a notch, and some bury their heads in the sand. The case for the middle ground has never been more important.
Modern technologies allow for the rapid spread of emotional contagion. In the face of an evolving global crisis, this may do more harm than good.
Our brains play a powerful adaptive role in the formation of habits. Here’s the science and how to use it to your advantage.
We are losing the precious ability to be alone with our thoughts, and with it foregoing the vast benefits of solitude. Here’s how we get it back.
The sunk cost fallacy can wreak havoc on attempts at minimalism, from our stuff through to our relationships. Here’s how to counter it.
A simple guide to achieving financial independence for those new to the world of personal finance.
The benefits of walking go beyond well-documented physical health benefits. Research now identifies benefits for creativity, cognition, and productivity.
The contrast effect can play havoc with our personal finances, productivity, relationships and health. But it can also be a force for good.
Through visualising our activities by importance and urgency, the Eisenhower matrix can help us reconfigure our priorities for long-term personal growth.
The Dunning-Kruger effect can help us make sense of the gap between self-assessments of competence and reality.
Dunbar’s number offers some intriguing lessons on our social lives. Monkeys, it turns out, may just provide the education we need to rethink our relationships.
What do rabbits in Australia, digital communications and financial independence have in common? The answer: they all provide examples of unintended consequences.
Statistics show that job-hopping generally brings higher salary increases – but that’s not where the benefits end.
Most of us will fail to achieve our New Year’s resolutions. Here’s what science tells us about how to improve our odds this time around.
Recognising the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic goals can help us prioritise aspirations that leave us happier and more motivated. Here’s how.
New experiences can have a powerful psychological effect, from increasing happiness to boosting creativity. And the best bit: their benefits needn’t cost a penny.
Coupled with real-world evidence, psychology research offers some interesting insights about effectively reducing our debts. Some may surprise you.
What is the psychology that underpins our procrastination? And how can we flip the script to make our time more productive?
An abundance mindset is an essential feature of minimalism. Here’s why – and what you can do about it.
The endowment effect can be an obstacle to a minimalist lifestyle, as well as inhibiting financial decisions. So what is it? And how can we control it?
Psychology research is increasingly identifying authenticity as a leading predictor of well-being and happiness. But what makes someone authentic? And how can we foster authenticity?
Minimalism helps us focus on what we truly value, but it also provides significant benefits for our money. Here are 7 ways minimalism can bolster your personal finances.
There is no silver bullet for early financial independence, but these three investment focal points can accelerate your income and speed up your financial freedom.
As more information than imaginable battles for our scarce attention, attention economics offers up some simple lessons for modern life.
A serious minimalist mindset should carefully consider how we invest our time and energy in life. Our relationships cannot be immune to such scrutiny.
The research is abundantly clear: a long commute kills. So why do we do it? And how can we change our commutes for the better?
Newfound money can cast a strange spell over our decisions, especially when we don’t feel like we’ve earned it ourselves. To break the spell, your money must feel like your money.
Ever wondered how to measure your work-life balance? Introducing the CRAP Factor: a simple formula to assess your work-life balance (or imbalance) – and then do something about it.
Positive psychology research suggests gratitude has some remarkable benefits for our mental and physical well-being.
Psychology plays a critical role in our investing decisions. Whether investing money or time, we’re often victims of cognitive biases. These 6 reasons for investing are tell-tale signs you’ve fallen into one of the traps.
Deep work offers huge benefits for those who can master it. But deep play can be its underestimated partner. The collective force of both has the potential to make us richer and happier in the 21st century.
The green-eyed monster of financial envy can take hold of us all. Here’s the one thing you should do to tame the monster and quit keeping up with the Joneses for good.
In an age of impaired attention and abundant distraction, minimalism offers some important lessons for our communication. Sometimes, in a world full of noise, brevity speaks volumes.
The four percent rule is a well-documented basis for retirement portfolio withdrawals. It’s even become a cornerstone of financial independence planning for many. But how useful and relevant is it in reality? And what risks does it bring?
In the demands of the modern world, we are convincing ourselves we’re getting more done by multitasking. But scientific research reveals a very different take: one in which multitasking harms our productivity, creativity and even our neurology – and where monotasking wins the day.
Putting minimalism into practice is easier said than done, but the rewards can be significant. Adopting a few practical principles can transform your focus. Here are six practical minimalism approaches I’ve used to effect change in my own life.
Without proper attention, grocery costs can quickly become a serious drag on our wealth accumulation. Here are 11 easy ideas to save money on your groceries.
Our relationship with work has changed dramatically over the last century. But what exactly has gone wrong? And despite all the noise out there, are we really working too much?
The choice between paying off a mortgage early or putting spare cash towards financial investments is a battle between emotional intuition and financial logic. Consider the advantages and disadvantages carefully before making any decision.
The neurological evidence on mindfulness meditation should be enough to convince even the biggest sceptics to give it a shot. Here are five research-backed reasons to start today.
Without proper recognition of the power of rest, the narrative of getting up earlier to get more done can be dangerous and self-defeating. With a properly adjusted sleeping routine, on the other hand, the benefits of early mornings can be lifechanging.
Stocks and property are perhaps the two most popular passive income investment strategies. But before directing cash to them, it’s important to understand their risks and limitations, as well as the potential passive income benefits.
Our upbringing, our social circles during childhood and even our genetics can contribute to our attitudes to money. But just how much of our saving habits today can we attribute to these factors? And are we really in part pre-programmed to our financial paths?
Lifestyle inflation defers our financial freedom. By taking the right approach to controlling it, we can greatly improve our financial futures without compromising our enjoyment in the present.
Smartphones are harming our levels of productivity. What’s more, our new habits are eating into our time and even damaging our health. Something must give. This is how we’re going wrong – and what we must do about it.
Making time for everything we want to achieve in a day can sometimes feel impossible. Here are a few things we can do to significantly shift the odds in our favour.
Identifying how much cash is enough for our emergency funds is not always straightforward. To avoid the perils of too little or too much cash, here’s some guidance to help determine the right amount for you.
Academic research has long sought to explore a link between money and happiness. But can money really buy happiness? And what are the implications on our own relationships with money?
In 2008 we faced one of the deepest global recessions in economic history. Now, a distorted global recovery and the inevitable nature of economic cycles leave us imminently facing another. This one could be even worse – and we need to be prepared for it.
In the most choice-abundant time in our history, the quality of our decisions is suffering. Minimalism can help us simplify, de-clutter and ultimately make better decisions.
Data on the average net worth of individuals in different age groups in the UK provides some revealing insights about the make-up of our personal finances. But what lessons can we glean from it for our own personal finance journeys?
When we enter a supermarket, we are unwittingly subjected to the result of decades of psychology research on consumer behaviour. But just what tricks of the mind are they up to? And what can you do to avoid their spending traps?
A body of behavioural economics and psychology research offers some interesting lessons on how we can foster a savings mind-set – and maybe even unthinkingly become more productive and healthier with it.
Your approach to salary negotiations could be the decisive factor in earning hundreds of thousands of dollars of additional income over your working life. Here are three key principles for cashing in on your full potential from negotiations.
Properly tracking your income, expenditure and investment performance can provide transformative insights and opportunities on the journey to early financial independence.
Putting a room or space in your home up for rent can be a great source of additional income as you work towards financial independence. Here are some important things to consider before you get started.