June 2017: “Commitment Devices”

Title: Commitment Devices Activity: Use a commitment device to help achieve an important, difficult goal. Background: A commitment device is a tool set in place by individuals in the present to help their future selves achieve goals that otherwise would be difficult to accomplish. When talking about achieving goals, in economics we often refer to Time Inconsistency, a concept explaining... Continue Reading →

May 2017: “Making your Bed”

Title: Making your Bed Activity: Make your bed every morning Science: This simple task has been shown to have positive effects in three important aspects of well-being: happiness, sleep, and productivity. According to a survey of 68,000 people by Hunch.com, only 27% of people make their beds in the morning (59% of people don't make their beds and 12% pay... Continue Reading →

March 2017: “Disconnecting Before Sleep”

Title: Disconnecting Before Sleep Activity: Do not use your phone for 30+ minutes before going to sleep. To aid in this, set your alarm for the next day and charge your phone, ideally out of reach from your bed. Science: Recently, there's been a lot of research and discussion around improving sleep patterns and our dependence... Continue Reading →

Feb 2017: “Habit Forming”

Title: Habit Forming Activity: Decide on 3-6 habits you would like to form or goals you would like to achieve. Break down each habit or goal into a short title (e.g. meditate) and a short description (e.g. meditate for 10 minutes every day). Track each habit/goal every day for one month. Science: Understanding the science behind... Continue Reading →

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