Meditating person sitting in front of the Sun

How to form a new habit

Over the past year or so, I’ve formed many new habits. Some formed naturally; others took effort. I’m particularly pleased that I now meditate every weekday and that habit certainly took effort. For those habits

Empty airport terminal

Spending the night at Starbucks

Sometime in 2008 I visited a friend in Providence, Rhode Island. We went to high school together in Hong Kong and we were both now studying in America. I had a good time seeing my

Glasses on top of a newspaper crossword

Does your unconscious help you solve problems?

How often do good ideas strike you while you shower? It happens to me all the time. The more complex a problem, the tougher a decision I need to make, the more likely the solution will

Cover of Cal Newport's Deep Work

Deep work

Just before the holiday season, I read the book Deep Work, which claims to provide “rules for focused success in a distracted world”. Having been distracted and having written little in the weeks prior, my discovery of the book

Sleep Cycle sleep quality chart

Tracking my sleep and more

For the past month or two I’ve been using the Sleep Cycle app. The app monitors your sleep and each morning generates a graph to show you how you slept. You can see many sleep cycles

A screenshot of OmniFocus's project view

How I use OmniFocus

I’ve raved about OmniFocus before. It is my favorite piece of software and it is the one app that I would hate—have hated—to do without. I use it to keep track of everything I want

Statue of Marcus Aurelius on a horse

Your reason isn’t going anywhere

This past week, I bought a book. Actually, I bought three books—I’ve written about how dangerous bookstores are for my wallet—but I want to tell you about one of them. I have not read this

Woman in a crowd

On social anxiety

Sometimes people invite me to an event where I won’t know many people. When this happens, I’m typically excited to go—initially. As the event date draws near, I often find myself not wanting to go.