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Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

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I focus on six types of free content here at The Art of Living (TAoL):

  • Book Recommendations – Free lists of the best books ever written;
  • Book Summaries – Free summaries of nonfiction books;
  • Inspirational Quotes – Wise and inspirational quotes;
  • Interesting Articles (you’re here) – Long and short articles on how to live well;
  • Interviews – Conversations with experts and interesting people; and
  • Free Tools – Cheatsheets and templates to help you hit your goals faster.

On this page, you’ll find my best long and short articles on everything from emotional wellness to accelerated learning and productivity.

Not sure where to start? If this is your first time reading my work, you may want to head to the blog page, where you’ll be able to explore my best articles by topic, by search and/or even by letting me show you around.

If you’re familiar with the blog, then you’ll find all the best articles published on TAoL in alphabetical order below so you can jump straight to the interesting article you’re looking for.

Note: For some tips on how to read faster and more effectively in general, you might also enjoy this summary of Adler and van Doren’s excellent How To Read a Book.

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Interesting Articles by Topic

Click below to read interesting articles on each of TAoL‘s 8 areas of life

  1. Health & Vitality - Master physical wellness;
  2. Thoughts & Emotions - Master mental wellness;
  3. Family & Friends - Build better relationships;
  4. Love & Partnership - Love and be loved;
  5. Growth & Learning - Get smart, faster;
  6. Productivity & Performance - Do more, better;
  7. Business & Career - Become an effective executive; and
  8. Wealth & Lifestyle - Free yourself.

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Interesting Articles by A-Z

Note: This section contains only the articles from The Art of Living blog. Click here for book recommendations and book summaries or to explore by topic.

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101+ Personality Traits, Types & BEST Tests (Ultimate Guide)
13 MINUTE READ | A comprehensive guide to personality traits, types and tests. Includes a list of 101+ personality traits examples, links to the most popular tests, an explanation of why those mostly suck and thoughts on why that doesn't really matter. Topics:
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111+ Productivity Hacks: The Ultimate Productivity & Time Management Index
7 MINUTE READ | An index and glossary of the most important and practical productivity hacks out there. Covers everything from the compound effect and setting clear daily priorities to SMART goals, the 80/20 principle and weekly planning. Topics:
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25 Good Daily Habits: FREE List + 8,000 Person Study Results
5 MINUTE READ | A list of the 25 top daily habits for success that I teach in my coaching programmes PLUS the results of how many people stick to each habit, and how often, from over 8,000 folks who've taken TAoL's awesome FREE productivity quiz. Topics:
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40+ Growth Mindset Quotes for Kids & Adults (Einstein, Churchill etc…)
16 MINUTE READ | A collection of 40+ of my favourite quotes on the power of making mistakes, taking risks and never giving up from Carol Dweck, Einstein, Hannibal, Roosevelt, Edison, Churchill and many more. Topics:
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800+ FREE Character Traits List (+ How to Develop a Good Character)
19 MINUTE READ | The ultimate guide to changing the character traits (the habits of thinking, acting and feeling) that make you you. Includes a step-by-step guide, 99 positive and negative character trait examples, a FREE printable 800 trait PDF and free productivity templates and trait trackers. Topics:
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Are You Making This ONE Productivity Mistake?
4 MINUTE READ | A quick guide to the #1 reason I see people fall off the wagon again and again again (AND how to anticipate and avoid it without breaking a sweat). Includes a real-life example of how I set weekly goals. Topics:
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Avoiding Burnout: How NOT to Burn Out (Again)…
3 MINUTE READ | What's the secret to showing up day-in-day out and making progress week after week after week? Find out in this quick guide to unlocking the power of compounding and achieving your goals faster than you ever thought possible. Topics:
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Best Advice For New Parents: Your 16 Top Tips For Future Parents
14 MINUTE READ | An awesome write up of the humbling and inspiring collected top tips for new parents from YOU (TAoL's thousands of subscribers). Learn how to thrive as a parent and as a team during pregnancy, after birth, in the first few years and beyond. Topics:
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BRAIN: A handy, 5-step, decision-making framework.
2 MINUTE READ | A super quick breakdown of BRAIN; one of the most practical and memorable decision making frameworks I've ever come across. Don't make another major (or minor) decision until you've learned these 5 steps... Topics:
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Core Values 101: The Ultimate Guide and Core Values List
14 MINUTE READ | A comprehensive guide to understanding, defining and living by core values - personally and as a company or team. Includes a list of examples, links to real-life core values statements plus some unique stories and insights from my time as a consultant at McKinsey. Topics: ,
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Creativity vs. Productivity: It’s Not a Thing. Here’s Why…
3 MINUTE READ | In this short post, I bust a common misunderstanding that holds creative people back from powerful tools and ideas that can help them innovate like never before. And vice-versa, for productive people who mistakenly believe that being efficient means always being constrained and dogmatic. Topics:
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Effective Altruism: How to Give Well (In 3 Steps)
4 MINUTE READ | A quick article that maps out the system I designed for myself to make giving money to charity easy, effective and rewarding (in 3 simple steps!). Topics:
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Empathic Listening: Stop Trying To Fix Your Friend’s Problems!
4 MINUTE READ | A short story about my own struggles with empathic listening and a quick guide to the importance and power of holding space, instead of always trying to solve people's problems. Topics: ,
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Endurance Running: 6 Books and 8 Steps to Ultramarathon Success
18 MINUTE READ | A comprehensive guide to all the things I learned (and wish I'd known earlier) while training for and competing in the Marathon des Sables, a 256km ultramarathon through the Sahara Desert (a.k.a., the hardest footrace on Earth). Topics:
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Ethos Pathos Logos: The 3 Modes Of Persuasion
6 MINUTE READ | A quick overview of ethos, pathos and logos - the three modes of persuasion first used and mastered by Ancient Greek orators - and a framework still valuable today for convincing others to change their minds or take action. Topics: ,
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Evening Routines: How To Master Every Evening (And Why It Matters)
4 MINUTE READ | A quick article on why evening routines are so important PLUS a practical two-step guide to setting every evening up for success so you can start every morning on purpose. Topics:
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FREE Weekly Planner Template To Ace Your Weekly Schedule
8 MINUTE READ | A free, downloadable, printable weekly planner template PLUS a practical 5-step guide on exactly how and when to use it to help you set every week up for success. Topics: ,
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GET BACK UP: Why And How You Should NEVER Quit Trying
4 MINUTE READ | A quick inspirational article on the importance and power of never giving up as the ONLY way to unlock the power of consistent compounding and hit your goals faster. Topics:
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Growth Through Pain: Avoid Suffering and Change Life for the Better
12 MINUTE READ | An inspirational story of heartbreak, pain and regrowth by guest author Erin Young that lays out the importance and opportunity for rebirth inside every painful or traumatic event. Topics:
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Hofstadter’s Law: Why It’s A Pain In My Butt (And 5 Ways To Hack It…)
6 MINUTE READ | A quick guide to why everything ALWAYS takes longer than you expected PLUS a handful of helpful strategies to get better at estimating task length and never miss a deadline again. Topics:
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How Brian Unlocked More Family-Time WITHOUT Compromising on Career
4 MINUTE READ | A powerful, inspirational story of how Brian used a handful of simple productivity tricks to radically cut down his working hours, create headspace and spend more time with his family every week WITHOUT compromising on performance. Topics: ,
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How Chris DOUBLED His Sales AND Found More Balance WITHOUT Working Harder
4 MINUTE READ | A Short, inspirational story about how Chris used weekly planning and daily time tracking to find more space in his day for the things in his business and life that really make a difference. Topics: ,
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How Ella Landed $20k In Clients By Doing Less…
3 MINUTE READ | A short, inspiring story (and video testimonial) about how Ella used TAOL's TRACKTION Planner to take back control of her time and get clear on which parts of life were holding her back (and how to fix them). Topics: ,
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How Erin Built An 8-FIGURE Business In 18 Months WITHOUT Giving Up Her Life
4 MINUTE READ | A short, inspiring story about how Erin used the principles I teach in my TRACKTION Masterclass to grow her business from 6-figures to 8-figures in less than 2 years WITHOUT giving up the rest of her life. Topics: ,
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How Long Does It Take to Read 100 Pages of a Book?
3 MINUTE READ | Question: How long does it take to read 100 pages of a book? Answer: It takes about 1 hour 50 minutes to read 100 pages of a book (assuming 275 words per page and an average reading speed of between 238 and 260 words per minute). Why those assumptions? Here’s the detail… Topics:
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How Long Does It Take to Read 200 Pages of a Book?
3 MINUTE READ | Question: How long does it take to read 200 pages of a book? Answer: It takes about 3 hours 41 minutes to read 200 pages of a book (assuming 275 words per page and an average reading speed of between 238 and 260 words per minute). Why those assumptions? Here’s the detail… Topics:
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How Long Does It Take to Read 300 Pages of a Book?
3 MINUTE READ | Question: How long does it take to read 300 pages of a book? Answer: It takes about 5 hours 31 minutes to read 300 pages of a book (assuming 275 words per page and an average reading speed of between 238 and 260 words per minute). Why those assumptions? Here’s the detail… Topics:
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How Long Does It Take to Read 400 Pages of a Book?
3 MINUTE READ | Question: How long does it take to read 400 pages of a book? Answer: It takes about 7 hours 22 minutes to read 400 pages of a book (assuming 275 words per page and an average reading speed of between 238 and 260 words per minute). Why those assumptions? Here’s the detail… Topics:
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How Nick Unlocked More Time For Creativity WITHOUT Neglecting His Business
4 MINUTE READ | A short, inspiring story about how Nick used the principles from TRACKTION to connect his big goals to his day-to-day activities and unlock more time and headspace to unleash his creativity. Topics: ,
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How Sean DOUBLED His Productivity Overnight WITHOUT Working Harder
4 MINUTE READ | A short inspiring story about how digital nomad, Sean, embraced the principles of TRACKTION to overcome the overwhelm of having too much control over his time to get more done and start each day on purpose. Topics:
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How To Drink More Water (Also, What Colour Is Your Pee?)
4 MINUTE READ | A quick, practical guide to NOT being one of the 42% of people who set themselves up for failure by not drinking enough water each day (includes a handy pee chart so you know how dehydrated you are). Topics: ,
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How To Keep Getting Stuff Done Even On Really Hard Days (A Short Poem)
1 MINUTE READ | A very short poem to remind you that the most important part of getting ahead is never giving up and that, when life feels hard, you're not on your own - we're all right there with you. Topics:
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How To Learn Any Skill Faster Using Analogies
4 MINUTE READ | Learning skills is difficult because it's hard to teach someone a feeling. This short article explains the how to shortcut that process by using powerful somatic analogies to help you learn any skill faster. Topics:
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How to Learn Any Skill: 10 Steps and Why They Will Change Your Life
17 MINUTE READ | Learning skills is hard. This 10-step, 3+ week-by-week guide will help you learn faster and more easily by using common shortcuts and avoiding common pitfalls whenever you decide to learn any new skill. Topics:
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How to Live Life on Purpose (No Regrets!)
3 MINUTE READ | This short, inspirational article will show you why it's so important to start each day on purpose AND exactly how to do it. Learn like you'll live forever. Live like you'll die tomorrow. Carpe diem. Topics:
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How To Love Yourself AND Still Feel Motivated
3 MINUTE READ | Here's a question I get all the time: "“If I already love myself, just as I am – then how will I find the motivation to get better? Won’t I just sit on my butt and do nothing?” This article will show you the answer... Topics: ,
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How to Make Friends as an Adult (Ultimate Guide)
26 MINUTE READ | Making friends as an adult can be hard. Making the RIGHT friends as an adult, the kind that support you and inspire you and make life a better place, is even harder. Fortunately, this ultimate 8-part guide will show you exactly how to do it. Topics:
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How to Memorise a Monologue: The Ultimate Guide to Word-Perfect Memory
20 MINUTE READ | The ultimate guide to memory preparation, repetition, mnemonics and memory palaces. Whether you're an actor that needs word-perfect recall or you're just looking to get better at memorising things, you'll find tips in this article that will help. Topics: , ,
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How To Prioritise Like A Boss (3 Simple Tricks)
4 MINUTE READ | In this short article, I'll run you through 3 powerful ways to prioritise practically anything including how to use your gut, 2-dimensional decision matrices and multi-dimensional ranking algorithms. Topics:
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How to Put What You Read into Action (Do This Every Day!)
3 MINUTE READ | In this short article I'll teach you a rapid 7-step process ANYONE can use to put more of what they read in books, articles and guides into action by changing a few small things you do every day. Topics: , ,
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How to Read More Books: 27 Ways To Get Reading This Year
17 MINUTE READ | The ultimate 27-step guide to reading more books every year, starting easy (with overcoming basic obstacles) and progressing to more advanced tricks on reading more, faster and getting more from each book that you read. Topics: ,
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How To Stay Motivated: 3 Simple Tricks To Hack Motivation
4 MINUTE READ | In this bite-sized guide I'll show you three powerful ways to rephrase, reframe and rethink your goals to help you wake up every day feeling excited and motivated to keep doing what matters most. Topics:
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How To Stop Being So Lazy (My #1 Secret Trick)
3 MINUTE READ | A short article that'll show you EXACTLY how I use weekly goals, daily planning and time-tracking to do more, faster, with less effort, every day instead of giving in to the strong temptation to just lie on the sofa and do nothing. Topics:
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How To Stop Procrastinating: 21 Simple Ways To Get Started
16 MINUTE READ | In this ultimate guide to learning how to stop procrastinating, I'll show you how to work out WHEN you procrastinate and WHY before show you exactly HOW to get started (and keep getting stuff done) no matter what's holding you back. Topics: ,
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How to: A Long-Term Travel Planning Checklist
11 MINUTE READ | A 10-step checklist on how to make the most of a short or long stints of travelling, based on 3 years worth of lessons (and mistakes) travelling to over 100 countries on 7 continents. Topics:
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Hygge: How Will YOU Make This Week Wonderful?
2 MINUTE READ | A short, 2-minute article that'll introduce you to a few words I WISH we had in English (like gigil, ikigai and saudade) before sharing one question you can ask yourself every day to build more hygge into your life. Topics:
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Just for Today: 10 Daily Resolutions to Change Your Life
3 MINUTE READ | A quick copy-paste of "Just For Today": the original 10-step daily meditation by Sibyl F. Partridge (1925) that laid the groundwork for AA, NA and other 12-step programmes (from Dale Carnegie's How to Stop Worrying and Start Living) Topics:
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Laddering: Why Multitasking ISN’T A Myth…
3 MINUTE READ | In this short article I'll show you one of the most powerful productivity tricks of all time (inspired by a powerful language learning trick) that you can start using instantly to multitask like a master and pack WAY more into each day. Topics:
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Master Your Morning Routine: 8 Ways to Win Before Others Begin
11 MINUTE READ | Whether you struggle to wake up early or you're already up at 5 AM, this article will show you EXACTLY WHY you should and HOW to make the most of your mornings so you can start each day on the right foot and on purpose. Topics:
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Mindful Moments: How to get SMART around mindfulness…
3 MINUTE READ | In this short article I'll show you my favourite simple, yet powerful trick to finding more peace of mind (and boost your performance) by bringing mindfulness out of meditation and into the rest of your day. Topics: ,
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Pomodoro 101: A 5-Minute Guide To The Pomodoro Technique (Step-By-Step)
4 MINUTE READ | In this short article I'll cover 6 commonly asked questions about the pomodoro technique (from what it is to how to use it) to help you master one of the simplest and most powerful productivity hacks of all time. Topics:
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Pro Productivity Tip: Don’t Do What I Just Did…
3 MINUTE READ | In this short article we'll talk about why and how to avoid getting injured playing sport and why that lesson is such a powerful thing to learn for anyone trying to accomplish anything in any area of life. Topics:
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Procrastination Definition: What Is Procrastination?
1 MINUTE READ | In this über short-article we'll discuss 4 different ways to define procrastination, introduce the concept of PREcrastination and learn the surprising truth about why procrastination isn't always your enemy. Topics: ,
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Short-Term Goals: How to Set Weekly Goals Towards Success
11 MINUTE READ | In this brief guide to personal, short-term goal setting I'll show you a simple 5-step process for setting powerful, SMART, short-term goals AND share 30+ real life examples of short-term goal setting. Topics:
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Sleep Better: #1 FREE Sleep Tracker Template (Printable)
3 MINUTE READ | Wearable sleep trackers don't work. This article explains why and gives you a free, low-tech printable template that works infinitely better and will help you understand and upgrade your sleep. Topics:
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So, You’ve Got a Productivity Problem… What Next?
3 MINUTE READ | A bite-sized article in which I talk about the importance of defining what productivity even is, what it means to you, before you dive in and try solving the problem. Topics:
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Struggled to Get out of Bed This Morning? Here’s Why (It’s Not What You Think)
4 MINUTE READ | In this short article I introduce the ideas of saturation vs. tiredness vs. fatigue and why knowing what they are, and which one you're suffering from, is critical to understanding why you're struggling to get big things done every day. Topics:
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Taking Breaks: When Stopping Is Even More Important Than Starting
3 MINUTE READ | In this short article we discuss why, how and when to take breaks and why STOPPING what you're doing right now might be the most important thing you do today to actually get way more things done. Topics:
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The 7 Best Planners: A Detailed Review of Daily Planners in 2020
13 MINUTE READ | In this guide we take a look at 7 of the best daily planners on the market (including TAoL's awesome TRACKTION Planner) and share some pros, cons and price points to help you pick out your next planner. Topics: ,
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The 7 Secrets of Highly Competent People
3 MINUTE READ | In this short article I share the simple 7-part framework I work through when I'm helping my clients work out what's holding them back and how to get more done each day. Topics:
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The Art of Journal Meditation: Finding Zen and Solving Problems
7 MINUTE READ | In this guide to journalling I'll talk you through why journalling is so powerful, what kinds of thinking it works for and show you EXACTLY how to solve all your problems (and clear your head) by getting your thoughts down on paper. Topics: ,
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The Art of Magnetic Memory and the Power of Spaced Repetition Systems
15 MINUTE READ | In this ultimate guide to improving your memory I'll show you exactly why you should and how to go about memorising things far more effectively using everything from mnemonics to spaced repetition systems (SRS). Topics: ,
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The Best Way To Learn A Language (The Ultimate Free Language Learning Guide)
33 MINUTE READ | The ultimate 8,000-word FREE guide to self-studying foreign languages - a.k.a., everything I wish I'd known before spending 7 years studying 7 languages while travelling across the world. Topics:
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The Feynman Technique: 7 Steps to Learn Anything Faster by Teaching
We've all been there. "I hate this topic! I don't understand it and I'm never going to! And even if I did, how am I supposed to remember this anyway, huh?" Learning is hard work at the best of times and crushingly frustrating at the worst. It's easy to feel stupid or embarrassed when tackling new topics or skills. Before long you've convinced yourself you're "just bad at this kind of stuff". Or worse, you grow to fear or hate learning entirely. But what if I told you there was a simpler and faster way to learn anything? A technique… Topics:
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The Simplervention: 5 Steps And 30-Days To Simplify Your Life
Here we go again. Another day, another frantic bolt from start to finish. Another baseline of anxiety, punctuated by stress, numbed by sporadic distraction. Your treadmill is running too fast - so fast that rest, exercise, hobbies and time with your loved ones all feel like childhood fantasies. You're busy, you're always too busy.  "Why am I always behind? Why does each day feel too short?" you wonder helplessly, "Why can't life just be simple?" And yet life can be simple. Your life can be simple. And you already have everything needed to get there. "But how?" I hear you… Topics:
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The Top 5 Productivity Habits We All Struggle With
So, for some reason I totally forgot that the best thing about The Art of Living’s new productivity quiz was the mind-blowing data it'd generate. And if there’s one thing I love more than marmite (🇬🇧), it’s data. I literally love it. 😍 Like, this much: Anyhow, I’ll be sharing lots more insights over the coming months but I want to share two quick things with you now. First - I’m going to let you in on the preliminary results from the quiz. I’ll share the top 5 productivity habits that most of us seem to be struggling with. And…… Topics:
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The Trouble with Time Blocking (Who Else Has a Calendar like This?)
Thursday, 5:36 AM December 2, 2019 Hey friend, Sorry for the radio silence last week. I didn’t want to add to the chaos of your Black Friday inbox... Anyhow, now sanity is restored - back to business! Do you remember how last time we talked about the biggest productivity problem people face? The fact that they often don’t realise they have a productivity problem in the first place? If you don't remember, go re-read that email, print it out and staple it to the forehead of your chattiest co-worker. Done that? Ok, awesome. Now hold that thought, because we’ll come… Topics:
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The Ultimate Habit Tracker Guide: Template + List of Good Habits
Values →← Quick-Start Home The Ultimate Habit Tracking Guide (+ Habit Tracker Template + List of 101 Good Habits) [rt_reading_time postfix="MINUTE READ"] [cp_popup display="inline" style_id="14044" step_id = "1"][/cp_popup] If I could wish for one superpower, the ability to turn good, compounding behaviours into habits wouldn't be my first choice (hello #timetravel ⏳). But it would be close. Because it's a fact: hacking your habits is hands-down one of the most valuable life skills you can master. If you learn only ONE thing this decade, make this it. And yet most of us are shockingly bad at it. Partly because we… Topics:
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Tiered Goal Setting: The Secret To Perpetual Motion
So, I’m super behind this week upgrading the weekly free-training and I was considering skipping out on this email. (One of the most powerful ways to get big things done is to get comfortable with intentionally letting other things occasionally fall off your plate.) Then I realised it’s a great chance to talk about one of my other favourite productivity tricks: Tiering - a powerful way to keep up momentum on any goal or a habit, even when you face unexpected setbacks or find yourself swamped. Here’s how it works: Take an outcome or habit you’re working on; Convert it into 2… Topics:
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Time Quotes: 25+ BEST Quotes About Time (And Using It Wisely)
12 MINUTE READ | This list of my 25 top quotes about time will remind you how short life really is and inspire you to make the most of each minute, hour and day that you can. Topics:
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Understanding Art: From Appreciation to Criticism and Connoisseurship
Perfect for you if: You need two hands to count your gallery/museum memberships on. You're art-curious but have never really worked out what it's all about. "Leonardo" and "Michelangelo" are Ninja Turtles aren't they? Topics:
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What To Do When You Hit Your Goals (Escaping The Momentum Trap)
I’m having one of those weeks where a whole load of things come together. I published the first version of my book. I finished a 365-day meditation journey. I FINALLY cleared out my backlog of flashcards. But instead of feeling happy with what I’ve accomplished, I feel a bit empty and lost. I don’t know if you’ve ever stepped off a treadmill after a long run. There’s this weird feeling like your body wants to keep moving forwards, even though there’s nowhere to go. It’s not totally dissimilar to that. And you know what? That’s OK. Sure, it’s uncomfortable. It… Topics:
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What’s The Meaning Of Life? 4 Ways Out Of Your Next Existential Crisis
The primary driving force in us all is a search for meaning. With meaning, we flourish; without it, we struggle at every step. Why? Because motivation requires motive. And the absence of motivation is a direct route to boredom, darkness and depression. For thousands of years, thinkers have agonised over an ultimate 'why': Why do we exist? Why are we here? What does it all mean? Though seductive, it's a path of mental gymnastics with two inexorable outcomes: that (a) 'life is ultimately meaningless' or that (b) 'the meaning of life lies beyond our (human) comprehension'. The good news for… Topics:
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Wheel of Life Template (FREE + Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide)
7 MINUTE READ | This quick guide will introduce you to the power of the wheel of life in finding balance, as well as mapping out the 8 areas of life I use in TRACKTION and TAOL's daily planner to help you do more of what matters each day. Topics:
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Why Good Days Lead to Bad Days (And What to Do About It)
Tuesday, 5:46 AM November 12, 2019 Dear friend, Guess what? Things got back on track last week and it all came down to making sure I got 8 hours of sleep every night. Go figure. Isn’t it funny how the hardest thing to do in life is to follow your own good advice? It reminds me of “The Platinum Rule” - the idea that you should treat yourself with the same love and compassion that you’d treat others (i.e., way more than usual). Simple idea. Super hard to consistently put into practice. Anyway, things are going so well right now… Topics:
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Why it’s not you, it’s me.
Perfect for you if: You just started a new friendship or relationship, You feel let down by or angry at yourself or someone else, There are people in your life that you just can't seem to forgive. Topics: ,
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Why Productivity Is Failing You… (+ The Three Phases of Productivity)
Tuesday, 6:46 AM December 17, 2019 Hey friend, So a few weeks ago we established that the biggest problem most people have is they don’t realise they have a great big productivity problem. They spend much of their lives stumbling into battle, blindfolded, naked, armed with a soft rubber chicken and wondering why getting what they want feels so difficult. Then last week we established that the second biggest problem people have is trying to "solve" productivity before structuring it. They try to eat an elephant in one piece. 🐘 They collect random tools, tips and tricks; they gather mismatched… Topics:
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Why You Procrastinate (And What To Do About It)
Thursday, 6:31 AM October 28, 2019 Dear friend, One of my favourite things about this co-working space (in Pererenan, Bali) is the family of cows that lives directly outside it. I’m feeling increasingly guilty about last night’s burger as I watch momma cow lovingly groom her two calves. It’s making me realise that the big reason I eat meat, burn oil and use plastic is how disconnected I am from the results of my actions. Anyway, that’s not what I want to talk about today (although there’s a good productivity lesson in there for another time). What I want to… Topics: ,
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Why Your Life Is a Mess… (And I’m Furious About It.)
I talk a lot about productivity, don’t I? It might seem repetitive but self-mastery is so important - so earth-shatteringly, so fundamentally life-changing - that it’s worth going on about. But do you know the biggest productivity problem I see people struggle with? The main thing that gets in their way day, after day, after day? The thing that trips them up year, after year, after year? The thing that really makes my blood boil? 🤬 I bet you can’t guess… Alright, I’ll tell you. The biggest problem I see most people facing when it comes to achieving their goals and living their… Topics:
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Yes And: These Two Words Will 10x Your Relationships
4 MINUTE READ | A quick guide to a powerful, simple phrase you can start using right away to become a better listener and 10x your personal relationships overnight (with real-life examples). Topics:
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You Are Enough Quotes: 40+ BEST Quotes on Being Enough
20 MINUTE READ | This list of powerful, inspiring quotes on self-love will remind you that self-improvement doesn't have to be driven by self-loathing. The simple truth? You are enough, just as you are. And that's everything you'll ever need to be. Topics: ,
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You are enough, just as you are.
"Real love is accepting other people the way they are without trying to change them. If we try to change them it means we don't really like them." - Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements This wonderful quote says something I think we all know deep down. And yet it has an implication that is profound. One that I’ve struggled with most of my life and that I’d like to reflect on with you today. The most important person this quote applies to is you – it’s yourself. We live in a world where we constantly feel we don’t live up to expectations.… Topics: ,
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Your SMART Goals Are Anti-Productive… Do This Instead.
So it’s week two in Bali and we’re deep in the hunt for a villa. We wanted to settle down fast so we booked 10 nights at a wonderful homestay and we decided to find our new nest before we ran out of time on our booking. But by the end of last weekend we were halfway to hitting our deadline and the perfect place still hadn’t popped up on our radar. We were sunburned, dehydrated and disappointed. We’d spent hours driving from from viewing to viewing to viewing, feeling increasingly anxious, frustrated and stressed. Which is crazy! I mean,… Topics:

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Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.