Summary of “When You’ve Procrastinated On Your Goals For Too Long”

In the beginning, when we set the goal, we feel usually motivated, for about a day.
As each additional day passes, the resistance starts to grow.
As more time passes by, we feel more overwhelmed, especially if we have attempted to start several times, and failed.
The biggest problem in this scenario is that we think of the sheer size of the goal, or to be more accurate, the list of the activities we need to do, and how much time it will take us to do them all.
There is nothing wrong with the big picture, on the contrary, we need it, but in the beginning, when it’s the planning phase.
Don’t think about the science or that you need 66 days to establish a habit, it will just overwhelm you additionally, which you don’t need.
Next, to the “ONE DAY” principle, the only other one you need is the consistency.
Let’s get down to concrete steps you can take a right this moment to take action and start working on your goal.

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Summary of “The Secret to Being a Productive Human: Take More Breaks”

If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a “The timing’s just off” break-up line and thought your partner’s excuse was a weak cop-out to avoid having to tell you how truly terrible you are, take some solace: They may not have been lying to you! Because it turns out that timing is everything.
We caught up with Pink to talk the importance of breaks, the best time to exercise, and how you can tweak your work schedule to dramatically improve your performance.
Once you made that realization, did that change how you think about time on a daily basis?I think about time much more on a daily basis than I ever did.
We think about time in the sense that we worry about being late.
What would you say to someone who says, “Oh, I don’t have time for a break. I’ve got too much to do”?If I want to be really glib, I say, “You don’t have time not to take a break.” I would use myself as a testimonial and say, “I used to believe that myself, too. I used to power through breaks, for whatever reason.” My view was that amateurs took breaks and professionals didn’t.
Take it from this mountain of research showing that we’re more productive, more replenished, more creative, and happier, and we do better on our job if we take more breaks-and if we take these certain kinds of breaks.
You don’t want, “Oh, I’m on a break. I’m going to go take a walk with a friend outside, but I’m going to spend the whole time answering text messages from my boss or looking at my Instagram feed.”
The combination of elevated mood and decreased vigilance makes it a very good time for brainstorming for more creative kinds of things that require a degree of looseness.

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Summary of “Benefits of Ginger”

I’ve heard time and time again how great ginger is for your health, but how beneficial is it really? To find out whether the root actually yields results or purely sounds healthy, I asked Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, who replied, “Yes, ginger actually has science-based evidence to back a number of benefits.”
See below for the right and wrong ways to consume ginger and reasons to start eating it today.
In addition to helping combat motion sickness – especially seasickness – and easing nausea in pregnant women when taken properly, ginger is also great to consume post-workout.
Cynthia suggests adding freshly grated ginger root to fresh-pressed juices and smoothies, hot or iced tea, or hot or iced water.
“For a simple treat I like to chop a fresh apple or pear, sauté over low heat in lemon water with fresh-grated ginger, then top with a crumble made from a combo of almond butter, rolled oats, and cinnamon.”
According to Cynthia, ginger should not be given to children under the age of 2.
In terms of adult use, there is such thing as overdoing it when it comes to fresh ginger or ginger food products, like ginger tea.
“If you use ginger in foods or beverages, use moderation – especially pregnant and breastfeeding women, and anyone taking blood thinning medications, or people with a history of gallstones, heart disease, diabetes, or another chronic medical condition,” Cynthia said.

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Summary of “Instagrammers are sucking the life and soul out of travel”

Wed 17 Jan 2018 18.34 GMT Last modified on Wed 17 Jan 2018 23.07 GMT. A recent trip to Sri Lanka reminded me of that well known Buddhist proverb: “If you visit a temple but do not take a selfie, did it actually happen?” At these sacred sites, tourists are free to take photographs – as indeed I saw a delegation of enthusiastic monks doing at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy – but you are asked to please not pose with statues of the Buddha, or be photographed with your back to him.
I joined Instagram relatively recently, mainly to look at travel photos of places and people around the world, a cheering endeavour in these cold, dark Brexity times, but was disappointed how many of the photos seemed to follow a particular format.
Many of them are paid in brand endorsements and partnerships with luxury travel companies.
These Instagrammers are collectively sucking the joy and spontaneity out of travel photography, and for those unfortunate enough to bump into them abroad, possibly travel itself.
Many of the passengers under 35 were interested only in obtaining the same photograph – lifted right from Instagram – of themselves hanging barefoot out of the open doors of the train, with significant risk to life and limb.
When most travel photographs on Instagram begin to look like fashion editorials you have to wonder whether anyone is learning anything.
It’s not just travel – it’s interiors, fashion, weddings, food, children.
On the plus side, while the easily influenced will see these pictures and flock to the lupin fields of New Zealand or Tegalalang in Bali, or to selfie-stick the sunset in Santorini, those of us too grumpy, paunchy and tired to travel fashionably might be left in peace.

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Summary of “How To Teach Your Brain Something It Won’t Forget A Week Later”

Well, because that’s not how your brain likes to absorb information.
As brain scientists have dug into how learning really works, they’ve discovered that massed practice only leads to remembering things over the short term.
It’s a fine strategy for when you’re learning something you don’t really care about.
With a little more planning and foresight, you can tap into that cognitive phenomenon to take better advantage of how your brain actually works.
“We measure experiment participants’ brain activity while they’re learning, trying to take in the information, and then ask them to rest,” Davachi says of her research.
“We see there is a footprint of what was happening during the learning; the brain continues to rehearse the prior information.” Davachi has found that participants whose brains show more replay during that rest period do better on recall tests later.
“Your brain is doing your work for you while you’re doing other tasks,” she adds.
The good news is that your brain is already built to acquire and store information that way, just as long you space out the learning process from the outset.

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Summary of “The Secret to a Happy Marriage Is Knowing How to Fight”

People who study marriage, or work with couples in therapy, as I do, talk about the need for a “We story,” a collaboration between partners about values and goals.
If couples are going to collaborate, they have to figure out how to have a productive conversation.
I’ve seen how the best marriages involve people who can deal with strong negative emotions – and who are cleareyed about how hard it can be.
What will matter most in marriage is what’s possible on the other side of love’s first blush: conversations that are rewarding, intimate and real.
The artist Georgia O’Keeffe said, “Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” What most people want from marriage is an intimate friend.
The key to lasting love is taking time to understand and respond.
A wedding is a one-shot celebration of tying the knot, but marriage is an open-ended practice of disentangling misunderstandings.
I also wish that in between picking a caterer and a font for the invitations, they pause to think about how they fight, and how they want to talk.

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Summary of “Does Magnesium Help You Sleep?”

A. Studies have found a link between low levels of magnesium, an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in a wide range of bodily processes, and sleep disorders.
If you are concerned you aren’t getting enough magnesium, changing your diet may be a better option than taking a supplement, as “There is really sparse evidence that taking super-therapeutic doses of magnesium will give you a benefit,” said Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of pulmonary and sleep medicine at the University of Southern California.
The mineral is widely available in both plant and animal-based foods, and the kidneys limit urinary excretion of magnesium, so deficiencies are rare in healthy people.
Leafy green vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole grains are good sources of magnesium; fish, chicken and beef also contain magnesium.
One small double-blinded clinical trial of 43 elderly people in Tehran who were randomly assigned to receive either 500 milligrams of magnesium or a placebo for eight weeks found that those who received the supplement fell asleep faster and spent more of their time in bed asleep, but their total sleep time was not necessarily longer.
An even smaller study of 10 people done nearly 20 years ago found that taking a magnesium supplement helped people with restless leg syndrome get more sleep.
If you suspect you’re deficient in magnesium or want to take magnesium supplements, talk to your doctor first.
Magnesium can interact poorly with other drugs, and taking excessive amounts in the form of supplements can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea and nausea.

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Summary of “The problem with curated photos on social media”

Let me list several problems with it-not as self-effacing humble-brags, but a deeper reflection on social media in general and how we perceive it.
Yes, it’s a cool photo, but I literally took 836 shots before I got this one.
This shot may look great on my social feeds, but it doesn’t show the rejected shots or the amount of time it took to get one good one.
I only post to social media, especially photos, when something interesting is happening.
By refreshing my social feeds to see who likes this shot, I’m acknowledging my need for admiration from people I don’t even know, on the internet.
By not adding a comment or giving context to the shot on social media, the post conveys that this is “No big deal” like I see whales every fucking day or something.
Yes, it’s just a photo, one of many on my feed, on one of two social networks I’m on.
Forget you even have a camera or social media feed at all.

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Summary of “The 50 Greatest Moments From a Shockingly Great Year at the Movies”

If you found me after a Tuesday evening screening of Baywatch back in May, you’d have found a dejected, hopeless person incapable of imagining a turkey sandwich, let alone a great movie moment.
The business of movies crumbles around itself with stunning regularity, but the magic of movies still burns hot.
Two movies expertly integrated that feeling of a closed-off life lived on a device.
In the opening moments of Muschietti’s movie, young Georgie follows the paper boat he’s designed with his brother Bill all the way through the rain-strewn streets of Derry and down into a sewer, where we meet Pennywise.
Rooney Mara Devours a Pie-Her First Pie-in A Ghost Story / the Big Breakfast in The Florida Project Great year for fruit, great for pastry at the movies.
Most kids’ movies take their audiences for granted.
Drunken Emma Thompson Crashing Her Car on the Lawn in The Meyerowitz Stories In a movie that delicately and specifically chooses every word, phrase, and look with great care, the funniest moment in Noah Baumbach’s latest is pure slapstick.
It’s one of his gentlest, breeziest movies, and that’s never more clear than when all of the film’s main characters find themselves huddled together on a northbound train to deliver the dead son of one of the men to a proper burial in his hometown.

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Summary of “How to stop catastrophising”

Let us start by considering why some people catastrophise – that is, on hearing uncertain news, they imagine the worst possible outcome.
High levels of anxiety are extremely unpleasant, so we look for ways to discharge those unpleasant feelings as quickly as possible.
If a catastrophiser is told something inconclusive – for example, if they go to a GP and are asked to have tests – they look for a way to feel in control again immediately.
In this way, catastrophising soon becomes a well-entrenched habit.
There is always another source to check or another opinion to be had; as a result, catastrophisers feel anxious again increasingly quickly.
If you are a catastrophiser and you would rather not be, how do you go about making changes?
Anxiety is energy: if you are an anxious person, celebrate! However, why waste that energy feeling uncomfortable and preparing yourself for circumstances that will almost certainly never occur? Look for enjoyable ways to challenge yourself and use your energy more positively: taking regular aerobic exercise; learning something new; taking up a creative passion.
Whenever you are overwhelmed by anxiety and feel you must seek reassurance, give yourself permission to do so – but not straight away.

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