The Physics of Productivity: Newton’s Laws of Getting Stuff Done

In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, which described his three laws of motion. In the process, Newton laid the foundation for classical mechanics and redefined the way the world looked at physics and science. What most people don’t know, however, is that Newton’s three laws of motion[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]

Breaking Bad Habits: How Vietnam War Veterans Broke Their Heroin Addictions

It was 1971 and the Vietnam War was heading into its 16th year when two congressmen, Robert Steele from Connecticut and Morgan Murphy from Illinois, made a discovery that stunned the American public. While visiting the troops in Vietnam, the two congressmen discovered that over 15 percent of US soldiers had developed an addiction to[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]

Habit Stacking: How to Build New Habits by Taking Advantage of Old Ones

In 2007, researchers at Oxford University started peering into the brains of newborn babies. What they found was surprising. After comparing the newborn brains to the normal adult human, the researchers realized that the average adult had 41 percent fewer neurons than the average newborn. [1] At first glance, this discovery didn’t make sense. If[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]

How to Solve Big Problems: Lessons Learned From Cancer Scientists

In late November of 1991, a three-year-old girl was diagnosed with leukemia. There was a 30 percent chance she would die. In the coming months, she would receive a long list of chemotherapy drugs: 6MP, asparaginase, methotrexate, prednisone, and vincrinstine. The miracle was not only that these drugs could potentially cure her, but that they[click to continue reading...][click to continue reading...]