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Morning Lark or Midnight Owl? Circadian Rhythms Are Critical to Health

While we’re all familiar with the concept of our “body clock,” recent studies indicate that daily and annual biological clocks influence physical and emotional health more than previously believed.  In fact, our cells are strongly influenced by genes under circadian...

Women Are Warriors:
How Hormones May Affect Athletic Performance

Watching Eugenie Bouchard rule the court or Lindsey Vonn race down a mountainside, one cannot help but admire such athletic prowess.  But even an elite athlete has good days and better days.  Thanks to an article in The Economist, I learned of recent attention given...

Should a Professional Athlete Buy or Rent?

A young athlete with a promising pro career, often plans to buy a house, along with a new car and a few luxuries as soon as the contract is signed. But is that the wisest move? While there’s no doubt that a comfortable home can offer pride in ownership, it also comes...

Long Haul Pressure: Can Pressure Be a Good Thing?

Often, we think about pressure as existing in moments of high intensity—the pressure to save a life in the ER, to pass the bar exam, or to score the decisive point in the last seconds of a game. Pressure, however, can exist over an extended period time as months of...

Do you manage failure, or does it manage you?

I’m always looking for new insights into mental tools that help us to be more constructive in our approach to work and life. While reading an article about self-confidence, I was struck by the idea of reframing one’s “less successful” experiences, not judging such...
The Pomodoro® Technique

The Pomodoro® Technique

Can we learn to work with time, instead of struggling against it? Recently, I added a post about Parkinson’s Law, which seems to be too often true, although not inevitable.  So how can we apportion the time we have on any given day, for any task, to be more efficient,...