2 Spare Minutes


  • Use reminders for everything!

    Do you have a smart phone?
    Of course you do. Use your calendar to create reminders to yourself for everything: your next haircut, to call someone, a critical shopping item, and especially to cancel subscriptions before they roll over and you get charged for something you don’t want. For those cancellations be sure to set the reminder a few days before. And use the alerts in a way that works best for you. For something like a cancellation I just take the default ’10 minutes before’ alert because the timing isn’t as important to me as the reminder itself. For scheduled […]

  • 10 harmless mind tricks that make people like you

    As soon as you become aware of these 10 tricks, they start popping up wherever you look. With minimal effort on your part, their unconscious influence on behavior can make a huge difference in your day-to-day life.

    When a group of people laughs, each member of the group can’t help but make eye contact with the person they feel closest to

    When someone does a favor for you, it actually makes them like you more

    Silence gets answers

    Open hands and palms create trust

    Nodding your head during a conversation or when asking a question makes the other person more […]

  • Productivity Lessons from Artists and Entrepreneurs

    Prioritize Consistency Over Heroic Efforts
    Though inspiration can suddenly strike, turning it into a tangible finished product is a matter of sustained effort, he says. “It’s getting up every day and doing the work…taking thousands of passes and polishes.”
    Seek Mentorship
    Someone who cares about you, knows more than you, who will give you both good and constructive feedback and create opportunities is a blessing beyond imagination. Additionally, a good mentor helps you avoid making the same mistakes they have.
    When entrepreneurs sacrifice sleep, they also sacrifice creativity, self-control, and attention span.
    Put Yourself in Good Company
    Starting a business is hard, not only because you […]

  • 14 simple habits that will change your life

    Rise with the Sun

    Get Dirty

    Make Every Day Saturday

    Crank the Tunes

    Drink Up (water, that is)

    Hit the Beach

    Play More

    Go Screenless

    Give Your Time

    Train with a Team

    Get High on Chocolate

    Eat Happy Meals

    Raise a Glass

    Keep Animal Friends Close

    For more details see the Outside article

  • 3 ways to get rid of anger, according to neuroscience

    Here’s how to get rid of anger:

    Suppress rarely. They may not know you’re angry but you’ll feel worse inside and hurt the relationship.

    Don’t vent. Communication is good but venting just increases anger. Distract yourself.

    Reappraisal is usually the best option. Think to yourself, “It’s not about me. They must be having a bad day.”

    Click here for the full article.

  • The 8-hour workday doesn’t work

    Do you work a ‘typical’ 8-5 workday or something similar?
    If you do you probably don’t have full control over how you spend your time, but you can still make adjustments within your workday that will improve your energy and efficiency through the day. And if you do have more control over your daily schedule this could be a rocket boost.
    Click here for the best way to structure your day.

  • Stop overusing the internets

    Save a little for the rest of us!
    Seriously though, do you yourself going onto the same websites over and over again, every hour or maybe more often than that? Set a schedule so you only check news and social sites every couple of hours at most, and then just for a few minutes. Easiest way is to synchronize with your normal ‘break’ rituals like coffee, lunch, stretching, etc.
    Chrome has an extension called StayFocusd which can help you limit your browsing time, and Firefox has one called LeechBlock which does the same. If you use Safari you can try WasteNoTime.

  • Creating more time in your life

    Do you have trouble saying no?
    Take a look at your typical weekly activities and for each activity ask yourself whether it is beneficial to your life overall, necessary due to obligations, or not a good use of your time.
    A lot of us have a tendency to overcommit. Recognize that spreading yourself thin does not benefit anyone, particularly you!
    Choose one thing that you can get out of that will free up more Pairs of Spare Minutes. You can always return to this page and work on removing more non-beneficial activities from your life.

  • That which gets measured gets acted on

    Concerned about your weight? Weigh yourself daily, at the same time each day for consistency.
    Concerned about what you’re eating? Log every bite and review at the end of the day.
    Too much time playing with your phone, or social media? Log it – track when you go online and how long you are on. If you use Chrome for browsing try the extension StayFocusd, or for Firefox try LeechBlock, or for Safari try WasteNoTime.
    What else can you measure? Just about anything – for work, for play, for family. Brainstorm it, and see what you can measure to change your life for […]

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