Category: Philosophy

  • Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman: Top 5 Lessons

    One of the things I love most about this book is the author’s personal history. You see, long before publishing Four Thousand Weeks, Oliver Burkeman wrote a weekly column on productivity. He’s a productivity geek. A guru. He knows every trick in the book — and added a few chapters. Did it make him happier, though? Complete, […]

  • ‘The Last Time:’ A Simple Idea to Savor Your Life

    Recently, a relative told me a bizarre story. It all started like a typical day, he told me. He drove to work and did his job as usual. At lunch, one of his co-workers approached him. “You know what,” she said unsuspectingly, “I feel like I need to exercise again. It’s been a while.” Of […]

  • Don’t Be in the Moment

    Don’t Be in the Moment

    Recently, I visited Liseberg — a stunning amusement park in Göteborg, Sweden. It promised an absurd amount of fun. But when I got on the most popular roller coaster — a majestic, green, space-themed colossus of steel — something strange happened: I was stressed out. Not because I’m scared of rollercoasters or heights (it’s quite the opposite, actually). But rather because […]

  • A Simpler Life: Lessons From Living With 49 Items for 30 Days 

    One month ago, I started solo traveling through Northern Europe with nothing but a small hiking backpack. Inside: 49 of the most essential things I own. (More on the exact list of items later.) And so, for the next 30 days, my entire livelihood would literally sit on my shoulders. During this trip, I worked […]

  • 3 Deep Lessons from Greenlights (and Why You Should Get the Audiobook)

    Ironically, I’ve never been a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey. The only noteworthy thing I used to know about him was the insane number of “Murphs” he dropped in Interstellar.  But then, I picked up his memoir Greenlights on a whim. (It was a long train ride, and I needed some soothing words in my […]

  • The 3-Question Method That Makes Everything You Buy More Meaningful

    I used to fill my life with a lot of empty crap. Another fancy watch. A new smartphone for no reason. Clothes I only wore once. And that was nice for a while… But over time, I realized a disquieting truth: I’d filled my life with empty stuff to feel better about myself, externalize my […]

  • Deep Reading: The Skill to Absorb Everything You Read

    Deep reading helped me level up my reading practice in every possible way: I become totally absorbed in books. Everything I read is more memorable. Books are more attractive to me than social media. Ironically, I discovered it after a long and painful reading drought that was caused by… reading too much. See, I stopped […]

  • This Is How You Beat Perfectionsm

    In case you’re wondering: Yes. I put that typo in the headline on purpose. Because one day, I’d like to be that kind of person. One who doesn’t sweat the details but still delivers remarkable work. An imperfectionist.  After all, you still understood the title and clicked on it, right? Maybe you even clicked on […]

  • How to Worry Less About Money: 5 Lessons from the Book

    Normally, I really hate books about money. Sure, they teach you how to invest, how to go by with less, how to save for retirement, and all that. But here’s the problem: These are band-aid solutions. They might butter up your financial situation, but neglect far more critical, underlying questions: How much money do I […]

  • How to Appreciate the Little Things in Life Again (4 Simple Ideas)

    It crushes me to say this, but it’s true: For the longest time, I never knew how to appreciate the little things in life. And so, even my greatest achievements caused great disappointments. When I submitted my bachelor thesis after six months of draining work I was dead-tired for two weeks straight. All I could […]