Habit of the Day: Write Three Positive Things About Today

We were surprised last year when the Write three positive things about today habit doubled in participants in one day after Lifter Zack Shapiro blogged about it. The habit now has over 1,450 members: My @liftapp habit “Write three positive things about today” doubled in participants today. Got featured on @Lifehacker! http://t.co/glOg1oXy — Zack Shapiro (@ZackShapiro) January 15, 2013 What compelled…

Habit of the Day: Make Bed

Did you know that a small habit like making your bed can help you get through life’s rough patches? One Lift user, Dave, told us last week that making his bed helped him recover from a divorce: I’m 30 years old and have been going through a particularly ugly divorce (I suppose they’re all ugly). When I…

Lift Groups: Reach Your Investment Goals

Wouldn’t it be great if we all had a little more time and money to do the things we enjoy like taking a bike ride, spending time with family, taking a trip? If so, check out the Reach Your Investment Goals group that Betterment created on Lift which encourages you to do just that! Betterment’s…

Workout When You're Least Productive: Productivity Tip from Evan Williams

Takeaway: You’ll get more done if you work according to your circadian rhythm instead of working 9-5pm.  Evan Williams isn’t at work in the middle of the day. You’ll find the founder of Blogger, Twitter and Medium at the gym instead.  The potential for productivity fluctuates at different times of the day for different people. Clue into your energy…

Workout When You’re Least Productive: Productivity Tip from Evan Williams

Takeaway: You’ll get more done if you work according to your circadian rhythm instead of working 9-5pm.  Evan Williams isn’t at work in the middle of the day. You’ll find the founder of Blogger, Twitter and Medium at the gym instead.  The potential for productivity fluctuates at different times of the day for different people. Clue into your energy…

Experiment with New Habits Regularly: Productivity Tip from Buster Benson

Takeaway: Experimentation is the best (and only) way to learn what habits make you more productive.  The godfather of behavior change apps Buster Benson learned a lot when building quantified self startups like 43 Things, Health Month and 750 Words. He discovered his most productive habit, writing, by trying new habits until he found the productivity hack that worked best for…

Hack the Science of Behavior Change: Productivity Tip from Marshall Kirkpatrick

Takeaway: If you know the first principles of behavior change, you’ll have the knowledge (aka superpower) to change or build any habit.  Marshall Kirkpatrick, founder and CEO of Littlebird, went further than most people do when building habits: he learned the science behind how our body and brain create new behaviors. He picked up some of…

Schedule Easy, Small Tasks as Work Breaks: Productivity Tip from Erin McKean

Takeaway: Interruptions can boost your creativity if you schedule them at the right times.  Erin McKean, the founder of the online dictionary Wordnik, interrupts her schedule with small, easy tasks in order to increase her productivity. What’s the science behind “productive” distractions? Dr. Shelley Carson of Harvard University discovered that focusing on a problem limits creativity because you become more…

Data-based Meditation Tips

Scientific studies show that meditation can improve your creativity, reduce stress, improve your cardiovascular health and even positively change the physical structure of your brain.  Here’s a collection of tips & research to help you build a meditation habit.  In our meditation research, 75% said meditation improved their focus at work.#liftchat April 3, 2013 Data-based Tips & Research Lift Data Insights: Why you should start…