Articles by Thomas Oppong

Self-Help

The single biggest thing you can do for your career: Show up. Every. Day.

Showing up to the office every day, providing value, and showing your work is one of the best ways to build a lasting career.

The Whole Human

Life by design: Practical steps you need to take to do your own personal life audit

It’s a self-reflection exercise. A life audit will leave you with the clarity and space you need to “do you” at the ultimate level.

The Whole Human

Today is 10x more important than tomorrow (your decisions today compound for life)

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. You can determine a better future, by making better decisions today.

Morning Routine

Your brain on coffee

Although some health professionals warn us about the ills of coffee and caffeine, current research has turned the tide to coffee’s positive benefits.

Success

Your ability to follow instructions is not the secret to your success

Following the rules is no longer sufficient to succeed. The generally accepted theory or belief that applies to almost everything we do can’t guarantee the life you seek and expect.

Creativity

Create something you deeply care about (even if it sucks)

Creation means taking an active role in the world instead of a passive one. Making an impact. Create your world instead of consuming it.

Productivity

Outsmart your own decision biases

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

Productivity

To get real stuff done, focus on the 20% of your work that leads to 80% of your results

To get better results, do less but do it better. You need to be doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects.

Productivity

The neuroscience of change: How to train your brain to create better habits

Habits are the brain’s internal drivers. If you want to change how you work or a bad habit, you should have a clear exit strategy to break out of the chain.

The Whole Human

Small wins, marginal gains: That’s how you change behavior in the long term

It’s so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small gains on a daily basis.

Technology

Until you have better work habits, productivity apps are useless

Many people spend a lot of productive time shifting between apps every day without getting significant work done. The bitter truth is: Until you have better work habits, those insanely great productivity apps can’t help you.

Productivity

Depleted by decisions (how your brain makes choices that sabotage you and what to do about it)

The more choices you make throughout the day, the harder each one becomes for your brain, hence the need to take shortcuts at the expense of what will really benefit you in the long-term.

Productivity

Sprints: The secret technique to getting more done in less time

Work overload is a distraction. Many people struggle to find the willpower and energy to focus on what’s really important. Starting today, reclaim your ability to focus, be mindful of what you are doing, and you will create meaningful accomplishments every week.

The Whole Human

The reading brain (why your brain needs you to read every day)

Your brain on books is active — growing, changing and making new connections and different patterns, depending on the type of material you’re reading.

The Whole Human

Feeling stuck in life? How to take your life from stuck to awesome

Staying stuck and refusing to do something about it, is the biggest obstacle to your recovery. The good news is, it’s just a feeling. When you start to make positive movement forward, the feeling will change.

The Whole Human

How to immediately refresh your brain to restore high-level thinking

You can impact your brain function and cognitive abilities by making simple tweaks here and there to your daily routine.

The Whole Human

How to train (and rewire) your brain for happiness

Our brains are wired to be negative, but the good news is that you can train your brain to hold on to happiness in a few minutes a day.

Productivity

Bad habits you must immediately break to improve your life in the next 100 days

Habits define us. And nothing sabotages your creativity and productive life quite like bad habits. It’s about time you paid attention to the habits that could be hindering your progress in life and career.

Productivity

How to ‘reboot’ your creative brain and refresh your focus in 15 minutes or less

Change your brain, change your life. If you want to be in control of your life, control the command center of your body.