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On Decisions (II): Why We Fear Making Decisions and How To Get Over It

Avoiding decisions

In the last post I talked about how our decisions determine our lives and how that is a good thing (but mainly why I am living in Turkey now). Yet most people dread making decisions. When faced with a choice, they find themselves paralyzed and unable to decide or procrastinating in order to avoid having to decide. Read More »

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On Decisions (I): What We Choose Determines Our Lives

Making decisions

This morning when I sit down to write, something is different. I’m surrounded by unfamiliar sounds and smells in a room which isn’t my own, hear pieces of conversations through the window which I don’t understand, and have to fight a cat off my leg that isn’t mine. I smile with the realization that I am not at home. I did it. I moved to another country.

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Faster, Harder, Shorter! – Reach the next training level with HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training

This is a follow-up post to a blog post on HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) I recently wrote for my friends at bevegt (direct link here). Since the original was in German and herbiwarrior is a bilingual blog I’m giving a short recap before diving into the details, so you can skip ahead if you read the article over at their page.

Part I – Advantages and method of HIIT

HIIT is a training method that makes it possible to achieve big results with very little input. The principle behind it are short,very intense training sessions, approximately 20 minutes in length. In recent years the method has been studied in detail and proven by sports medicine. Athletes from all disciplines, from weight lifters to runners, can profit from doing HIIT

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Rewards or How I Got Myself to Stick to a Schedule with Takeout Food

reward yourself

In the last blog post I talked about boundaries and how I started going to bed and getting up at regular hours. The funny thing is that while looking to solve my insomnia, I had read many times that going to bed at regular hours helps the body understand when it’s supposed to sleep. And of course I ignored this advice as many times as I read it.

Why is it so hard to change? We all know about the things that would improve our lives, so why don’t we just do them? It’s because humans aren’t rational. If all it took to make high-impact life changes were a rational decision, we could just explain to everyone the consequences of unhealthy behavior (which governments have tried for years) and wipe out chronic disease by tomorrow. Read More »

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Boundaries or Why I Have a Bed Time Again

mental boundaries

For the past two years I have been working on herbiwarrior as my first entrepreneurial project (as you probably know since you are reading this). It has been a lot of fun and very rewarding. I can’t remember ever learning as much in such a short amount of time as I have in the two years of working on this project.

However, during that time there were several moments in which I was ready to give up. Why? Because I was stressed out of my mind. It turns out that being an entrepreneur also has many downsides such as lack of a steady paycheck, the need to organize everything yourself, or your family being worried about “what the boy is up to now”.

For me personally it is also the lack of a scheduled workday. Ironically, I miss the 9 to 5. These past two years I have kind of been making it all up as I went along. I got up and went to bed at unsteady times, my schedule was constantly changing, and overall my life was characterized by an absolute absence of routine. Read More »

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