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Michelle Woo
Senior platform editor at Forge @Medium. Author of Horizontal Parenting: How to Entertain Your Kid While Lying Down, coming this August.

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Thousands of times a day, someone will publish on Medium. There are stories about whale populations and living in a windmill and the trouble with tipping. Many of these stories are written by writers who’ve hit the publish button for the very first time. To those fine folks, we’re here…

Forge wants to highlight the strategies, life hacks, and bits of wisdom that have made your life better.

Have a weird morning ritual that makes you feel 12% less groggy? A conversation trick that you swear by? A journaling method that gives you an impressive amount of clarity? A phone…

👟 Tip: Talk into a voice transcription app while you walk.

If you’ve been staring at a blank page on your screen for longer than you care to admit, one of the best things you can do is put on your sneakers and flee. That is, go take a walk…

😴 Tip: Tell yourself a bedtime story about your day.

Here’s a lovely ritual that works just as well for adults as it does for kids: Tell yourself a story about your day. It’s a spin on the research-backed “third-person pep-talk.” Basically, before you go to bed, you narrate your…

👵 Tip: Tell yourself you can restart the habit when you’re 80.

In quitting smoking, Better Humans editor Terrie Schweitzer shares what worked for her: Reassuring herself that she could pick up cigarettes again when she turns 80. (She is nowhere near 80.) The reason why this mental trick was…

1️⃣ Tip: Change “any” to “one.”

“Do you have any feedback on my script?” “Is there any way I can support you?” “Please share any ideas with the team.” Put these requests out into the world and you’ll likely hear … crickets. “Any” is too big, too vague, too passive…

🐸 Tip: Give your inner critic its own wacky persona.

If your inner critic is preventing you from being your best self, here’s a piece of advice from Yi Shun Lai: Give it its own weird persona. As she writes on Forge, her inner critic is “Clarence,” a bumbling, warty…

🏃‍♀️ Tip: Break down a long-term goal into sprints.

Maybe you’re curious about a pursuit—say, learning how to cook or taking up graphic design—but you’re overwhelmed because it seems like such a big thing. Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journal, suggests breaking down the goal into a series of…

🧶 Tip: To be a better listener, visualize a ball being passed back and forth.

In a conversation, listening isn’t the price you have to pay to finally be able to say your thing. As Don Johnson explains on Human Parts, it is “an active process that signals genuine interest…

🤷 Tip: When you need to say “no” to something, say you have a rule.

If you need an easy and straightforward way to decline a request—perhaps an acquaintance on Facebook is asking if you want to hear about their latest MLM business or a colleague has just invited you…

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