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The author, his wife, and their 5-year-old son.

We give our child at least half an hour of playtime before school, and it’s made all our mornings better

Children thrive on routine, which is why my family gives our 5-and-a-half-year-old son at least 30 minutes of playtime before school.
The author, not pictured, limited herself to two social plans a week from Monday to Friday.

I limited myself to seeing friends 2 times a week, and it had a surprising effect on me

As a New Year's resolution last year, I decided to limit myself to just two evening plans a week. It wasn't easy, but it has taught me something.
They only take 10 minutes.

7 ways to make next year better than this year in a matter of minutes

Being happy doesn't require overhauling your lifestyle. Try these tweaks to your daily schedule to be a healthier and more productive person.
Marla Beck, cofounder and CEO of Bluemercury.

A CEO who sold her beauty company for $210 million wakes up every day at 6 a.m. without an alarm, walks 4 miles, and spends up to 3 hours working from...

Marla Malcolm Beck, the cofounder and CEO of beauty-store chain Bluemercury, has a jam-packed morning routine.
Focus on today.

There’s a fatal flaw in your 5-year plan

We often try to mold our lives by creating five-year plans or devising perfect morning routines. But, according to a variety of experts and writers, we should discard the idea that we can design our lives. Keep reading to find out why so many five-year plans are flawed by design.
With discipline comes freedom, says retired US Navy SEAL commander Jocko Willink.

A retired Navy SEAL commander does 2 things every night before bed so he can attack the next day the minute he wakes up

Jocko Willink learned the importance of discipline in the SEALs, and it's something he carries with him to the very end of the day.

I asked a series of execs about their bedtime routines — and kept hearing about the same ritual

We got executives — including startup founders and CEOs — to tell us about their bedtime routines. Many say they read books or articles before going to sleep.

Here’s what I learned from working out with former Navy SEAL commanders before dawn

I woke up before dawn to work out with former Navy SEALs Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, and the experience taught me about discipline.

A happiness expert says being happier on a daily basis could be as simple as trying a new lunch spot

Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin says novelty and challenge tend to make people happier — and that might simply mean going to a different lunch spot tomorrow.

7 things people think are terrible for their productivity that actually aren’t

Drawing on scientific research and expert opinion, we busted a series of myths about what's bad for your productivity.