All in Lifestyle Design

Cold Showers

Cold showers are often talked about for their supposed health benefits, boosting the immune system and speeding muscle recovery after hard workouts. This past year I took a deep dive into the practice.

Failwell Chicago

One of my close friends at college, and the best barber I know, decided to take a leave of absence from UChicago this quarter for various reasons. After listening to his podcast “Failwell” I was inspired to learn more about both the creative process behind it as well as his musings on the topic. I hope by sharing it here that you too might begin to consider failure and success, college, and maybe even life itself slightly differently.

How to Dutch Reach

Back in October, I was coming home from an intramural “Midnight Soccer” match when someone threw open their car door causing me to crash, flip over their door while my bike crashed into it, and roll across the asphalt road. The accident happened less than a block away from my apartment, and despite my initial thought that I would shake it off, resulted in me being treated at the hospital and (eventually) being diagnosed with a concussion.

The Power of Institutions

Whether we like them or not, institutions are here to stay. Although there are definitely times throughout history where tearing down the old and building something new paid off, for most of us, most of the time, it‘s most efficient to work within their confines rather than try to break free.

Custom Tea Set

This past year I made the choice to upgrade my travel tea set from the red dragon porcelain to a titanium set. Although I loved the old cups, the cups were extremely small, and porcelain is prone to breaking. Not to mention, the heat transfer through the porcelain was high enough that I often risked burning my fingers when pouring the tea.

Investing for Everyone

Many of the most valuable lessons from my time at the University of Chicago come from a class I took this semester called “Economics for Everyone” taught by Steven Levitt and John List. One of these lessons was Levitt’s 6 tips for a strong personal finance strategy.

The Power of Defaults

In my economics class this quarter, my professor has often stressed to us the power of defaults. The basic idea is similar to inertia: set people on a path, and they will continue on it. This has far-reaching consequences in various realms such as financial policies, legal decisions, and business plans. However, you can also use it to improve your social life.

Conflicting Optimizations

For those of us constantly thinking about lifestyle design, optimization is a familiar concept that we are always applying to new areas of our lives. However, these trends can intersect, leading two optimized solutions to be one unoptimized problem.