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Over the years, I’ve built up a perfect method to help consistently achieve a deep, restful sleep. I’m sharing all the details here to serve as a reference for anyone who’s interested in improving their own sleep.

Looking through the lenses of pharmacology, technology, habits, and setting, you can cultivate a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to getting the best sleep.


  • No caffeine 6–8 hours before bedtime. Caffeine’s half-life is about 5 hours, so even 8+ hours later you’ll still have at least a quarter of the caffeine in your bloodstream.
  • When you need a little extra help winding down, you can take 5-HTP, GABA, L-Theanine, Melatonin, and Magnesium supplements about 30 minutes before bed. This is a fairly common “sleep stack” that helps your mind and body relax. You can even order an all-in-one capsule on Amazon. I only have these when I need that extra bit of help so that I don’t build a dependence/tolerance. …

It’s time to leave the world of a dozen single-purpose apps behind.

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Say goodbye to the giant set of tools that trail in your team’s wake and lay there forgotten, silently draining your budget and accumulating cruft.

Say goodbye to Google Docs, Sheets, Airtable, Trello, JIRA, Confluence, Balsamiq,, Mural, Abstract, Sketch, Zeplin, Invision, Principle, and whatever else has been bogging down your workflow.

You only need three tools for your design team

With Notion, you can bring everything from documentation, interview notes, product ideas, research insights, inspiration galleries, project trackers, hiring pipeline, and much more all into one place. This is your team’s collective consciousness.

A great way to learn more about what you can do with Notion is to check out their templates gallery. …

Accelerated learning is the fastest and most straightforward way to get into the booming tech industry. But how do you make the life-changing choice of which school and course to take?

“Learn UX Design now!”

“Become a programmer in 8 weeks!”

“Xcelerated Learning School guarantees you a job!”

I’m sure you’ve seen these. I’m sure you’ve heard some version of this basic promise:

Quit your job, give us three months (and $10k+), and we’ll turn you into a highly-paid world-changing employee of the only industry that still has a future.

As with any gold rush (I’m looking at you, ICOs), you have to find the treasure in the rubble.

I chose Bitmaker (now Bitmaker General Assembly) five years ago as soon as it announced its opening in Toronto. But for me it wasn’t much of a choice. …


Ahmad Kadhim

Head of Product at TimeSaved. Previously General Assembly, 500px. Design System Nerd. Startup Advisor.

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