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I mentioned in a past post that I really need to work on my practice of sleeping. Later I got a very friendly email from a bloke named Wally, telling me that he had read the article, liked it, and thought that you (my erstwhile readers) might benefit from a smorgasbord of sleep tips he’d […]

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I’ve talked a lot about the many benefits – both personal and reported – of meditation. It’s one of the few lifehacks that both lives up to the reputation and has been relatively simple to do consistently. Soto zen meditation, as I’ve mentioned, is not very fancy. You don’t get to chant, you don’t get […]

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Get a Pen and Paper: Pop Quiz! Today’s bonus question: what did you do today that you also did yesterday? Can you think of anything? Let’s make it a little harder: did you do it the day before? Did you do it last week? If it is difficult to think of something, maybe you’re trying […]

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The Battle of Wills

There’s a conflict that rages every morning the moment I first drift into waking consciousness. It first manifests by my social media (aka the Gravy Hose) craving, when I wonder What have I missed in the last seven hours? My hand reaches almost automatically towards the bedside table – where my phone isn’t. No, my […]

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Practicing Micro-Changes

This morning, in the midst of grumping about a lot of things that really didn’t need grumping about, my phone was brightened by a photo from a reader of this blog. The title of the photo was “Gray-induced Micro-Changes” and it looked like this: Confused? I was. She quickly explained: “First visible parking spot. Even […]

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Like many other writers in the personal development field, I’ve been eagerly awaiting Gretchen Rubin’s new book Better Than Before. In fact, purchasing it was basically tax-deductible for me; I write every Monday about practices and habits, so a book all about how they’re formed would be essential to my work…right? Even better, I recently had […]

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I was having a fascinating discussion with a neuropsychologist, an nurse anesthetist, and a GrandMaster competitive pistol marksman (I know, sounds like the start of a joke, right?) about the differences between good and bad educators. In all of our fields we had consistently seen the phenomenon of the person who was a great “doer” […]

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The Hypothesis: As I’ve mentioned a while back, 2015 is a year where my over-arching focus is intended to be a complete abandoning of any “time-management” techniques. That is to say: I don’t want to manage my time, I want to master it. Managing is something you do with what you’re given; mastery is what you […]

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One of the ways to change your habits – whether to remove or add them – is to trick yourself into doing it by connecting it to some other abstract ritual. It feeds into our natural human tendency for pattern recognition – for example, the famous self-help guru Jerry Seinfeld recommends “chaining”, which is simply to […]

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It was a rough weekend. I was presenting at a conference in Rhode Island, and from the beginning – actually, from before the beginning – things just weren’t going right. I won’t go into the details of all what was wrong…but things were just off. Not in terms of individuals – everyone I met with personally, working for […]

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