Archive for the 'Going Up From Egypt' Category

HEURISTICS AND PRODUCTIVITY…

September 1st, 2014

Experience has taught me that there’s a significant problem attached to being the kind of person who gets excited by productivity systems – to-do lists, time management techniques, personal organisers, expensive notebooks and the like. Two problems, in fact, if you count the one about being ostracised by friends and widely regarded as not quite […]

FEAR IS THE MIND KILLER, I WILL FACE MY FEAR

September 1st, 2014

Real procrastination, which afflicts an estimated 20% of us, isn’t the same as laziness, being disorganised, or putting off boring chores. It’s an active avoidance strategy, and because it’s usually rooted in the fear of failure, or success, or loss of control, it most affects exactly those things that really matter to us, not the […]

RULE NO. 61: SERVE THE VEGETABLES FIRST …

September 1st, 2014

Rule No. 61 – Serve the Vegetables First. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

EMBRACING THE TWO-MINUTE DRILL…

August 31st, 2014

So perhaps we [email] addicts should go easier on ourselves. If you can’t stop checking, don’t try to wage war on your impulses: just have a simple system to deal with the interruption swiftly. Here I’ll invoke (not for the first time) the productivity expert David Allen: if an email can be dealt with in […]

RULE NO. 60: CONSULT YOUR GUT…

August 31st, 2014

Rule No. 60 – Consult Your Gut. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

DOES MINDFULNESS RELATE TO WILLPOWER…?

August 30th, 2014

Our basic practice is the practice of generating the energy [Is Nhat Hahn speaking of willpower here? Is it possible to substitute willpower in every, or most, instances, for energy? JH] of mindfulness, concentration and insight. Insight will bring compassion, love, harmony and peace. p. 96 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat […]

MEDITATION ON KURT VONNEGUT: VIII…

August 30th, 2014

As a teacher, I was usually pretty good at helping people become what they wanted to become. I didn’t try to make them resemble me. – to Mark Vonnegut on 20 March 1972, p. 180. Kurt Vonnegut: Letters. The challenge here is to help students decide what they want to become. Vonnegut was working with […]

RULE NO. 59: DON’T GET TOO HUNGRY…

August 30th, 2014

Rule No. 59 – Don’t Let Yourself Get Too Hungry. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

SO WHAT IF I’M AN INNIE… PISS OFF…

August 29th, 2014

Introverts are not what the rest of us, the three-quarters of the population who are extroverts, think they are. If you’re cripplingly shy and desperate to make more friends, you’re probably an extrovert; if you spend time alone because you’re depressed, you could be either. True introverts are, on balance, drained by social interaction and […]

THE POWER OF NEGATIVE THINKING…

August 29th, 2014

More and previously…

RULE NO. 58: A LITTLE HUNGER IS GOOD…

August 29th, 2014

Rule No. 58 – It’s Okay to Be a Little Hungry. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

CONNIE DUNCAN IS SPOT ON…

August 28th, 2014

While Jeremy’s response is ultimately different, of course, I still think that my own rejection of the passive Have a nice day! and use of the active Do all you can to make today a better day! sets the tone Connie is shooting for here.

RULE NO. 57: MAKE AN APPLE YOUR BENCHMARK…

August 28th, 2014

Rule No. 57 – If You’re Not Hungry Enough to Eat an Apple, Then You’re Probably Not Hungry. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

THE END RESULT OF PRODUCTIVITY PORN…

August 27th, 2014

If you bought every book on clutter in the past few years…you’d just have created more clutter. But there are a few recurring gems of advice if you’re feeling submerged: Categorise your clutter. You won’t be able to figure out what to do with any given bit of stuff if you don’t know what kind […]

RULE NO. 56: DON’T EAT WHEN YOUR BORED…

August 27th, 2014

Rule No. 56 – Eat When You Are Hungry, Not When You Are Bored. (Food is a costly antidepressant.) From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK…!

August 26th, 2014

The most compelling lesson I’ve learnt from the geeks is this: buy a kitchen timer. Recently I’ve been carrying one almost everywhere I go, which is fine except at airport security, where, for some reason, they seem suspicious of things that tick backwards towards zero. Lifehackers love kitchen timers because they’re cheap and simple tools […]

DOES THIS AFFECT SCHOOL PERFORMANCE…?

August 26th, 2014

I think this is an important question in light of these studies. Oh yeah, and that is not to forget work performance…

RULE NO. 55: STOP WHEN YOUR HUNGER IS GONE…

August 26th, 2014

Rule No. 55 – Stop Eating Before You’re Full. Don’t ask, Am I full? Ask instead, Is my hunger gone? From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

RULE NO. 54: EAT LESS…

August 25th, 2014

Rule No. 54 – Eat Less. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ WARM PUPPIES…

August 25th, 2014

The first volunteer was beset by anxiety: she couldn’t decide whether to give up her job and move across the country to be with her fiance – what if he wasn’t the one for her? “So maybe he turns out to be a jerk and you get divorced,” [psychologist Albert]Ellis said, or rather shouted, partly […]

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