Archive for the 'Going Up From Egypt' Category

EMAIL TIME…

December 8th, 2014

It’s always nice to encounter scientific backing for advice you’ve been dispensing to your friends for years, whether or not they ever actually asked for it – so I was pleased to learn of a new study lending support to the notion that if you check email less frequently, you’ll be less stressed. As Jesse […]

WHAT AM I MEANT TO BE DOING…?

December 8th, 2014

AND A BOOK!

December 8th, 2014

Oliver Burkeman adds…

MARCUS AURELIUS KNEW NOS. 2-10…

November 7th, 2014

1. Step away from the email 2. Just say no 4. Leave work at work 5. Forget about perfection 6. Don’t be a martyr 7. Ease off the adrenaline 8. Think about retirement 9. Make ’em wait 10. Set your own rules Stuart Jeffries writing in Ten tips for a better work-life balance for The […]

ON THE SUBJECT OF GENIUS…

November 7th, 2014

For sometime I have had my personal aphorism on the subject of genius—Genius is doing the work… Now!—taped to the top of my laptop screen. I’ve even gone so far as to have the copyrighted phrase printed on pencils that I both use and distribute to my students. This morning I was reminded of another […]

DEMANDING, AND RECEIVING, SATISFACTION…

November 5th, 2014

Social psychologists use the dull term “self-schema” to describe the mental maps we use to make sense of our own personalities: we think of ourselves as traditional or conven­tional, self-disciplined or lazy, optimistic or pessimistic. Yet when researchers try to measure such things, they run into people who are “aschematic”: they’ve simply never given much […]

THREE PRACTICAL DECISION STRATEGIES…

November 4th, 2014

1) 5-3-1: A dependable tactic for two people choosing a restaurant or movie: one person picks five options, the other narrows the field to three, then the first person selects one. This “has saved me and my girlfriend from starving to death on more than one occasion”, writes one commenter at ask.metafilter.com. Hint: couples should […]

KNOWING TO DO THE NEXT RIGHT ACTION…

October 22nd, 2014

[T]he potential uses of checklists in everyday life—a list for holiday packing, say, or for getting the kids out of the house every morning (there are hundreds of examples at checklists.com) – aren’t usually matters of life and death. But they are similar in this respect: the idea of making a checklist is so stupidly […]

WORK HARD TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE…

October 20th, 2014

[d]emystifying passion “is liberating. It frees you from obsession over whether you are doing the ‘right’ thing with your life,” says Cal Newport. Almost any interest “can be transformed into a passion with hard work, so there’s no reason to sweat choices such as [a university degree] or your first post-college career.” If you’re fortunate […]

OUR FANTASIES SAP OUR MOTIVATION…

October 16th, 2014

[P]icturing an imaginary glass of water might make people less motivated to get up and head to the watercooler or the tap in order to quench their real, non-imaginary thirst. This conclusion is precisely the reverse of one of the central tenets of pop psychology: the idea that picturing the future you desire makes it […]

WHILE I WAS ON RETREAT, PART II…

October 7th, 2014

Ohio police given ‘pep talk’ ahead of Walmart shooting saved 14 days ago. Defense Contractors Are Making a Killing saved 14 days ago. Former Treasury Officials Are Manipulating American Journalists saved 14 days ago. How the CIA Watched Over the Destruction of Gary Webb saved 14 days ago. Insane Traffic Stop Tests ‘Show Me Your […]

YOU ARE WHERE YOU FIND YOURSELF…

October 7th, 2014

We think we’re making a fresh start when really we’re only adjusting one or two of countless variables. But there’s a deeper problem: the concept of the fresh start suggests a very bizarre notion of the self. It implies that you can “stand back” from your personality characteristics, nominate some of them for change, then […]

WHILE I WAS ON RETREAT, PART I…

October 6th, 2014

The myth of religious violence saved 13 days ago. Walmart video: police killed man on cellphone saved 13 days ago. Syria Becomes the 7th Muslim Country Bombed saved 13 days ago. Mohammed Is the Top Baby Name saved 13 days ago. Apple Still Has Plenty of Your Data saved 13 days ago. Master Class in […]

FINDING A BETTER WAY TO FEEL COMFORTED…

October 6th, 2014

The subtler problem is that we tend to think about habit change wrongly. (I’m not talking about physiological addictions.) We get trapped in a paradox: we want to, say, stop watching so much TV, but on the other hand, demonstrably, we also want to watch lots of TV – after all, we keep doing it […]

REAL EXPERTS ARE TOO BUSY DOING…

October 5th, 2014

[T]here’s something jarring about being told, say, how to manage your time by someone who spends their life immersed in time-management systems: the rest of us don’t have time to live like that, which is kind of the whole point. Or take the pop-psychology cliché of discovering your “life purpose”. This might be a valid […]

GONE THINKING…

September 24th, 2014

For the next 10 days, Thursday, 25 September through through Saturday, 4 October, I will be on retreat and enjoying an Electronic Fast. I’ll be reachable by phone and I’ll check emails once a day for emergencies, but don’t expect any new posts until Sunday, 5 October. Enjoy.

24 HOURS TO HIGH SCHOOL WALKOUT…

September 24th, 2014

Living on 24 Hours saved 27 days ago. Westminster Crackers saved 19 days ago. Willpower Expert Roy Baumeister on Staying in Control saved 3 days ago. Immigration protest cancelled over Mexican cartels ‘death threats’ saved 2 days ago. ‘We attribute too much to luck. Luck is an atheistic word for God’ saved 2 days ago. […]

RULE NO. 82: COOK…

September 22nd, 2014

Rule No. 82 – Cook. 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. 81: GROW SOME OF YOUR FOOD…

September 21st, 2014

Rule No. 81 – Plant a Vegetable Garden if You Have the Space, a Window Box if You Don’t. 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. 80: COMPOST…

September 20th, 2014

Rule No. 80 – Compost. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

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