Archive for the 'Going Up From Egypt' Category

ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY INDEX CARD…

September 17th, 2014

I am obsessed with index cards. A number of us, actually, suffer from this condition. For several years, the largely blog-based movement known as “lifehacking” has embraced the unassuming index card as an unrivalled tool for personal organisation – a dirt-cheap, portable medium for keeping lists, taking notes, brainstorming, memorising, organising your schedule, or leaving […]

RULE NO.77: DON’T CLEAN YOUR PLATE…

September 17th, 2014

Rule No. 77 – Leave Something on Your Plate. (This one will be particularly hard, but good practice to strengthen discipline.) From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY

September 16th, 2014

We face a “coming dark age”, cautions Maggie Jackson in Distracted, one of the better recent works on the topic. She fears an “attention-deficit future” in which we’ll live shallow, fragmented, joyless lives, robbed of our powers of “deep focus”. It doesn’t disprove this thesis to observe that people have been saying similar things at […]

RULE NO. 76: PUT FLOWERS ON THE TABLE…

September 16th, 2014

Rule No. 76 – Place a Bouquet of Flowers on the Table and Everything Will Taste Twice as Good. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

HOW LOW CAN YOU GO…?

September 16th, 2014

WHEN WRITING, WRITE…

September 15th, 2014

My favourite anecdote about the novelist Anthony Trollope—no less noteworthy, I like to think, for also being my only anecdote about Anthony Trollope—concerns his writing habits. Each morning, before leaving for his job at the post office, he wrote for three hours. (“Three hours a day,” he reckoned, “will produce as much as a man […]

RULE NO. 75: NO LABELS ON THE TABLE…

September 15th, 2014

Rule No. 75 – No Labels on the Table. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

FIGHT HOMOPHILY: GET AROUND MORE…

September 14th, 2014

The faintly depressing human tendency to seek out and spend time with those most similar to us is known in social science as “homophily”, and it shapes our views, and our lives, in ways we’re barely aware of. It explains why, if you know the political positions of a person’s friends, you can predict their […]

DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU WANT TO ACT…

September 13th, 2014

“Don’t wait until you want to do something,” Fast writes, in possibly the single most useful productivity tip ever (it’s a close cousin of “motivation follows action”, mentioned here previously.) “Many people equate depression with the inability to work. In reality, the problem is often the inability to feel like working.” But it’s not just […]

I HAD A DREAM ONCE TOO, BUT

September 13th, 2014

RULE NO. 73: EAT ONLY AT A TABLE…

September 13th, 2014

Rule No. 73 – Do All Your Eating at a Table. 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 ESSENCE OF BEGINNER’S MIND IS…

September 13th, 2014

RULE NO. 72: SNACK FROM NATURE…

September 12th, 2014

Rule No. 72 – Limit Your Snacks to Unprocessed Plant Foods. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

BRAND ME…!

September 11th, 2014

In true Tom Peters style, the concept of Brand You was ahead of its time. Tom introduced it in a Fast Company article in August 1997: “The Brand Called You.” It’s been causing quite a stir ever since—with critics decrying self-promotion—and only with the advent of social media did it start to gain wide acceptance. […]

RULE NO. 71: EAT MEALS…

September 11th, 2014

Rule No. 71 – Eat Meals. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

JEREMY, BECOME ONE WITH THE WALT…

September 11th, 2014

IN OUR SEQUENCE OF FLEETING MOMENTS…

September 10th, 2014

[O]ur lives are plagued with what the blogger Merlin Mann, calls “interstitial time” – small chunks of minutes spent waiting at the doctor’s surgery, or for someone who’s late, or for a meeting postponed at short notice. It feels like time wasted. But it needn’t be. The poet William Carlos Williams, for example, wrote much […]

SNICKERS BARS WORKED FOR ME…

September 10th, 2014

In each case, the results supported the idea that self-control literally relies on glucose. When blood glucose is depleted, we’re less able to exert self-control. The researchers say that the brain has a limited reserve amount of glucose, which allows us to handle the initial task demanding self control, whether it be watching a movie […]

RULE NO. 70: KING, PRINCE, PAUPER…

September 10th, 2014

Rule No. 70 – Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, Dine Like a Pauper. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

JUST START IN TO SING…

September 10th, 2014

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done      But he with a chuckle replied That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one      Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin      On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he […]

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