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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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.
I’ve long adhered to the philosophy that the journey is more important than the destination, that the experience is more valuable than the the result. In my mind, this dovetails with Michael Pollan’s Food Rule No. 53: Pay More, Eat Less, that is, consume less of a more costly product to savor the benefits and […]
I think this is an important question in light of these studies. Oh yeah, and that is not to forget work performance…
The fourth aspect of Right Diligence is that when something beneficial arises, we try to keep it with us as long as possible in the living room, like a friend. p. 94 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
I remember thinking when I saw the first issue of Real Simple, I wonder how many people will get the joke? This week I came across, via Mac’s Backs on Coventry in Cleveland Heights, The Minimalists and, via a blopile listing on Outrospection, an article by Roman Krznaric entitled The Movement to Live More Simply […]
When I had to start making fashion decision for work, I simply put all my suits, shirts and ties in a steady rotation. In the morning I just grabbed the next item in the closet. In the ’90s, when I left the corporate world, I simplified even further and switched to a black jeans and […]
Make no decisions that cause you to lose sleep. First of all, sleep is simply too precious. You need energy for everything you do when it comes to campaigning, and you have no spare sleep. Right now, I have less than 12 weeks left before my primary, and then it’s basically over — there is […]
Rule No. 2 – Don’t Eat Anything Your Great Grandmother Wouldn’t Recognize as Food. 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. 1: Eat Food. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.
A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do to-day. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. Never spend your money before you have it. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. Pride costs […]
What would you do right now if you learned that you were going to die in ten minutes? Would you race upstairs and light that Marlboro you’ve been hiding in your sock drawer since the Ford administration? Would you waltz into your boss’s office and present him with a detailed description of his personal defects? […]