Hacking your habits

Today’s Lesson is from my daughter, Cheryl, offering her perspective on using technology to form better habits and improve your life. Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes. Mary Martin 1913 – 1990 Most of you have probably heard of productivity apps — electronic tools that use reminders and virtual to-do lists to help you get more done. I’d resisted trying these tools because I wasn’t convinced the time and effort to use them would actually pay off for me. Then I read about people putting these apps to other uses: to foster new habits, encourage self-improvement, and further their …
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Praise or criticism

Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Proverbs 9:8 At a networking function a few years ago, the developer of a product related an incident where he was offered feedback. The person giving the feedback asked the developer if he wanted praise or the truth. The implication was both daunting and clear: do you want me to tell you how great the product is, or do you want me to be honest? The developer of the product responded that he wanted the truth. Then, he said, he braced himself for the …
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This year, I will

There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. W. Clement Stone 1902 – 2002 As the old year winds down, people seem naturally drawn to two activities. The first is looking back on the old year with a bit of remorse for all the things they’d planned (and failed) to do. The second is looking forward to the fresh New Year and promising, “This year, I’ll ___________.” My guess is you’re probably doing these things already. Given your commitment to dramatically change your life, you’ve probably made a …
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