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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Leave work at work

My father taught me to work, but he did not teach me to love it. Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865 Recently, my daughter shared a satirical article from The Onion that had a strong element of truth to it. The article explains that health experts had observed immediate and lasting changes in mood and stress levels when people stood up at their desks a single time, then left the office forever. While the story is meant to be funny, it highlights the fact that many people are very unhappy at work, and this unhappiness ends up bleeding into the rest of their …
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Been there, done that

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done. Marie Curie 1867 – 1934 Many of you have probably heard of a “honey do” jar or a job jar: a container stuffed with slips of paper listing all the little things that need to be done around the home. That way, whenever you have spare time, you don’t have to remember the different items that need maintenance or repair — you can just pull a slip from the jar and get started on a chore. Unfortunately, the problem with a job jar is that it always …
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