» How to Start ‘There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.’ ~Buddha Post written by Leo Babauta. How do you start something new? Whether it’s beginning an exercise program, getting going with a task you want to complete, or creating a new business or product from scratch — how do you get started? It’s one of the most intimidating things. Procrastination is putting off the start. How I Started When I started Zen Habits, I had no idea how to start. I couldn’t do all that — I had a job (two actually) and a family with six kids. That was incredibly easy, and I felt great. Then I did one more thing: I did a short post reflecting on some things I’d been doing. This was my start. Start a Task If you read my Un-Procrastination ebook, you know how easy it was to read. But then someone said, “It’s easier to read the book than implement it!” Too true. How do you start on a task when you’re procrastinating because it’s too hard? First, pick a task. Start a Habit
Put Together a Killer Go Bag This Weekend My current Go Bag consists of: A $20 backpack from Target that has a lot of room for stuff. I was thinking one from Ikea as well, but not as big as I'd like it to be. Inside that bag: - Front Pouch holds some medicine and some instant Coffee (VIA). A headphone pouch repurposed for pens and other doohickies. - Room for iPad and Bluetooth Keyboard Case - Room for Laptop 15" and power. - A small pouch for couple of SSDs - A Camera Bag with my trust camera and other accessories. - A Soft carrying case for cables, iPad output kits, etc. - A Headphone pouch repurposed to carry stuff like pens, pencils, and power cord for said backpack - A first aid kit. - Has straps to carry a decent sized lightweight tripod for that said photo. I used to carry some food in a Swiss Army satchel, but that's been retired for the time being. It gets heavy with Laptop but even with all of that stuff in, there's still room for additional stuff. Best $20 I've spent on a backpack in a long time.
How Sadness Skews our Rationality | Praxis Down in the dumps? You’d better watch your wallet, among other things. We all face dozens of choices every day between instant gratification and delayed rewards, perhaps too often opting for the immediate pleasure. The biases that accompany the blues could be contributing to America’s scourge of credit card debt, rampant obesity and even the growing national debt. Scrutinizing the so-called “sadder is wiser” adage in the context of intertemporal choices, Lerner, Ye Li and Elke Weber conducted three experiments to see how mood affects financial decisions. How did sadness skew the subjects’ choices? Sad participants were more impatient than neutral participants in their choices, i.e., more willing to forego larger rewards in the future to obtain smaller rewards now. Specifically, sad participants settled for $37 today rather than $85 in three months’ time, but neutral participants demanded $56 today to give up a claim the same future pay-out.
The Now Habit In this post, I present a mind map with the full summary of the book The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play. Despite a cover that reminds me of the “remarkable” Windows 3.1 ‘Hot Dog Stand’ color scheme, I don’t have much to say about The Now Habit other than it’s one of the most useful books I’ve ever read. Since its publication back in 1988, it has become well-known among chronic procrastinators looking for ways to overcome this crippling condition, and for very good reasons. The Procrastination Habit As the title of the book suggests, procrastination is a habit — it’s not caused by lack of organization or lack of time management skills. Back in 2004, when implementing the David Allen’s Getting Things Done method, I fell exactly in that trap: tweaking my to-do lists, installing the latest software on my PDA and clearing my inboxes all worked as perfect excuses to avoid doing what I knew I was supposed to be doing instead!
How To Motivate Yourself – Self Motivation Staying motivated is a struggle — our drive is constantly assaulted by negative thoughts and anxiety about the future. Everyone faces doubt and depression. What separates the highly successful is the ability to keep moving forward. There is no simple solution for a lack of motivation. Reasons We Lose Motivation There are 3 primary reasons we lose motivation. Lack of confidence – If you don’t believe you can succeed, what’s the point in trying? How to Boost Confidence The first motivation killer is a lack of confidence. The way to get out of this thought pattern is to focus on gratitude. It might sound strange that repeating things you already know can improve your mindset, but it’s amazingly effective. Developing Tangible Focus The second motivation killer is a lack of focus. If you’re caught up in fear based thinking, the first step is focusing that energy on a well defined goal. By focusing your mind on a positive goal instead of an ambiguous fear, you put your brain to work.
Change a Habit in Three Steps with This Flowchart I'm going to promote your comment by way of calling you out for being a bullshitter extraordinaire. Nicotine is one of the most famously addictive substances known. There are many cases reported of people who were told they had cancer, were on drugs and treatment to help them fight cancer, and yet could not stop smoking tobacco. The BBC had a documentary about this phenomenon at least 15 years ago. If you claim that you simply stopped your addiction to tobacco and 'it was easy', I can only suspect you to be either a liar or someone with above-human psychological abilities. Next, you denounce anyone who can't lose weight as being 'weak, lazy' and lacking motivation. You're a troll, right? Fuck you. I do know many people who have just quit tobacco, even after many many years. The simple fact is some people can do it, others cannot. Plenty of people quit that way.
Positive psychology Return to Main page. Compiled by William Tillier Calgary Alberta. June, 2012. Table of contents Return to top A). Several early contributions to positive psychology were important including works by Jahoda (1958) and Maslow (1954). Seligman introduced positive psychology as "a movement" during his term as president of the APA in 1998. Positive psychology has been extremely successful on a number of fronts including over 1000 publications, numerous special issues, numerous handbooks, etc. Psychological concerns with happiness did not originate with Seligman. It appears that from its inception, positive psychology has been plagued by a number of inherent and significant problems. Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi criticized popular psychology and the various "unscientific" applications and self–help movements that developed as spinoffs of humanistic psychology. Positive experiences, positive emotions and strengths of character are also paramount in this approach. Common acronyms encountered: B).
I<3ME: 10 Ways to Love Yourself You’re running late to class. On top of that, you can’t remember the last time you shaved your legs, you’re sleep-deprived, and the guy you like was just tagged in Facebook pics with another girl. You finally get to class – only to realize you forgot that a huge paper is due. This is definitely not a moment you’ll include in your college scrapbook. We all have moments in life when we’re not exactly our #1 fans. 10. » Top 20 Motivation Hacks – An Overview By Leo Babauta This article is a list of tips and tricks that, if used in combination, are a nearly sure way to achieve your goals. Achieving goals is not a matter of having “discipline”. Here they are: 1. Now, you will have some bad marks on your chart. 2. Well, a great motivator that I’ve learned is that when you have so much energy at the beginning of a program, and want to go all out — HOLD BACK. 3. Each time I joined a forum, it helped keep me on track. 4. Find a magazine photo or a picture online and post it somewhere where you can see it not only daily, but hourly if possible. 5. 6. I have a rule (not an original one) that I just have to put on my running shoes and close the door behind me. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.
"Force Quit" Yourself to Get Your Sleep Schedule Back on Track and Avoid Another Day of Fatigue Your body has to receive triggers as to when it is day & night for your body clock run on. If you shifted continents, you'd still want to stay up later, faking the day/night cues for your body works. Basically, this means if you have DSPD, having the lights on at night is a killer, which is the opposite of what I want, because I don't want to switch them off when I'm feeling wide awake. But, the lights on are exactly what makes my body think it's still day/early evening etc. There's a theory that a good portion of DSPD people are just more sensitive to artificial lighting than everyone else. Monitors are especially bad with the blue light. Wearing amber sunglasses from early evening onwards helps me, melanon, and bright lights that switch on about an hour before I get up in the morning. Oh, and I figured out a work-around for the weekend sleep-in. And I do have to use 'force quitting' in the evening.
Positive Psychology Manifesto | Optimal Functioning - positive psychology & physical health The Positive Psychology Manifesto was created during the first Akumal meeting in 1999 and revised during the second Akumal meeting in 2000 by the following authors: Ken Sheldon, Barbara Frederickson, Kevin Rathunde, Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, and Jonathan Haidt. Definition of Positive Psychology: “Positive Psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning. It aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive. The positive psychology movement represents a new commitment on the part of research psychologists to focus attention upon the sources of psychological health, thereby going beyond prior emphases upon disease and disorder.” (Sheldon, Fredrickson, Rathunde, Csikszentmihalyi, & Haidt, 2000) Goals of Positive Psychology: “To meet these objectives we must consider optimal functioning at multiple levels, including biological, experiential, personal, relational, institutional, cultural, and global. Applications of Positive Psychology:
How To Stop Procrastinating | RECOVER... As I mentioned in my last post, stress eating is a result of one of two things. 1.) You have no control over the outcome of something, such as getting laid off or dealing with someone else’s reaction to something you said or did. 2.)You do have control over something, such as paying your bills or cleaning your house, but you can’t seem to get yourself to do it. In the last post, I discussed ways to soothe yourself as you accept the things you cannot change. To procrastinate is to delay important tasks to an unspecified future time. Procrastination usually results in guilt, stress and in some extreme cases, the behavior that replaces the task at hand (the procrastination behavior- what you do instead of studying/paying bills/cleaning/exercising etc.) can cause a crisis or an addiction. If you are already prone to binge eating, procrastination can be catnip for your behavior. How to Stop Procrastinating and Beat Stress Eating 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10.) ShareThis
Recovered focus booster - what is the pomodoro technique?; try t The pomodoro technique is a time management technique which was created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980's. This method of time management allows you to work with time (by way of a tomato pomodoro timer), using time to your advantage to stay fresh, remove distractions and create a better work life balance. The pomodoro technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals (referred to as ‘pomodoros’ or ‘pomodoro sessions’). These intervals are separated by breaks (the standard is 5 minutes). How do you implement the pomodoro technique? Here are the five basic steps to implementing pomodoro time management; - decide on the focus task.- set the pomodoro timer to 25 minutes.- work on the task until the timer rings.- take a short break (5 minutes), keep note of the number of session you complete.- every 4 sessions take a longer break, perhaps 15 or 20 minutes. Benefits of a digital pomodoro timer Who is the pomodoro technique best for?
Learn to Survive the Most Common Deadly Bites I'd gladly be bitten/stung by any of those things than be stung by a suzumebachi; it's what I'm most afraid of here in my tiny mountain village in Japan. We have giant centipedes (mukade) that are creepy and have a nasty bite, but the suzumebachi will frakkin' kill you... sometimes with one sting. They're the Asian giant hornet, or "sparrow hornet," or "yak-killer" and they kill more people annually in Japan than all other animal attacks/bites/stings *combined*. Also, when they sting you, they emit a pheromone that attracts and enrages other suzumebachi, so as soon as you're stung, you're a walking target for other angry suzumebachi. I've only seen 'em around my village a couple of times, luckily.