Design and Default: Is Your Auto-Pilot Working for You?

  Being more intentional is a thing nowadays.  Modern life has reached a speed at which it is just a whirlwind of activity, most of which we do not give much thought to as we flit from one to-do list item to another.  When we live like this, we let our auto-pilot take over, and … [Read more…]

The Inner Critic’s Partner in Crime: The Catastrophic Thinker

We all know the inner critic .  He is that voice in your head that is constantly criticizing everything that you do, berating you, and generally keeping you from following your dreams.  Sometimes the inner critic is lazy and just criticizes some offhand comment you made.  But other times, the inner critic is really fired … [Read more…]

The Habit Loop: Cue, Routine, Reward

  Have you tried unsuccessfully to establish a daily habit – such as writing – only to give up after a few days?  How about breaking a bad habit, like indulging in the office donuts or hitting the snooze bar many, many times before getting up?   Habits.  We have a love-hate relationship with them.  We … [Read more…]

The Whys and Hows of Freewriting

I thought it would be good to get back to the topic of writing because lately I’ve been stuck. I can’t think of a single thing to write about.  I am fresh out of ideas.  And because I am stuck, I have been spending my writing time doing some fairly non-writing things, including checking my … [Read more…]

Don’t Let the Button-Pushers Get you Down

  Are there some people in your life that just push your buttons constantly?  If not, then you are probably a Zen meditation master and should put your application in to work with the Dalai Lama.  But if you are among the earthly creatures, then you know exactly what I am talking about.  You probably … [Read more…]

Mandatory Mindfulness

I’m right handed. This does not sound like a shocking revelation.  An astounding 90 percent of the world is right-handed. But did you ever pay attention to what that means?  If you are right-handed, you are literally doing almost everything with only your right hand.  As a right-handed person, I of course write with my right … [Read more…]