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…]

How to Make a To-Do List

 I love to-do lists.  I live by them.  I am constantly writing them and rewriting them, and I’ve  experimented with both paper and electronic apps.  Sometimes I use them in combination even.  What I have discovered through, literally, years of to-do list making is that some lists are more effective than others.  Here’s a quick … [Read more…]