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The Economics Of Fear

I love reading The Watchtower of Destruction: The Ferrett’s Journal because of essays such as this one:  The Economics Of Fear.  I’m at least a couple of steps behind where Ferrett is in personal development.  I’m still learning to step … Continue reading

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Merlin Mann on Getting Creative Things Done

I found this talk very inspiring: Merlin Mann on Getting Creative Things Done – Boing Boing.  The Sound of Young America The part I particularly liked was: you already have what you need to do the creative work you’re dreaming … Continue reading

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99.95 percent versus 99.5 percent

What difference does 0.45-percent make?  On a daily basis, none.  On a yearly basis, it’s a lot. I was listening to Scientific American’s rebroadcast of their interview with Dr. Atul Gawande,  Atul Gawande Redux.  He describes sitting in with one … Continue reading

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Keep it to Yourself!

I found this post, CreditBloggers: Got a Plan to Reduce Your Credit Card Debt? Keep it to Yourself!, an interesting contrast to this one, The Only Two Secrets to Motivating Yourself You’ll Ever Need. The first post suggests that when … Continue reading

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Priming the pump of efficiency

This post of Seth Godin’s Priming the pump of efficiency talks about the hit your efficiency takes when you switch to a new way of doing doings. On a short-term scale or a medium-term scale, you would be much better … Continue reading

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Happily Building My Sandcastle

Larísa has a beautiful post on her justification for playing WoW, Happily building my sandcastle.  Her argument is that WoW is a hobby much like any other.  It’s not about economic gain, or self-improvement, or getting a hot date, or … Continue reading

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Increase Productivity with the 3 Open Project Method

I like this idea Increase Productivity with the 3 Open Project Method. It might be a good way to go on days when I have a couple of projects to get through, especially when I’m having trouble getting motivated.

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The Chain Breaks

Well, I made it 201 days of doing about 20 minutes of dedicated exercise per day.  I went from June 10 to December 27, 2008.  What broke the chain was discouragement.  With the holidays here my regular routine has been … Continue reading

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Project Euler

Project Euler Exercises Your Mind with Mathematical Problems looks like something I’d like to check out. Heinlein once suggested mathematics as a great way to fill empty hours. I don’t have so many of those any more, but I have … Continue reading

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Push ups Two Weeks In

I’m making progress on my push ups. I’m up to 31 now. Only 69 to go!

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How to Write a Thank You Note

The Art of Manliness has a good post on How to Write a Thank You Note. I’ve been thinking about doing this more as one of my projects. I’m trying to gradually ramp up with self-improvement stuff as I think … Continue reading

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No More Coke Zero

Every two weeks or so I buy a pack of Coke Zero to drink.  Sadly, I’m going to have to quit doing that.  For some reason it seems to make me twitchy and irritable.  Ah well, with winter coming fast … Continue reading

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Headed for 100

My daily workout program has been going well.  I’ve stuck with it for over 18 weeks now without missing a day.  For a change of pace, I’m going to do hundred pushups program for my strength workout.  My initial test … Continue reading

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Reasons to Play World of Warcraft

Larisa’s post on Why Do I WoW? struck a lot of chords with me.  Like her, I really wasn’t that into team play growing up.  I still find myself repelled by most group activities.  Doing things with a team and … Continue reading

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Become an Expert with the Power of Deliberate Practice

Micro Persuasion: Become an Expert with the Power of Deliberate Practice gives the tried and true response to becoming better at something – Practice! The notable addition is that you track what you’re doing. I know I tend to be … Continue reading

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Motivation: Commit a Habit to Paper to Break It

Motivation: Commit a Habit to Paper to Break It You have to write down your goal. Write a start date. Write an end date (30 days is a good time frame). Write down exactly what you’re going to do. Write … Continue reading

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PocketMod: The Free Recyclable Personal Organizer

PocketMod: The Free Recyclable Personal Organizer looks like it might be useful. I liked the Lifehacker suggestions.

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