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176/365 Running against myself

Yes, I keep track of my word count. Every month I print out a calendar sheet and set word targets for every weekday. This looks a little crazy, but I have to do it because I am basically a lazy person. I need to see whether I’m ahead of plan[…]

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175/365 Take a 24h break

Take a twenty-four-hour break from TV news, talk radio, magazines, or websites that profit from your fear. If the world doesn’t end without you watching every private and global crisis unfold (prediction: It won’t), consider cutting out mindless consumption of these media. from “The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why[…]

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174/365 Positive emotions at will

Emotional resilience is the ability to access positive emotions at will. It doesn’t matter if you’re stressed, or bored, or angry, or in pain—when you have emotional resilience, you can choose to feel something good instead. from “SuperBetter: How a Gameful Life Can Make You Stronger, Happier, Braver and More[…]

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173/365 Happiness is the default

When I was young, I was naturally very unhappy. If nothing good happened, then by default, I was unhappy. Right now, it is the reverse: if nothing bad happens, then by default, I am happy. [..] Happiness is the default state of mind. from “Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path[…]

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171/365 Left empty

Anti-meditation is basically journalling. It’s pouring all your emotions out onto a page so that you are left empty. Emotions are what keep you from getting your best work done. With my emotions out on a page, they are in a safe place, I can keep track of them, and[…]

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170/365 Five tasks

1. Write out a list of five tasks. The tasks can be any size, large or small, but you should be clear in your mind what the definition of ‘finished’ is with regard to each task. For larger tasks and projects you would want to define what your target is[…]

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