To-Do Lists tend to be long, unfocused, and unrealistic. Wildly optimistic, at best. If your habit system includes things that you routinely leave undone, you’ve entered To-Do List territory and the primary habit you’re acquiring is the habit of non-completion. If this sounds familiar, it may be time to prune and refocus your habit system.
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When you’re in a great mood, full of optimism and energy, you accomplish more. Or do you? That’s a question Sophie von Stumm, a psychology professor at University of London, is attempting to answer with moo-Q. This free iPhone app collects information five times a day—you choose the times—and asks you to rate your mood
Should, could, would: What these words have in common, other than their bizarre spelling, is that they’re all synonyms for “Nothing is going to change.” The same could be said for do more, be better, try harder, and work smarter. If we’re going to round up all the usual suspects, let’s also include resolutions, good
When you walk into your bedroom at night, your hand will automatically reach for the light switch. You don’t have to think about it; in fact, you probably won’t be aware that you’re doing it. You’ll do it every time, even if there’s a power outage, or if you’re entering the bedroom specifically to change