Planning and progress

The central focus of GIDIG is habits–the things you do, day after day, to work toward a goal that matters to you. The daily routines are essential, but it’s also helpful to set a time at regular intervals to evaluate your progress and plan the next phase of your journey. For me, the last day

What’s your moo-Q?

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

What’s your story?

Data is powerful. It can give feedback, measure progress, reveal weaknesses, and spark insights. But given the choice between data and annecdote, people tend to give more weight to story. Habits are important. They are the everyday routines that keep you healthy, the practice sessions that build skills, the daily tasks that get the job


Benjamin Franklin is one of my habit heroes. He was serious about building a habit system, and his writings are full of solid, commonsense advice. I especially appreciate his routine of starting the morning by asking, “What good shall I do today?” and ending the evening with, “What good have I done today?” Taking a

What’s the quale?

One of my newest habits is learning word a day. I’ve subscribed to, which delivers a new word to my email box every weekday. Many of the words are familiar, but this week I got one that I’d never encountered. It’s so useful that I have no idea why it’s not in common usage.