Got allergies? Get habits.

Spring is here, and so is allergy season. Before you reach for those over-the-counter pills, though, consider taking the GIDIG approach:  Identify a goal, break it down into small daily actions, and turn those actions into habits. If your goal is to get through allergy season without getting a sinus infection or stumbling around in a

A habit system is not a To-Do List

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.

Define your habits

Some goals are so vague that they’re difficult to quantify, much less achieve. “Get in shape.” “Be more positive.”  The same problem arises with habits. If you’re struggling to acquire a habit, there’s a good chance that you need to redefine it. When you’re defining a habit, narrow it down to a specific action, performed at

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

Plotting your way to success

When I begin work on a new story, I start with five basic questions: Who is the protagonist? What does he want? What does he do to get it? What stands in his way? How does he overcome it? Since I spend a lot of time thinking in storytelling terms, I tend to look to