Archive for March, 2012

I Think The Zombie Apocalypse Has Occurred

Posted on March 30, 2012 by

Zombies are supposed to rise up and walk through the streets, sucking the brains out of anyone they meet.

The scary thing is that I think the zombie apocalypse has already happened.

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Applying Treadmill Journals to Building Habits

Posted on March 29, 2012 by

When you are trying to get your time in on a treadmill, a journal can be a useful tool. A treadmill journal will keep track, very simply, of the days you were on the treadmill, as well as other modifying factors such as speed, time and distance.

Treadmill journals provide some accountability towards what might become a tedious habit building routine.

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10 Ineffective Ways To Simplify

Posted on March 28, 2012 by

Recently someone complained to me that she could not make simplicity work. When I asked how she was trying to simplify, she told me she had bought colorful matching containers as a simplicity “expert” had suggested. I have heard this type of thing over and over again, so I thought I would share 10 ineffective ways to simplify.

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Open Loops 3/27/2012: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Posted on March 27, 2012 by

On Tuesdays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. Today I talk about Beeminder, grammar, doing what you can and writing.

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What Grandma Esther Could Teach You About Productivity

Posted on March 26, 2012 by

My grandmother Esther was a notable farm wife. She raised 8 children, including two with special needs, on a small dairy farm in the middle of Wisconsin. She was capable, hardworking, cheerful, and productive. She was also seldom idle, but rarely was she not relaxed. We can learn from her methods for productivity.

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How To Recognize and Avoid Extending Sunk Costs

Posted on March 23, 2012 by

According to Wikipedia, sunk costs are “past costs that have already been incurred and cannot be recovered.”

Usually an economic term, it also applies to other areas of our lives.

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How To Resist The Next Shiny Toy…And Why You Should

Posted on March 22, 2012 by

Have you ever been tempted to upgrade something you own simply because there is a newer version? Or to change the way that you do something because someone famous is touting a new method? In programming circles we call this the shiny toy syndrome. It’s when programmers take the latest and greatest methods/software/tools and use them simply because they are new, rather than because they can provide any value. Here is how to recognize and avoid this.

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How To Simplify Cleaning A Child’s Room

Posted on March 21, 2012 by

I’ve tried to stay out of my daughter’s room, and let her keep it the way she wants. After all, she’s 9 and old enough to manage it herself. But last week the pile in the middle of the floor reached my knees. (I wish I were kidding.) So I declared that we were going to clean it up.

I didn’t want to give up too much time doing this, but I knew that it had to be simple or she wouldn’t help. So I came up with the following way to simplify cleaning the room.

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