Life Hack: Implementation Intentions

I’ve been reading a book for a campus reading group (The Spark of Learning, by Sarah Rose Cavanagh). It’s got a lot of useful information on how to be a better teacher, and it’s also had a few concepts that really resonated with me. They’ve put into words concepts I didn’t really know already had terms applied to them, if that makes sense. One such concept is implementation intentions. Basically, these boil down to if-then-plans that you make in order to get things done. For example, growing up, I always had the if-then-plan of “If I come home from school,

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Saying No to Myself

With the start of a new semester, I’m once again scrambling around, trying to stay on top of things. It’s not overwhelming (yet, at least), and I know from experience that all it takes is some time for me to get into a groove and find the right rhythm. I’m a firm believe in finding a place/time for everything, and then sticking to that schedule fairly religiously. I’ve also been working on getting better at saying no to things. I’ve always been quite good at saying no when it’s something I know I won’t be able to accomplish. I’m all

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Knowing When to Compromise Goals

I’m a well-established goal-oriented person. I basically construct my whole schedule and life around a series of smaller goals, and then I stick to those goals week in, week out, to keep my life on track. And for the last long while. that has really served me well. Until this semester. Right now, with all the different demands on my time, I just haven’t been able to keep up with everything I’ve wanted to do. I know that for some people, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal to just jettison some of the different things they have going

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Final Weigh In (for now)

Let’s cut to the chase. I was 177.4 this morning, meaning that I’m down 11.4 pounds since I began six and a half weeks ago. And I’ll be honest: my heart’s just not in this anymore. I know my goal was 175, but I’m low enough now that I don’t feel like continuing, and 6.5 weeks of oatmeal and peanut butter sandwiches has proven to be as many weeks as I want to go. The good news is that I was still going along at a good clip, even at the end here. I mean, I’m down 1.6 pounds for

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One-on-One Time with My Kids

I’m setting a new goal. One that I should have been setting a long time ago, but sometimes you need perspective before you see what you need to be doing. The past while, my video game time has been steadily increasing. I’d justify it to myself by reminding myself that the rest of my goals and chores each day were already done, so why did it matter if I took some time to destress by playing video games for an hour or two (or three)? But as I looked at my family, it was becoming clear to me that this

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