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Reminders To Myself: From the daily items to the big picture

Reminders To Myself: From the daily items to the big picture

Throughout my day, I get a lot of reminders, and they’re all from me. Some are related to work, others related to my personal life, and many are about keeping myself healthy, focused, and with my big picture in sight. Most are digital, but some are paper based. These reminders enable me to stay on track with my goals and daily tasks, while confidently not worrying about what I need to remember. To-do reminders such as a phone call I…

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What Intervals Seem to Have Done for Me

What Intervals Seem to Have Done for Me

I explained in a previous post how using the MyFitnessPal app helped me to lose more than 20 pounds last year. The app alone didn’t do it, but rather it was my discipline in using it, keeping my goals in mind, and adding interval exercises to my workouts. It was my wife who first suggested this to me and I thankfully took her advice. Let me be clear, I’m not a health care provider, nor am I a personal trainer….

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Beware of Contagious Emotions

Beware of Contagious Emotions

Many years ago I worked with a woman who was the most pessimistic person I’ve ever met in my life. She found the negative in everything. I once countered something negative she said with a positive take on the subject we were talking about and she replied, “Well, if you want to be positive about it” and stormed back to her office. This was a trying person to work with and certainly had a negative impact on my own mood…

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Saying No

Saying No

As I’ve said, we have a nine-year-old daughter. We also have a three-year-old dog. The word “no” is not uncommon in our house. Sometimes I say it too quickly without thinking, which may require me to admit that I made a mistake and change a “no” to my daughter, to a “yes” because, well, I was wrong. My wife and I are pretty good at comparing notes about what we’ve said “no” or “yes” to to our daughter, and our…

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Failure: We need to change our perspective

Failure: We need to change our perspective

As the parent of a not-quite nine-year-old, I’ve watched a lot of kids movies the past few years. Zootopia is a Disney movie about Judy, a rabbit from Bunnyville who goes to the big city of Zootopia to become the first bunny police officer. She’s clever, a little naive, but tenacious. I love Judy. Near the beginning Judy is riding on a high speed train into Zootopia while listening to the singer Gazelle (voiced by Shakira) belt out the song…

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The Benefits of Keeping a Journal

The Benefits of Keeping a Journal

Something that I try to do everyday is make an entry in my journal. I have a very nice paper journal that I use some of the time and a digital journal that I use the rest of the time. I was going to first write about the benefits of journaling, but I realized that to really describe what I do, I need to explain the benefits of each of the types of journals that I use. My paper journal…

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Finding, or Creating, the Planner That Works

Finding, or Creating, the Planner That Works

In my previous post I noted the importance of finding your own system of what works for you. This includes habits, workout routine, method of organization, etc. For a long time I looked for the “perfect” planner. I tried digital and analog, cheap and moderately priced, and none of them met my needs. I’m also prone to following the shiny things, especially if what I’m currently using doesn’t quite meet my needs, and so this had me bouncing from planner…

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Birthdays and Finding My Path

Birthdays and Finding My Path

I recently had a birthday. Birthdays, like New Years are often a time for reflection and goal setting. This year, my birthday has brought both. I’ve been reflecting mostly on the past few months, but also on the past few years. In about a month I will be the same age that my brother was when he died of cancer, almost five years ago. In my experience, when you lose siblings or friends of your won generation, you can’t help…

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No More Waking Up To ‘Oh crap, I forgot to …”

No More Waking Up To ‘Oh crap, I forgot to …”

I have a reputation at work as someone who “gets shit done”, but that wasn’t always the way for me. I was horrible about forgetting to do things, being very disorganized, and waking up in the middle of the night remembering that I hadn’t returned a phone call, or worse, hadn’t paid a bill. You can go ahead an admit that you’ve had that whole middle of the night thing happen to you. I’m sure most people have. For me,…

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Gratitude Has Made Me Better

Gratitude Has Made Me Better

On my daily habit list is to verbally list what I’m grateful for in the morning and then again at the end of the day. I’m better at getting this done in the morning because I have an established morning routine, while I’m still working on finding an evening routine that will consistently work for me. Some of things that I routinely include in my list are: My own good health and well being The good health and well being…

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