I love reading, and audiobooks are the next best thing for when I’m driving or doing chores. On the other hand, sometimes I get fidgety while watching TV, and it helps to have some simple knitting occupy my fingers. Both of these pairings seem perfectly complementary: Boring chores occupy my hands and eyes but leave … More Completing partial activities
This is the conclusion of a three-part series on automating habits. Click here for the introduction, part 1, and part 2. Let’s review: In part 1, we talked about how to choose exactly what your new habit will consist of (the behavior) and when exactly you’ll do it (the cue). In part 2, we covered … More Lose the Training Wheels: Automating Habits, Part 3
This post is part 2 of a three-part series on automating habits. Here are links to the introduction, part 1, and part 3. There’s a little gremlin who lives in my car. He doesn’t mess with the wiring, and he doesn’t leave a mess; all he does is take down the reflective screen I put in … More Build Consistency: Automating Habits, Part 2
Okay, I’m taking a quick break from my regular posts because I can’t stop geeking out about this recent XKCD comic: If you already know about clickbait (likely) and p-values (less likely), you may not need the joke explained to you. But there’s something deep going on here too, tying into the themes of probability … More You’ll never believe what weird trick fixes p-values
This post is part 1 of a three-part series on automating habits. Here are links to the introduction, part 2, and part 3. Have you ever had a long, tiring day, and when you go to start cooking dinner, you discover that some critical step you were supposed to do earlier—start the crockpot, thaw the fish, … More Define the Habit: Automating Habits, Part 1
I have this vision for my life, where each day I move from rest to work to play to rest, able to focus all my attention on whatever one thing I’m doing because I’ve taken care of everything important before it becomes urgent. Where I wash the dishes right after I use them. Where I … More Automating your habits: a three-part series
A recent episode of The Allusionist about the differences between American and British English opened with this comment by Helen Zaltzman: We can’t even agree on whether pants are the garments you wear under or over your pants! I love this so much. I’ve heard sentences before with the trick of a single word needing to be … More TCPB #3: Pants under or over pants?