"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." – Plato

The Art of Commuting?

I was driving to work this morning when I had a strange thought. There I was at 6:15 in the morning, sitting in a comfortably cushioned seat, a warm delicious cup of coffee quietly waiting and wafting steam from its holder, the ambient temperature hovering in the low 70’s but quietly getting warmer by the minute from the warm air coming through the ac unit, slow jams lightly playing in the background… while outside, the metal box that I was contained in was HURTLING through the atmosphere at 75-80 mph (yes, I speed, don’t judge me) while making my way through THOUSANDS of other cars doing exactly the same thing I was doing!

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I think I bit off more than I can chew

Just like my title says, I think I bit off more than I can chew.  In my last post, I wrote that I would try to write one short story every evening and I’ve been sitting here for a while and I’ve come to the conclusion that writing short stories cannot be done in one sitting… or at least good quality short stories worth reading. With that, I think I’m going to alter the conditions of my habit forming experience and I’m abandoning the short story idea.  Instead, I’m going to keep it simple and turn this into a more practical habit that I think will benefit me in the long run.  I’m going to journal for an entire week and record my thoughts for the day.

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Adventures in Habit Formation

So dear readers, you may or may not know that I’ve started a podcast with Stephen Park a while back called “The Unprofessional Podcast“.  Check it out at your own discretion, but to be honest, it’s still a work in progress so most people might find it a bit… boring.  It isn’t that podcasting is inherently hard.  In fact, it’s freaking simple.  However, like most things in life, it’s one of those things that is hard to do well and so that’s the reason I offer it up to you all with reservations.  Let’s face it, talking has never been one of my strong points and it seems this endeavor is no different…  but I digress.

The reason I’m writing this post is because we decided that next week’s episode would be an episode on the subject of forming habits.  We’ll be discussing what a habit is, how one gets formed, and ultimately, how we can trick our own minds and bodies to form good habits to our benefit.  To that end, Stephen and I decided to run an experiment for an entire week where we try to form a habit in seven days and talk about our experiences in working through the process of forming a habit.   Read the rest of this entry »

Too Many Words

Haven’t written here in a while, but just thought I’d pop back in to record a random thought I just had:

Whenever I try to explain something, I end up confusing myself because of the simple fact that I use too many words.  Usually, the phrase “Less is more” is applied to the world of art and design, but I find that this is equally true when it comes to my own thought processes.

Here’s to simplicity.

Quote of the Day

Success is where preparation & opportunity meet.
-Bobby Unser