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Are You Chronically Late? 8 Tips for Showing Up on Time.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: 8 tips for getting yourself to show up on time. Many people have the habit of constantly running late — and they drive themselves, and other people, crazy. I have the opposite problem — I’m pathologically early, and often arrive places too soon. This is annoying, as …


Secret of Adulthood: Schedule Time to Be Unscheduled.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   For me, if something isn’t on my schedule, it doesn’t happen. Which is why I have some slightly ridiculous items on my schedule: to kiss my husband every morning and every night; t0 force myself to wander; and something I talk about in Before and After (my forthcoming book on habit-formation), Power Hour. In fact, …


Before and After: Do a Little Work, Every Single Day.

I’m writing my next book, Before and After, about how we make and break habits–an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I’ll post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other. If you’d like to share your story, contact me here. This week’s story …


Before and After: Work on a Ph.D. Thesis from 6:00-9:00 a.m.

I’m writing my next book, Before and After, about how we make and break habits–an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I’ll post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other. If you’d like to share your story, contact me here. This week’s story …


“If You Do the Same Thing Every Day at the Same Time For the Same Length of Time…”

“If you do the same thing every day at the same time for the same length of time, you’ll save yourself from many a sink. Routine is a condition of survival.” –Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being, letter to “A,” February 10, 1962 Here, O’Connor was specifically talking about the habit of writing; she wrote every morning for three hours, …