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My Writing Habit Review

My Writing Habit Review

At the start of the month, I wrote out a habit plan inspired by one of my favourite books, Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change. The goal was to develop a daily writing habit of 750 – 800 words. My Plan To make the habit simple to begin with, I reduced the core habit to: write for 10 minutes a day. I then picked a time and a trigger: 6:50am – 7:00am, as soon as I wake up. I…

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100 Things 2017

100 Things 2017

A good while ago I found an article that contained a potentially life-changing idea. Then I forgot about it. I guess potential and life-changing need separating out a little. Despite this, the idea was kicking around in the depths of my mind for a while and this week I set out to give it a try, Spurred on by the success of my Seven Minutes Exercise experiment, I finally sat down with real motivation to follow Laura Vanderkam’s advice of…

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My Plans for 2017

My Plans for 2017

At the start of a new year, I always find it interesting to look ahead at the upcoming 12 months and write down my plans for them. Of course, many such plans can change and fail, but I find writing them down and sharing them helps solidify the ideas and gives them a fighting chance of success. To help me work out what I want from 2017 and what’s most important to me, I wrote down a number of ideas…

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Seven Minute Workout Review

Seven Minute Workout Review

At the start of September I decided to try a seven minute workout once a day and tracked my progress over the month. Here’s my honest review of the routine and the apps I used to develop the exercise habit. What is the Seven Minute Workout? The Seven Minute Workout was popularised by a 2013 article in the New York Times written by Gretchen Reynolds. The article drew on a study published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health &…

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How Important is Sleep?

How Important is Sleep?

Last month, I wrote about how I’d started drinking a healthy amount of water every day. Having given that habit some time to bed into my lifestyle, I decided to add a second habit to my routine. Continuing my focus on physical and mental wellbeing, I chose to improve my sleep. We all sleep, so this isn’t a case of doing something others aren’t. The challenge here was to find out how much sleep I need for my health, whether I…

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How I Started Drinking Enough Water

How I Started Drinking Enough Water

Habits aren’t easy. They take time, effort and concentration to get right. When I decided to start improving my habits I wanted to start with one that meant a lot to me, one that I could focus on and develop a pattern for getting good at making (and keeping) habits. That’s why I started with water – the source of life. Drinking enough water is associated with both physical and mental well being, two things I know I want to…

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