If No One Falls Over, We’re Having a Great Class!

One of my recent newsletters discussed a misguided essay (and now, regrettably, book) by a prominent philosophy professor on his notion of “constructive…

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No Such Thing as “Good Procrastination”

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article extolling the benefits of what the author calls “structured procrastination.” In “How…

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All Your Work Should Be Sand Castles

The wonderful and much-missed writer and writing teacher John Gardner wrote in On Becoming A Novelist: “If children can build sand castles without getting…

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The True Cost of “Time Poverty” (perhaps the most important article you’ll read this year!)

Hi Everyone, There was another newsletter in the hopper, but this is too important to pass up. This week, Beth Teitell at the Boston Globe wrote an outstanding…

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Is Perfectionism Keeping You From Getting Fit?

Perfectionism and Exercise Fascinating New York Times blog post on exercising. Turns out perfectionism is a barrier to many people’s getting in shape….

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People Remember Negative Events More Than Positive Ones

Interesting New York Times article on how we tend to remember rejections and criticism much longer than praise. Absolutely true! Most underproductivity…

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The Demise of Pink Slime

Yeah! Schools are dumping “pink slime”: ammonia-treated beef waste packaged as food. Activists make the world better for everyone. Link

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A “Joyous” Life Without Money: Greece

“They’re quite joyous occasions,” she said. “It’s very liberating, not using money.” At one market, she said, she approached…

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Why You Can’t Quit

Interesting article by Daniel Gulati in Harvard Business Review on why people have trouble quitting even jobs and businesses they hate. Everything he writes…

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Tickle Me Goldman Sachs

My friend Jay sez Occupy protesters should show up at Goldman Sachs dressed as Muppets and try to open accounts…

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What to do if You’re Having Trouble Rewarding Yourself

A friend/activist recently wrote to me about the difficulties she has building “rewards” (fun, pleasure, validation, gratification, treats,…

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Sales of the 7 Secrets of the Prolific on the Rise!

So far in March, Kindle sales of my book The 7 Secrets of the Prolific are triple what they were in February–and it’s only the fourth full…

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Bravo Vegans!

Can I say once more I love activists, and especially vegan activists. (OK, and free software activists – many of whom are the same people.) So much…

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Higher Social Class Predicts Increased Unethical Behavior

From the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science “Seven studies using experimental and naturalistic methods reveal that upper-class individuals…

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Few Things I Love More than Clever Activism…

Love it. Spain passed a repressive copyright bill, apparently at the behest of U.S. trade reps. Activists responded by, (1) creating a copyrighted song,…

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Productivity Tips for Activists

There’s no doubt that activism, for all its glories, can be a tough endeavor. Many activists are stressed, many don’t have enough money, and many are…

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