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WOOP (Oettingen 2014): Wish | Outcome | Obstacle | Plan

For many years, I’ve had several projects on the go at the same time, and am always looking for better ways to get things done. Among the resources that I’ve found helpful are the following: Ellen Langer’s concept – a particular version, as she conceptualizes it – of mindfulness is useful. I’ve outlined her approach […]


The Productivity Project (2016) by Chris Bailey. To get more done, strive for imperfection.

A passage by Chris Bailey (pp. 4-5) in The Productivity Project (2016) describes campuses in the 1960s and 1970s that were built without any paths: “During the 1960s and 1970s, the University of California at Irvine was one of a group of universities that decided to build their campuses without any paths. (I went to school in Canada, […]


Executive Function and Child Development (2013)

Sometimes I do a good job of getting things done, but sometimes I could do better. For that reason, I’ve been reading about executive function. Executive Function and Child Development (2013) The following text is from p. 8 of Executive Function and Child Development (2013): “In recent years there has been a surge of interest in […]


Volunteer work is good for us

I’ve been doing volunteer work for several decades. In the late 1980s while I was working as a public school teacher, I got started with volunteer work because I wanted to compare notes with people who had gone through some relatively rare experiences that I had gone through. The process just went on from there. […]


Positive thinking: Pro and con

In a book entitled The antidote: Happiness for people who can’t stand positive thinking (2012), Oliver Burkeman argues that positive thinking has its limitations. Another book along the same lines is The power of negative thinking: Using “defensive pessimism” to manage anxiety and perform at your peak (2001) by Julie K. Norem. Among books that […]