Scheduling: Hard Edges and Soft Reminders

cliff_edge03.jpg I don’t remember where I first heard or read it – it may have been from Getting Things Done – but the idea of viewing your appointment book as a set of hard and soft items is one that has some value.

As one moves into the ranks of a Yellow Belt, or Green Belt, the importance of using a calendar to schedule time demands becomes more important, but the kinds of time demands that get scheduled are not all alike. Continue reading “Scheduling: Hard Edges and Soft Reminders”

Cracking Your Personal Code of New Habits

steph-burns-articles2.jpgThere are so many good ideas from this article at The Leadership Labyrinth entitled “Installing a new habit and breaking an old one” that I don’t think there is much that I can add.

The article has to do with establishing new habits, a science and an art for which there seems to be no cookie-cutter solution. One thing I do know is that people are different, and that it is possible to crack one’s personal code when it comes to establishing a new habit. I like to create habits by setting up physical or audible assistants. I have been getting up in the morning every Tuesday and Thursday to ride at 4:10 a.m., and I have never missed a single ride in over 18 months. I started by taking out my clothes, taking out my bike, and setting everything up to make it easy for myself to roll out of bed with a woozy head, until I make it safely to the start of the ride.