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Tips volume 1 (November-December 2013)

Here's a compendium of the tips we sent out in our Daily Reminder emails in November and December of 2013. 

Looking for a New Year's Resolution? Start a journaling habit

Starting a new habit is as traditional part of a New Year's celebration as eating black-eyed peas. This year, consider starting a journal. It's a great way to mark accomplishments and things you're grateful for (or things you would rather avoid in the future).

Harvard Business School prof Francesca Gino on the benefits of gratitude

Francesca Gino studies negotiation and decisionmaking at Harvard Business School. But in her recent post for the HBR Blog Network, she takes up the benefits of showing gratitude. It's a terrific post, and here's a taste:

4 Benefits From Journaling Your Work Life

For the past two years, I’ve kept a daily journal of my work life. The purpose was to see if capturing stories and related statistics could help me be more productive and effective at work. It has done that and a lot more.

Tips For Developing A New Habit

When you find a pattern of mistakes, disrupting that pattern often involves making a new, more productive habit. For example, when I ran into trouble keeping all my tasks and meetings straight, I adopted the Getting Things Done method. It took a number of weeks till the method was ingrained in my daily routine. Building a new habit isn't easy - we can slip up even if we know the habit is in our best interests. That's because building a habit - i.e., making something automatic - requires a lot of cognitive energy, something our brain actively tries to conserve. But it can be done. These tips came from a post on the Penguin Books blog by author Kelly McGonigal. She is the author of The Willpower Instinct. For more explanation, see the original post.