Things I found, things I am saving for winter

Cory's Pinecone Mound

Hi there!

I found some treasures for you:

The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt by Riel Nason

The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt

A heartwarming story about a ghost who does not fit in because he is a heavy patchwork quilt instead of a light, white fabric or lace. When the ghost ventures out on a cold Halloween night, he finds purpose in keeping a little trick-or-treater warm and comfy. Surrounded by love and admiration, the ghost learns to appreciate his individuality. Byron Eggenschwiler illustrates The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt in a vintage style with a minimal palette that gives it a nostalgic atmosphere. Children dress in traditional homemade costumes that contribute to the old-fashioned and cozy appeal.

By Riel Nason
Illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler

A few things stuck out to me from Good Habits, Bad Habits, but nothing more than the sections dedicated to context cues.

Wendy Wood defines context cues as reminders that allow you to control automatic responses (habits). And since you can't consciously make unconscious decisions, you have to plant cues to encourage the behaviors you want... So are we learning about productivity or Inception? I have no idea.

Honestly, it is not as unpractical as it sounds. Here are some cues you can leave for yourself to create effortless work habits:

  1. Create a to-do list at the end of every day and leave it in your work area.
  2. De-clutter your work area, remove distractions, and close anything unrelated to the tasks you will start the following day. Leave out the work you want to start first thing in the morning.
  3. Prepare the clothes you will wear the next day. Pick out clothing that sets the mood for your work.

Reward yourself!

"A habit happens when a context cue is sufficiently associated with a reward response to become automatic." -Wendy Wood

Similarly, willpower is good for motivating effort, and habits are suitable for continuous action.

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