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Time Management & Your Priorities

Posted by davidjsinger - May 23, 2018 - Be Healthy, Exercise, Fitness, Health, Longevity, Time Management, Wellness
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I have been greatly influenced by the writing of Stephen Covey, the late author of Seven Habits for Highly Successful People. What I learned from his ideas have been very important for my time management. Essentially, his message, as explained by the first three of his seven habits is this: Decide you have control over […]

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The Garage Sale Test for Buying Less Stuff

Posted by davidjsinger - May 16, 2018 - Be Happy, Happiness, Minimalism
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Last week, I wrote about the many things I threw out when helping my parents move from a house to an apartment. I wrote about throwing things out or donating them along the way, rather than accumulating things you don’t need. There is another way. Don’t buy things you don’t need in the first place! […]

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Less Stuff, Happy Family

Posted by davidjsinger - May 9, 2018 - Be Happy, Happiness, Minimalism
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This week, my parents moved from the house I grew up in to an apartment. They don’t need as much space and the move has many pluses for them. Most importantly, they will no longer be responsible for maintaining their property and the apartment is one level, which will make life easier for my mom, […]

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More Kindness

Posted by davidjsinger - May 2, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Present, Habits, Happiness, Kindness, Leadership, Mindfulness
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After I republished my post Kindness & the Common Good in my monthly newsletter, a reader sent me this note I want to share with you: Thank you for this email (newsletter)! I have a constant, inner conversation with myself where I try to be mindful of the point of view of others. If someone […]

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Temptation Bundling & Making Changes that Stick

Posted by davidjsinger - April 25, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Changes, Habits, Learning
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I have written about the fresh start effect, which I heard about on an episode of the Freakonomics Radio podcast, When Willpower Isn’t Enough. I have written often about the way willpower impacts our ability to make changes that stick—simply, we have a limited amount of willpower (it’s been studied), which is why we fail […]

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Dr. King, the Great Leader

Posted by davidjsinger - April 18, 2018 - Be a Leader, Leadership
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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. I’ve been watching a series of TV specials marking the anniversary: I Am MLK Jr, King in the Wilderness, and Hope & Fury. I’ve read many books on Dr. King and the civil rights movement, but it’s been years since I read […]

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Bartering for Time & Happiness

Posted by davidjsinger - April 11, 2018 - Be Happy, Family, Friends, Happiness
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A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about Investing in Time Rather than Things, for Happiness after I read about a study showing that using money to buy yourself more time results in greater happiness than using money to buy things. It’s especially beneficial to invest in freeing yourself up from tasks you […]

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The Power of Smiling

Posted by davidjsinger - April 4, 2018 - Be Happy, Be Nice, Habits, Happiness, Kindness, Well-Being
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I have frequently written about the power of smiling. When we smile, there is a chemical reaction which causes us to think we are happy, even if we were not feeling happy before that moment. In addition, smiling at others usually causes them to smile back at you. (In fact, per a recent study in […]

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Fresh Starts to Make Changes that Stick

Posted by davidjsinger - March 28, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Changes, Habits, Learning
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Freakonomics, which I read many years ago, remains one of the most entertaining books I have read. Stephen Dubner, one of the book’s authors, hosts the Freakonomics Radio podcast, which I don’t regularly listen to (because I listen to too many others). The podcast’s web site describes it this way: “Stephen J. Dubner has surprising […]

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Planning: Being Organized, for Success

Posted by davidjsinger - March 21, 2018 - Be Organized, confidence, Organization, Stress
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Just over four years ago, I sold a company I had been involved in starting 25 years earlier. Over the many years I ran that company, we considered mergers & acquisitions as a way to grow. I ended up not pursuing that avenue for growth because I had heard too many stories of M&A deals […]

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