A Stanford University Study
As if there aren't enough good reasons to walk, Stanford University has come up with another one. A study co-authored by Marily Oppezzo, a Stanford doctoral graduate in educational psychology, and Daniel Schwartz, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education, has provided evidence that walking significantly increases creative thinking, or in more scientific terms "creative ideation." Who knew! Well, if you've had the experience already yourself, you knew. So did I! I get some of my best ideas when I take a walk. Now there's real scientific evidence to support it.
How To Get Rid of the Critical Voice in Your Head
Do you have a voice in your head that is overly critical? I know I do sometimes, and most of the clients I've seen over the years have also worked with this nagging, persistent voice that seems to find fault in almost any situation. Self-criticism is really not a healthy habit, and has an overall destructive effect on your self-image and self esteem. That doesn't mean you shouldn't observe yourself and make corrections in your behavior when needed. It means that you should do that without attacking your sense of self with derogatory thoughts, condemnation, denigration, self- hatred, and any other method of assault that has the effect of destroying you.
The Back Door Approach to Change
One of the most useful ideas I've come across in regard to making changes is the notion of "keystone habits." This idea is outlined par excellence in the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. A keystone habit is one that sets change in motion an initiates the creation of other habits. It's a starter habit that creates a shift in energy both emotionally and mentally, and sets in motion a domino effect that results in much greater change than was initially intended.
How to Keep Track of Everything At Once
I find that keeping up with everything I have to do in any given week is difficult. Making lists and putting things on a calendar helps, but still it can be hard to juggle the different types of tasks such as work, home, personal stuff, errands, and appointments. You may have even more categories I haven't listed here.