by: Julie Morgenstern
Procrastination is a habit that most people do a bang-up job beating themselves up over: "I'm so lazy … I'm so undisciplined … I must have a fear of success." Needless to say, beating yourself up isn't particularly productive - and, one could argue, is just another form of procrastination.
So, what to do? The best way to combat procrastination is to get specific, and learn more about exactly what causes you to hesitate. Study yourself for a week or so by keeping a log. Do you procrastinate on everything or only some things? For some of us, it's the big, daunting projects that lead to running out for yet another iced coffee; for others, it's all about avoiding the little, boring or annoying tasks.
Once you have a list of the things you are putting off, you can diagnose the practical reason for your paralysis. In my work as a time-management coach, I've found four common "causes of pauses":
The task is too big. The size and scale of the task is overwhelming. You
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All my life I've had to explain to people that where I grew up, the Mississippi Delta, is not really a delta at all, but a diamond-shaped alluvial floodplain with the richest soil in the world. You can find it on a topographical map, but the writer David Cohn explained its coordinates best when he said, "The Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN, and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg."
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The Delta probably doesn't officially begin at the Peabody's address on Union Street, but there is no mistake that Memphis was the Delta's spiritual capital and the Peabody its clubhouse. Jackson, MS, our actual state capital,
Provence and the South of France is the Francophile's top destination after Paris. The light and the views are magical, especially between April and October. I've visited, stayed and lived in several parts of Provence and have some favorite views that live with me - past, present and, hopefully, future.
First, though, let's be clear on what is Provence. It is not the Côte d'Azur, the Riviera - you know, Nice, Cannes, St. Tropez and all the dots nearby on the Côte and a bit inland. Provence is a touch west and north, anchored by such cities and villages as Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, St. Rémy-de-Provence and more. The hills - the Lubéron, Les Alpilles, the Dentelles de Montmirail … The departments (counties) of Vaucluse (84), Bouches du Rhône (13). This is the country of Van Gogh, Cézanne, sunflowers, lavender and fruit trees.
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Gals - the book I'm reading now and loving is Mr. Peanut. It's a first novel from a wonderful, witty, highly sharp writer and it is a black comedy that opens with a husband murdering his wife of 13 years with a can of peanuts. He doesn't club her with the can, guys, he makes it look like suicide since she is severely allergic. I'm only 70 pages in but it reads like a dream. A dark one. I also bought today David Mitchell's next novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which got fantastic reviews (as did Mr. Peanut). I hope to get through it because this guy is a brilliant writer but his last masterpiece, Cloud Atlas, I loved but was daunted by, as it was six novellas in one and my brain said, Are you KIDDING??!! And I admit this sheepishly but I was one of the first to read the Stieg Larsson trilogy and was absolutely engrossed by
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On May 11, the White House announced it was targeting a new threat to America's health and security. It wasn't some rogue nation or terrorist organization, or a newfound disease or environmental threat. It was a class of chemicals that are making Americans fat. They're called endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs. And chances are you're eating or drinking them right now.
The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity released a report called "Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation." In the report they list endocrine-disrupting chemicals as a possible reason for increased obesity in the country and describe how scientists have coined a new term for these chemicals - "obesogens" - because they "may promote weight gain and obesity."
What does this mean for you? It means that weight gain is not just about calories-in versus calories-out.
No, America's obesity crisis can't entirely be blamed on too much fast food and too
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Not too long ago - when the poster child for "family" was displayed on "Father Knows Best," "Leave It to Beaver" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" - a woman raising a child without a husband was not widely accepted. In fact, some people - perhaps, at one time, even you - frowned upon such women. Since then, be it from forward-thinking Gloria Steinem, "That Girl" or "Murphy Brown," we've grown to realize that women are more than capable of single-handedly running a household. Women can have complete lives (careers, children, fun) without a spouse. Today, we do not have to wait to find Mr. Right to start a family. Or, if Mr. Right turns out to be Mr. Wrong and the marriage ends, a woman can be the sole wearer of the pants. From Diane Keaton and Sandra Bullock to Joan Crawford, here are 18 well-known women who helped to re-define our image of "nuclear" family and shaped single motherhood into the fabulous role that it is today.
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They Tweet. They have six-pack abs and wear tight pants. They're rockers and jocks, businessmen, singers and stars. Meet the new "grandpas" - sexy, cool and successful studs who are redefining the traditional image of a grandfather.
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