Life or Bucket List Exercise

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What do you want to do or accomplish in your lifetime? This is sometimes called “The Bucket List.” I’m a birder so I prefer “Life List.” Besides, I’d rather focus on life and living it to the fullest than “kicking the bucket” (and the suggested origin of that term is even bleaker). But if you want to create a Bucket List go right ahead. What we are doing is creating a list of all the things we want to do or accomplish before we die.

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The Why Exercise: What’s My Motivation?

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The Why Exercise examines your automatic assumptions, bias, and programming. If you aren’t getting really annoyed or uncomfortable, it’s a good sign you need to keep digging. Knowing why you believe something or are pursuing a goal is increases your motivation. We’re far more likely to exercise because we believe it will reduce the chance of dementia or to reach our goal of completing the London Marathon than if we plan to exercise because our doctor says we should.

This is a great exercise to use whenever you are thinking of buying something or investing time or money in something especially on impulse or if it increases your debt. The Why Exercise causes you to slow down and examine your motivation — and your priorities.

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Priority Planning Process: A Brief Introduction

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The Priority Planning Process is life changing if honestly used. And I do not make that claim lightly. If you actually use the process — and use it regularly, — you are taking action every day towards your goals. You are also living the life you truly value.

The Priority Planning Process (or P3 as it’s sometimes abbreviated) adapts to your needs and planning style. This is the key. You do not have to change your style or method of planning — beyond making lists. I’m a big fan of flexibility and adaptability. Change is inevitable. (The second law of thermodynamics applies to everything.)

There are three essential steps in the process, and a fourth if you want the optimal psychological boost. But more about the fourth step later.

The Essential Steps to the Priority Planning Process

1. Make a To Do list

— Be certain these are tasks that can be completed in the given amount of time. So “Write dissertation” could go on a list of things to do this year but not for today. Today’s task may be “Write 1000 words of my dissertation first draft.”

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Do This One Thing to Change and Protect Your Brain For Life

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Sorry but the One Thing to improve brain health is not the clubbing, but the aerobic dancing.

I know. It sounds like click-bait. But I really, really wanted you to check out this post because brain health is very important to me. And if I’d titled this —

 “30-minutes of aerobic exercise 3-4 times a week can elevate your mood, improve your focus, and protect your brain from age-related degeneration

— you wouldn’t be reading it. But it’s true.

Check out the funny but informative 11-minute TED Talk below.

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Why You Need Enough Sleep (In 18 Minutes or Less)

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You probably aren’t getting enough sleep, or getting enough good sleep.

I know I wasn’t — and still struggle at times to get enough. In my twenties and early thirties, I bragged about sleeping only 5 hours a night and about the times I’d abuse my body with things like 76 hours without sleep or only 12 hours in a week.

In his eye-opening TED Talk, neuroscientist Russell Foster debunks some common myths about sleep and calls us to take sleep seriously as a society. Continue reading “Why You Need Enough Sleep (In 18 Minutes or Less)”