Motivate Yourself With Temptation Bundling

Having trouble motivating yourself to go for a run, catch up on e-mails or fold that laundry? Katherine Milkman, an associate professor at Wharton, has a possible solution: temptation bundling. Milkman found that people are more likely to stick with a task they sometimes avoid if it’s bundled together with something they really enjoy but only allow themselves to do when they’re completing the less enjoyable task. You can hear her explain the concept in her […]

I’m thinking of repeating Couch to 5k

One of my neighbors recently told me she was starting Couch to 5k again, and that she often does after a long break from running. What a brilliant idea. I’ve been swimming and taking a few classes at the gym (maybe you’ve heard) but not running much. I can still run 3 miles at my slowest half marathon pace without stopping, but what if Couch to 5k could be used not just to get me […]

A little on the “J” word – Can we be nicer about jogging, please?

If you’d like to read some runner’s rants on the internet, search for “jogger”. Being called a jogger when you identify as a runner can sting. It implies a lack of effort, which is infuriating when you’ve been running so hard that your lungs and calves are on fire. It implies you’re slow, which is infuriating when you’ve worked hard for that PR. I get it. I even wrote a post in the early years […]

“When you think you’re done, you’ve just begun!”

This was the sage advice Will chirped from the backseat this afternoon in a sing-songy voice, reiterating a recent lesson from kindergarten. Will went on in depth to explain the writing process for the books they’re working on in kindergarten, but the catchy little phrase stuck with me after. So many times I’ve thought I was done when I was just beginning. Couch-to-5k is the most obvious example. I had no idea where I would […]

Guided Practice – How to Become Great at Just About Anything

Greg has me hooked on the Freakonomics podcast and an episode I listened to recently really resonated. Guys – you’ve got to listen to this one. How to Become Great at Just About Anything The episode examines how people become great at something; do you need to have talent, or can greatness be learned? The answer, as you might expect, is a little of both. Your innate talent might define the ceiling for you, but […]