Gretchen Rubin

Podcast 26: Pick a One-Word Theme for the Year, Take the First Step–and Paper or Digital Calendar?

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It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

I'm actually on vacation, but am making a brief appearance to post about this episode.

Update: Elizabeth records live from her treadmill desk Which we've discussed many times, including in the very first episode. Can you hear it whirring softly in the background?

In episode 24, I asked people to weigh in about a huge, life-changing decision I have to make: Should my family get a dog? We heard from so many people -- it has been fascinating, and so helpful. You can listen to what people had to say in a montage of opinions. Also check  happierpodcastdogs.tumblr.com, to read people's comments and see the photos of people's adorable dogs. Thanks, listeners -- and keep those insights coming.

Try This at Home: Pick a one-word theme for the year -- the school year, that is. For Elizabeth and me, September is the other New Year. If you're interested in this subject, I write more about it in Happier at Home.

Call us to let us know what one-word theme (or short phrase) you choose. It's so interesting to hear what people pick.

Better Than Before Habits Strategy: The Strategy of First Steps. Practically always, the best time to begin is now. We need to resist "tomorrow logic," which is the fantasy that everything will be easier--tomorrow.

Important note, in this episode, I misspoke, because I casually said that it would be tough to start a new habit when you were in the middle of moving -- actually, that's a great time to start a new habit, because of the Strategy of the Clean Slate. Stay tuned to hear more about that!

Listener Questioner: "I'm an anxious procrastinator...how do you get started when you're terrified?"

Elizabeth’s Demerit: Elizabeth isn't doing the very simple steps that would clear up her blepharitis.

Gretchen's Gold Star: I give a gold star to my mother, for giving me my beloved Filofax. Here it is -- plus my binders of archived calendar page stretching back many, many years.

Very fun to have this record.

How about you? Paper calendar -- or digital? Weigh in!

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