Changing our Habits

Book: Atomic Habits, by James Clear. There are more chapters to this book than I thought, and I’m coming up on the library due date. For these shorter chapters, I’ll just read them together. I’m excited to see Clear talk about identity in relation to behavior change. While a simple task like scheduling tasks on your calendar is meant to help make me more productive, if I don’t look at that calendar, it’s not useful....

January 18, 2019

Changing our Habits

Today’s reading comes from a second chapter in Feldman’s Public Speaking for Psychologists. Anxiety! This is a constant concern. I wouldn’t say I handle it well, but that it is…handled. I’ve been better at stopping anxious thoughts mid-spiral with either a stern ‘No, we’re not engaging with this,’ or ‘Oh, you’ve embarrassed yourself worse than this and survived’, even though the latter means reliving the previous embarrassment instead. In terms of public speaking, it’s a little different....

January 16, 2019

The Suprising Power of Atomic Habits

I think it’s easier to talk about a book in-depth when going chapter by chapter, at least for nonfiction books. It makes me nervous to worry whether I remember everything I thought throughout the time it takes me to read an entire book. One book I’ve been wanting to read for a while is Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Onesby James Clear....

January 9, 2019

Favorite (New) Books Read in 2018

This year I managed to read 39 brand new books (with an additional 13 rereads of old favorites). I wanted to list them all, but I’d rather just hit the highlights. Tempests & Slaughter, by Tamora Pierce Tamora Pierce returns to Tortall with a book about Numair’s past. I reread all of her Tortall novels about 8 years ago, it’s exciting to have something new to read. The structure is a bit formulaic, but it’s one that she’s built an entire world around so I can easily forgive it....

January 7, 2019

Preparing and Delivering Your Talk

Instead of looking through the whole book, my mentee and I decided to read a single chapter together and discuss. We both wanted to look further into the art of delivering presentations, and the book was recommended by another mentee’s mentor. David B. Feldman, “Preparing and Delivering Your Talk,” in Public speaking for psychologists: a lighthearted guide to research presentations, job talks, and other opportunities to embarass yourself, (Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010), 23-41....

December 13, 2018