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Everyday Systems Podcast

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Simple, commonsense self-improvement systems

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Simple, commonsense self-improvement systems

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By fendstat - Jun 24 2012
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I've listened to most of these several times. He's so full of good ideas!

Sensible and useful...

By LSG1991 - Oct 29 2006
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Like the approach, and look forward to hearing more from this writer.

iTunes Ratings

12 Ratings
Average Ratings
12
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Outstanding

By fendstat - Jun 24 2012
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I've listened to most of these several times. He's so full of good ideas!

Sensible and useful...

By LSG1991 - Oct 29 2006
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Like the approach, and look forward to hearing more from this writer.
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Everyday Systems Podcast

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Simple, commonsense self-improvement systems

Rank #1: Everyday Systems Podcast #28: a 90% diet solution in 2 words

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90% of our increased calorie consumption since 1977 has come from snacking. So snacking is not only the biggest problem in terms of dietary excess, it is almost the entire problem.

May 23 2007

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Rank #2: Everyday Systems Podcast #3: No S Diet Rules

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Last week I gave a
high level overview of the no s diet to give you a sense of how
something this simple could possibly work. This week I'm going to zoom in a little to a
smaller scale and go over each of the rules in a bit of detail.

Sep 05 2006

9mins

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Rank #3: Everyday Systems #40: No Solitary Snacking -- Even on S days

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Hate your S-days because they make you feel out of control? Here's a mod to help you enjoy them again.

Nov 10 2011

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Rank #4: Everyday Systems Podcast #27: Audiodidact (Output)

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Talk to yourself -- and record it.  Why?  Autotherapy. Catch all those great ideas that would have gotten away otherwise. Nag yourself into doing impossible tasks. Keep an even-keel diary that reflects a broader range of experience. Give serious books the serious attention they require.

Mar 28 2007

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Rank #5: Everyday Systems #46: S-Days vs. Cheat Days

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In which the subtle but crucial difference between S-days and Cheat Days is expounded upon.

Nov 30 2015

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Rank #6: Everyday Systems #41: The "What the Hell" effect and negative qualification

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The "what the hell" effect sounds funny but it can seriously screw you up. How can everyday systems practitioners defend against it?

Mar 03 2012

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Rank #7: Everyday Systems Podcast #13: Strictness

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Strictness builds habit faster. Dumb down what to be strict about with "fence around the law." Avoid punishment and reparations.

Nov 16 2006

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Rank #8: Everyday Systems #38: 14 minutes of ANYTHING

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Shovelglove without the sledgehammer. Or at least, without making the
sledgehammer a requirement.

Apr 06 2010

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Rank #9: Everyday Systems Podcast #23: Intelligent Dietary Defaults

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Convenience is stronger than you are. Accept this fact. But with a little planning, the convenient thing doesn't have to be too awful. Case in point: "optimize your oatmeal."

Feb 07 2007

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Rank #10: Everyday Systems #36: Mods and Tweaks Trilogy Part I: How To Tweak

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Still want to tweak an Everyday System? Here's how.

May 30 2009

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Rank #11: Everyday Systems Podcast #12: 21 days and Negative Tracking

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Use the full habit traffic light for 21 days to build your habit, then switch to more efficient negative tracking.

Nov 09 2006

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Rank #12: Everyday Systems Podcast #9: Habit Management

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Want results? Frame your goals in terms of behavior. Results goals are just wishful thinking. Automate conscious behaviors into unconscious habits.

Oct 18 2006

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Rank #13: Everyday Systems Podcast #10: Habit Friendly Behaviors

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How to identify behaviors that are easily automated into unconscious habit.

Oct 27 2006

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Rank #14: Everyday Systems Podcast #19: Personal Punch Cards

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How to use index cards for todo lists at the three scales of the chain of command: daily, monthly, yearly.

Jan 10 2007

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Rank #15: Everyday Systems Podcast #22: In Defense of "Failure"

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Stop using evasive euphemisms. Own up to "failure" or you become it.

Jan 31 2007

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Rank #16: Everyday Systems #33: 2007 Annual Compliance Review

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How well do I practice what I preach? What level of compliance is necessary for big picture success? What's the hardest everyday system? I attempt to answer these questions in my first annual self performance review.

Jan 28 2008

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Rank #17: Everyday Systems Podcast #6: Urban Ranger

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Reimagine yourself so that walking
becomes the most important, the most exciting thing you could
possibly be doing.

Sep 27 2006

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Rank #18: Everyday Systems Podcast #11: Habit Tracking with the Habit Traffic Light

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Need to keep track of something? Keep track of behavior, not results, with the Habit Traffic Light. Mark each calendar day with green for success,  red for failure, yellow for exempt (S-days). It's cheap and keeps you focused on what you can control.

Nov 02 2006

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Rank #19: Everyday Systems Podcast #16: Monthly Resolution

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A month is a much better granularity than the more typical yearly resolution we make on new years, because you can estimate better on that smaller scale, and recover and reset faster. And it's long enough (over 21 days!) for some habituation to occur, even with a slip up or two.

Dec 07 2006

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Rank #20: Everyday Systems Podcast #20: When you don't have 14 minutes

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No time to exercise? Get philosophical. Use enlightened self-mockery, a neo-Kantian personal categorical imperative, and an existential leap of action to get you moving.

Jan 17 2007

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Everyday Systems #51: Contract Cards & Mantrafication

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Reflect on what is giving you trouble with your self improvement system. Write a contract with yourself on a 4*6 index card. Record yourself speaking it. Listen to this recorded mantra every day.  

Apr 03 2020

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Everydays Systems #50: 2016 State of the Systems Check-In (Spiritual)

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No S for the soul?

14-Year Jubilee updates on 8 "spiritual" systems: Weekend Luddite, Audiodidact, Chain of Self-command, Low Smoking, G-Ray Vision, Monthly Resolution, Lawful Good Biker and The Study Habit

Jul 29 2016

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Everyday Systems #49: State of the Systems 2016 (Physical)

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It's been 14 years now since everyday systems first went online in 2002.   And I think that significant anniversary deserves some kind of acknowledgement.   So I think what I'm going to do to observe this is give a kind of "state of the systems" check-in episode, a brief tour of how all the everyday systems are still working for me, -- whether they're still working for me --  how I notice they're working for other people, and any additional insights I might have about them

Jun 24 2016

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Episode 48: The No S Diet Audiobook, Chapter 1 (Rough!)

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Are my low podcast production values good enough to produce an audiobook? You be the judge! For this episode, an experimental reading of Chapter 1 of the No S Diet book. Let me know if a few tweaks here and there might do the trick, or if I had better rethink this whole project.

Jan 29 2016

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Everyday Systems #47: The Heroics of Tidiness

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Habit is powerful. But is it always the answer? Is there room for one-time, decisive actions in the realm of self-improvement? I think there is -- but perhaps not quite where you expect it.

Dec 29 2015

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Everyday Systems #46: S-Days vs. Cheat Days

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In which the subtle but crucial difference between S-days and Cheat Days is expounded upon.

Nov 30 2015

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Episode 45: Einstein's Soup

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Nov 24 2015

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Everyday Systems #44: The Return of the General

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Long term planning with index cards is back! You can now capture your entire life strategy, operations, and tactics in three index cards.

Jan 09 2014

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Everyday Systems #43: Scribal Filter and medium-term task management

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No-tech medium term task managment with index cards.

Jan 02 2014

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42 Everyday Systems#42: Personal Punch Cards Redux

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Low-tech, high-psychology productivity tracking gets even simpler.

Nov 26 2013

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Everyday Systems #41: The "What the Hell" effect and negative qualification

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The "what the hell" effect sounds funny but it can seriously screw you up. How can everyday systems practitioners defend against it?

Mar 03 2012

10mins

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Everyday Systems #40: No Solitary Snacking -- Even on S days

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Hate your S-days because they make you feel out of control? Here's a mod to help you enjoy them again.

Nov 10 2011

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Everyday Systems #39: Lawful Good Biker

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Change your biker-alignment to Lawful Good. Be flamboyantly, comically observant of traffic rules.

Aug 13 2010

4mins

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Everyday Systems #38: 14 minutes of ANYTHING

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Shovelglove without the sledgehammer. Or at least, without making the
sledgehammer a requirement.

Apr 06 2010

13mins

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Everyday Systems #37: Mods and Tweaks Trilogy Part 3: When a mere mod isn't enough

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How to roll your own everyday system from scratch. Introducing the idea of Systematic Moderation.

Aug 02 2009

19mins

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Everyday Systems #36: Mods and Tweaks Trilogy Part I: How To Tweak

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Still want to tweak an Everyday System? Here's how.

May 30 2009

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Everyday Systems #35: Mods and Tweaks Trilogy Part I: To Tweak Or Not To Tweak

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Want to modify an Everyday System? It's possible -- but risky, as this episode emphasizes. Subtitled: "In Praise of Vanilla."

Apr 29 2009

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Everyday Systems #34: S-days Gone Wild

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Feel like over the top S-days are undoing all your hard work during the week? Here's how to diagnose and correct this problem.

Apr 29 2009

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Everyday Systems #33: 2007 Annual Compliance Review

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How well do I practice what I preach? What level of compliance is necessary for big picture success? What's the hardest everyday system? I attempt to answer these questions in my first annual self performance review.

Jan 28 2008

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Everyday Systems #32: The Bigger (8x11) Picture

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Just as your daily task list should fit on a single 3x5 index card (see Chain of Self Command and Personal Punch Cards), your life strategy should fit on an single 8x11 sheet of paper.

Dec 19 2007

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iTunes Ratings

12 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Outstanding

By fendstat - Jun 24 2012
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I've listened to most of these several times. He's so full of good ideas!

Sensible and useful...

By LSG1991 - Oct 29 2006
Read more
Like the approach, and look forward to hearing more from this writer.