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Everyday Systems Podcast

Simple, commonsense self-improvement systems

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

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.

51mins

29 Jan 2016

Rank #1

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

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.

8mins

23 May 2007

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Everyday Systems Podcast #3: No S Diet Rules

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

9mins

5 Sep 2006

Rank #3

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

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

10mins

10 Nov 2011

Rank #4

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Everyday Systems Podcast #27: Audiodidact (Output)

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.

9mins

28 Mar 2007

Rank #5

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Everyday Systems Podcast #13: Strictness

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

7mins

16 Nov 2006

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Everyday Systems #38: 14 minutes of ANYTHING

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

13mins

6 Apr 2010

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

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

10mins

3 Mar 2012

Rank #8

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Everyday Systems Podcast #23: Intelligent Dietary Defaults

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."

9mins

7 Feb 2007

Rank #9

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Everyday Systems #47: The Heroics of Tidiness

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.

15mins

29 Dec 2015

Rank #10

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

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

6mins

30 Nov 2015

Rank #11

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

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

18mins

30 May 2009

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Everyday Systems Podcast #12: 21 days and Negative Tracking

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

6mins

9 Nov 2006

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Everyday Systems Podcast #9: Habit Management

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

8mins

18 Oct 2006

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Everyday Systems Podcast #10: Habit Friendly Behaviors

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

5mins

27 Oct 2006

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Everyday Systems Podcast #19: Personal Punch Cards

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

11mins

10 Jan 2007

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

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

5mins

31 Jan 2007

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Everyday Systems #33: 2007 Annual Compliance Review

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.

13mins

28 Jan 2008

Rank #18

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Everyday Systems Podcast #6: Urban Ranger

Reimagine yourself so that walkingbecomes the most important, the most exciting thing you couldpossibly be doing.

8mins

27 Sep 2006

Rank #19

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

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.

7mins

2 Nov 2006

Rank #20