Weekly Virtue: Review of Industry, Prepare for Sincerity

Last week was Industry. Industry. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions. To put it mildly, and looking only at a limited area, I rocked! It's wound down, now, but for a few weeks I was in an accountability group experiment. Three of us sent daily (or hourly … Continue reading Weekly Virtue: Review of Industry, Prepare for Sincerity

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Weekly Virtue: Review Frugality, Prepare for Industry

Last week was Frugality. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing. About average. Went to the dollar store rather than Staples for low-use binders. (It helps that the stores are beside each other.) Actually returned a poor purchase. Two meals out, both reasonable, but one which might … Continue reading Weekly Virtue: Review Frugality, Prepare for Industry

Weekly Virtue: Review Resolution, Prepare for Fugality

This week was Resolution, from Ben Franklin's list. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. The week started well enough. Very well, actually. I only did some of what I'd planned, but my plans were too optimistic (seriously so), and made good choices overall. Sadly, it ended badly. As … Continue reading Weekly Virtue: Review Resolution, Prepare for Fugality

Weekly Virtue: Review of Order, Prepare for Resolution

Last week was Order. Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. Physically, some small improvements. While sweeping, I got fed up with the game controllers in front of the TV or falling out of the pile between the TV stand and the corner, and tired … Continue reading Weekly Virtue: Review of Order, Prepare for Resolution

Weekly Virtue: Review of Silence and Prepare for Order

Review of of Silence: Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation. Well, I deleted several comments before I sent them, and even skipped the last three revision passes before deleting them. I noted two times where, while I thought what I said was respectful and helpful, it might have … Continue reading Weekly Virtue: Review of Silence and Prepare for Order

Weekly Virtues: Review of Temperance, Prepare for Silence

Last week's virtue was Temperance. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. I chose a narrow interpretation of this. Since I rarely drink alcohol, the virtue reduced to calories. I'm now 20 pounds over ideal, so need to get serious. How I did well: The scale says I lost three pounds, but I … Continue reading Weekly Virtues: Review of Temperance, Prepare for Silence

New Time Management Tool — Milestone Chart with Long-Term Planning

A milestone chart has been the core of my planning for over a year now. The old one focused on the one-week through several-month time frame. The new one encourages you to plan even longer projects. Each row has a time frame, and each project (or group of projects) has a column. Each cell then … Continue reading New Time Management Tool — Milestone Chart with Long-Term Planning

Weekly Virtue: Temperance

Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. Uh, yeah. Good thing I'm starting this today, not last week. I'm officially past the "should lose 10 pounds" stage. All was well-enough when I walked 1km to the school, and back, twice a day, but that was several years ago. I'm trying a combination of … Continue reading Weekly Virtue: Temperance

When Raising your Kids to be Smart and Self-Reliant Backfires

Yesterday, my pre-teen daughter's friends rescued a bunny.You can see where this is going.She started the conversation with, "I just want you to listen..." and laid out a very thorough plan to prove that she can care for it (including cleaning her room and the fish tank -- I've tried for years to get her … Continue reading When Raising your Kids to be Smart and Self-Reliant Backfires