Sunday Reading Ritual: Trying to reach a goal? These simple habits, mental models, and routines yield big results.

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Have you made progress on a resolution or goal for 2019? If not, you’re in good company. Behavior change can be hard. But fear not: This Sunday, Pocket is here to support you. Jumpstart your progress with three great reads that reveal the underpinnings of procrastination, provide new ways of thinking that can propel you forward, and help you look at a challenge in an entirely new way. Sound refreshing? Put these articles in your Pocket and charge into February with a whole new perspective.

 

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming Your Best Self: Build your Daily Routine by Optimizing Your Mind, Body and Spirit
Chris Winfield, Medium

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle is credited with these famous words. So rather than do what he’d always done, Chris Winfield decided to take a different path…to listen to Aristotle and establish a positive daily routine. See if the steps and approaches he offers work for you.

 

How to Beat Procrastination
Caroline Webb, Harvard Business Review

We can look and feel busy, while artfully avoiding the tasks that really matter. And when we look at those rolling, long-untouched items at the bottom of our to-do list, we can’t help but feel a little disappointed in ourselves. We may be programmed to procrastinate, but rest assured, there are solutions.

 

Inversion: The Crucial Thinking Skill Nobody Ever Taught You
James Clear, JamesClear.com

Mental models are thinking tools that can help us make decisions and solve problems. James Clear shows how you can use a mental model called inversion to upend your normal patterns of thought in order to see a situation from a whole new angle, and possibly take a different action as a result. Who doesn’t like a fresh perspective and a new way to solve a problem?

 

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Have a peaceful Sunday, from the team at Pocket.