by the time you read this i’ll be wedged in coach (ideally in an exit row) and headed to The Land They Call New Jersey for a two-week visit with family.
i’ll still post, but mostly quotes from my summer reading and reviews of great resources, people, and products. on an as-needed basis i’ll share snarky observations.
The book’s title is Daily Rituals, but my focus in writing it was really people’s routines. The word connotes ordinariness and even a lack of thought; to follow a routine is to be on autopilot. But one’s daily routine is also a choice, or a whole series of choices […] a solid routine fosters a well-worn groove for one’s mental energies and helps stave off the tyranny of moods […] He (William James) thought you wanted to put part of your life on autopilot; by forming good habits, he said, we can "free our minds to advance to really interesting fields of action."