Using Habits, Identity, and Priorities

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Let’s play a quick game. The purpose is to evaluate what your habits are today, what you want your identity to eventually be, and exploring what priorities you can change to get there. Try having a pen and paper handy for this game; although it’s not required, you’ll gain the most by writing your answers.

What is your regular daily or weekly routine? Jot down what a typical day in your life looks like.

Now start assigning values (+/-). Which of your habits are serving you? Are there any that might be hurting you?

If your current habits remained with…


How Notifications Are Making Us Go Broke

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https://www.biznessapps.com/blog/what-is-a-push-notification/

On a recent Fall evening, I was out for a stroll in the crisp weather. The clouds in the sky were scattering, crunchy leaves sprawled the ground, and a distant lake reflected the setting sun’s orange. It was a moment I was content soaking in.

Meanwhile, a friend was walking near me, texting and catching up on his phone. He was actively focusing on his messages, which might have been his only opportunity to do so. My instinct was to understand his situation and why he chose that moment to engage in said activity.

I know a few people who…


Sometimes We Need To Live More And Work Less

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If you’re reading this, chances are you want to write more consistently. The “block,” as is often referred to, comes from how we’ve chosen to go about writing.

Seth Godin recently claimed that the cure to writer’s block was simple: write! Godin says we don’t have a problem typing; instead, we fear lousy writing. So keep writing!

While I fully agree with his logic, I wanted to introspect and understand what else could contribute to our occasional block. We all have different reasons for why we write and what we want to write.

What Do We Write About?

Working backwards, we cannot write about something…


Using Habits, Systems, And Managing Expectations

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In his book Atomic Habits, author James Clear talks about how creating small habits can yield tremendous results.

“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.”

-James Clear

Understanding Habits And Systems

In chapter one of the book, Clear begins to layout straightforward techniques to build and maintain habits. For example, he prescribes focusing on systems rather than having goals. The author is not saying that goals are useless; he’s saying that “goals are good for setting direction, but systems are best for making progress.”

Chapter two changed the way I thought about the concept of identity. …


How We Can Change Our Perception By Turning Inward

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“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

If you’ve been feeling confused, frustrated, or angry over the past few months about social unrest, this piece is for you. The quote above is the inspiration for the book, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.

Small Great Things is based on real events from 2015; the reader is taken on a journey to understand the back story and context of three specific characters: Ruth, an African-American female nurse, Kennedy, a Caucasian female Public Defender, and Turk, a white…


How 15 Seconds of Focused Sitting Can Change Your Anatomy

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Have you ever wondered why we sit for so many hours in a day? If all of human history were converted into a 24 hour day, then we started sitting for extended periods at 11:58 pm, or 0.1% of human history (200 years out of 200,000). That’s how new sitting is and how little we know about it.

We’ve only been sitting in chairs regularly for a couple of hundred years, and now the average American sits for 10 hours a day. The American Journal of Epidemiology has proven that sitting and being sedentary can dramatically increase chances of heart…


In The Middle Of The Himalayas

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Saloh, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India

The date is June 22, 2017. I’m in Himachal Pradesh, the northern tip of India, near Pakistan’s border. It’s about 6 a.m., and I’m getting into a local taxi, heading to a small town called Saloh, which I recently found out was where my dad was born.

I just finished spending ten weeks in Nepal trekking and volunteering. India was my last stop before heading back home to Los Angeles. I have a few days left to soak in the mountains.

This particular road trip began in Leh, Ladakh. I spent a few days…


Rethinking the concept of mental chatter.

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What’s the background noise in your mind right now? Are you entirely focused on reading this, or are there other thoughts left lingering? The images that you see in your head or the concepts that you’re considering are all forms of mental gymnastics.

The mind is always on. The thoughts in our heads are constantly babbling. We know what we’re thinking, even if we’re mindless at the moment. We observe our views regularly without realizing it sometimes. Even now, as you continue to read this, there is an inner dialogue happening, comprehending, and judging what you’re absorbing.

What Is Meditation?

The first definition…


As We Spend Time Engaged In Contemplation And Reflection

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What’s the background noise in your mind right now? Are you entirely focused on reading this, or are other thoughts lingering on your mind? The images that you see in your head or the concepts that you’re considering are all forms of mental gymnastics. This article is about investigating the similarities between those thoughts and “meditation.”

The mind is always on. The thoughts in our heads are constantly babbling. We know what we’re thinking, even if we’re mindless at the moment. We observe our views regularly without realizing it sometimes. …


But Not When It Comes To Gratitude Journals

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Writing is not as easy as it seems. You know it as well as I do. The thoughts we have in our minds seem far more profound and well-articulated until it’s time to write them down. Some of us have gotten to a point where we’ve stopped attempting to write altogether.

Imagine reading notes that you wrote down ten years ago. Who was the ten years younger version of you? How are you now compared to then? Have you changed significantly, or are you relatively the same? …

Nikhil Dhawan

Entrepreneur. Story-listener and teller. Yogi. Writer. Fascinated by the human body & mind. Human Potential. I like people. nikhil@studentsofliving.com

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