Category Archives: Deliberate Practice

Keep it On Hold, Not on Mold:  the Advantage of Mini-Habit Practice

“Motivation is what gets you started.   Habit is what keeps you going.” –Jim Ryuun Doing a little every day keeps a skill on hold rather than let it mold.   Playing at least two minutes of guitar every day … Continue reading

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The Compound Effect:   Get a Habit

I’ve  let library books pile up again.   I finished a nice graphic novel memoir called “Relish” that was recommended by the podcast Librarians Assemble. But I also have a small little pile of books recommended by online business folks … Continue reading

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Podcast Your Samurai Mind

This summer I’ve learned to use podcasts as an extension of my mind.  I’ve gotten podcast recommendations from friends and professional journals.  I pop in a podcast and give two to three minutes.   If I am not inspired, I … Continue reading

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Streak Your Way to Success

Touch it everyday Touch it.  I want to touch it every day.   This is my new winning strategy to skill acquisition.  In previous posts I’ve been examining how I’ve been using the “Mini Habits Mastery” course in combination with the … Continue reading

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Riding that Chain:  using the chain of mini-habits

I’m on the 23rd day of using Chains app to establish mini habits.  Everyday I do something small for six things that I am trying to make life-long habits:  learning languages, playing guitar, becoming a skillful librarian, getting in shape, … Continue reading

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Mini-Habits: (Don’t) Break the Chain

It’s been an app-y summer.   I’ve finished graduate school and though I am preparing to start a new career as a school librarian, there aren’t as many looming deadlines and forced readings as last year.   I’ve installed a … Continue reading

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Back in the Kanban Flow!

I’m back like the Phoenix from the ashes–or the busy teacher in graduate school.    Summer is here and I’m in Japan for the summer.   I am taking two online graduate classes through Syracuse University as I slog along the path to … Continue reading

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Be the Poet of Your Samurai Song: Samurai Mind Notebook

Be the poet of your life’s song.  Laurence Boldt, Zen and the Art of Making a Living When I first started teaching up in the South Bronx, I started to notice that some of my students had notebooks where they … Continue reading

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Make Every Day a New Year’s Day: Small Samurai

Right now it is December 10th but it feels like the New Year has already begun.   I’ve joined a gym and I am actually going.   I’ve initiated the process of exploring a spiritual community.   I’m not waiting for the New … Continue reading

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Samurai Attraction: Get a Little “Shelvish”

This will be the year of getting “shelvish.”  I have been feeling a little overwhelmed that I have all these great books on my shelf that have gone unread and are just “lying there.”   So I’ve begun a one page … Continue reading

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