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Self-improvement and forgetting

How do I incorporate the things I learn from self-improvement reading into my life? This is more than just a question about remembering what I learn from self-improvement books. I am looking for ways of making that knowledge stick, so that I can make good use of it later when I need it. [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou on Jun 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Best of the web to help stop binge watching bad TV?

My wife and I have a 6-month-old who goes to bed quite early (not complaining) which means we have lots of evening time at home these days. We have Apple TV and while air playing something last week - I thought, hmmm, maybe we can make a night of this?!?! So, we've decided that Tuesday nights are web-stream nights. We are looking for specific videos (or sites that have great ones) that are any of the following: Educational like any number of videos on vsauce, thought-provoking like videos on The School of Life site or even hilarious like Drunk History. [more inside]
posted by jasbet07 on May 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Things to reflect on during your birthday

I'm turning 22 soon, and it’s been one hell of a year. Birthdays have always been a good time for me to reflect on things. Any suggestions on things to reflect on, questions to think about, or ways to plan for the year ahead?
posted by markbao on May 1, 2014 - 13 answers

How can I build discipline?

Discipline seems to be a fundamental trait: if you have it, you can have the self-control (and delayed gratification) to improve your health, work, and other parts of your life that seem to rely on having discipline. So how does one go about developing and improving discipline?
posted by markbao on Apr 3, 2014 - 21 answers

Your experiences with personal development

Personal progress: What personal development changes have you made that have had a big impact on your life? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Mar 13, 2014 - 26 answers

Help me learn to sweat the details

How can I train myself to pay attention to details? [more inside]
posted by dhruva on Feb 25, 2014 - 16 answers

Like A Sailor

How can I swear better? I want to learn the art of swearing to broaden the range of my expression, be it to share joy, frustration, boredom or anything else. [more inside]
posted by squishles on Feb 8, 2014 - 35 answers

New Year, New You, New Blogs - how to find them?

I'm sure the 1st of January 2014 saw a spate of new blogs, tracking the writer's progress towards losing weight / learning to code / running a marathon, etc. I think it'd be great to know about some of these, whether by mefites or not, so I could leave encouraging comments - and I'm also selfishly hoping that the recipients might do the same for me! Does anyone have / know of any such blogs?
posted by piato on Jan 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Make Me Fancy.

For a bunch of reasons (some good, some bad) I have the next two and half months totally free. I don't have to do a thing, I have no reason to make any more money and I've got oceans of time, a nest egg of savings, and a gym membership. Previous times like this I've focused on making my skill-set or apartment better/fancier, but now I want to focus on myself. No creative projects, no learning and growing, just pure, unabashed vanity. What can I do in two and half months to get all kinds of pretty? Ideally during the day. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Nov 9, 2013 - 27 answers

How can I become more assertive and avoid being an easy target?

I feel that I am generally somebody who ends up being taken advantage of. What can I change about myself to avoid this? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Oct 8, 2013 - 7 answers

Get Out Of My Head!

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, a la Cheryl Strayed in Wild, is a great example of a solitary experience that brings one out of one's head. Looking for other ideas. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Sep 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me find meditation clip, please.

What are your favourite guided meditation recordings? I am looking at around twenty minutes and a fair amount of variety as I'd like to do this daily. Unless, of course, you've found that keeping to the same tape every time has a positive effect. [more inside]
posted by mrsh on Sep 4, 2013 - 12 answers

How do I learn to make myself happy for me, not others?

Keeping myself happy: How do I maintain the mindset that it's for me and not to find a partner? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Sep 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Stop it. No, really, stop it.

How do you force yourself to break minor bad habits, when you're already aware of them and you really, genuinely do want to stop them? [more inside]
posted by Dilligas on Aug 2, 2013 - 13 answers

"Don't Break The Chain" app with skip days, because life is complicated

There are tons of "Don't Break The Chain"-style motivation tools in the iOS App Store and online, but I'm having trouble finding one with a feature I find essential: the ability to skip days on the fly without breaking your streak. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Apr 13, 2013 - 15 answers

How can I stop inadvertent aping/mimicry of others?

Throughout my whole life, I've had a problem with mimicry. Most of the time, I can catch myself and nip it in the bud. Sometimes I can't, and it affects my interactions with other people. [more inside]
posted by nohaybanda on Apr 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Upgrade my expletives!

What do the classiest people you know say when they stub their toe, get cut off in traffic, or otherwise need a short noise more important for it's sound than it's meaning? [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on Feb 22, 2013 - 134 answers

How can I become more extroverted?

Have you successfully made an intentional transition from introversion (socialization = draining) to extroversion (socialization = sustaining)? If so, please step inside and share your insights with me. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Feb 9, 2013 - 24 answers

Resources for improving communication skills

Can anybody recommend a book that will teach me how to be assertive without sounding bitchy? Or, maybe it's a self-esteem issue that I'm dealing with. I'd like to communicate better. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Jan 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me fake it until I make it.

I want to be better, faster, smarter and stronger, but I'm behind the eight ball. Help? [more inside]
posted by dean winchester on Dec 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Self-help for the cynic.

Please recommend some self-help books for those who hate self-help books. Humor, cynicism, and a firm basis in science/psychology is especially appreciated. [more inside]
posted by timory on Nov 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Please come in, we don't have anything worth stealing anyway

I find it very hard to say no to people. I try to please everybody, especially people I don't know well. I worry a lot about offending, committing social faux-pas or hurting people's feelings. The idea that somebody wouldn't like me makes me anxious. What can I do about it? And how do I learn to NOTICE when my boundaries are being crossed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2012 - 15 answers

How do you know if you're good at something? Difficulty level: lack of feedback

How do you know if you're good at something? [more inside]
posted by jcatus on Nov 6, 2012 - 21 answers

Good habits to habituate?

Transform-my-life filter: looking for "good habits" to build into my life. [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Sep 18, 2012 - 37 answers

Executive Function for 20-somethings

What can I do to improve my executive function as a 23 year old male? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Sep 16, 2012 - 15 answers

Am I too passive under stress? How to fix?

Should I be someone who takes more action when I'm under stress? If so, how do I go about becoming that person? [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on May 21, 2012 - 9 answers

So obvious, even a fool could understand it

How does one internalize advice that is an enumerated collection of pithy platitudes? [more inside]
posted by identitymap on May 4, 2012 - 10 answers

How can an adult improve memory?

I have a terrible memory. I did join luminosity to try to "regain my brain" lol. I think there might be other ways. I do read a ton but I find I sometimes even forget the characters. I have spoken to a doc and they say it isn't medical so I'm hoping to get a few suggestions? I find it is a detriment to my everyday life.
posted by femmme on Mar 15, 2012 - 8 answers

I want to try something new. Ideas?

What's a good habit to challenge myself to pick up/lose over 30 days? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Sep 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Roses Really Smell Like Boo-Boo-Boo

My self-improvement endeavors have made my self-esteem rise to astronomical levels. Now I'm super-awesome. I'm also a self-absorbed cranky bitch. [more inside]
posted by calcetina on Sep 1, 2011 - 36 answers

Self-improvement via iPod

I'd like to find a use for my iPod touch that will, in some way, enrich my life more than just playing endless games of Drop7. Some ideas I've had: reading great literature in ebook form; memory training; becoming more virtuous; studying a foreign language. What other things can I do?
posted by yankeefog on Aug 4, 2011 - 22 answers

What were you doing while I was wasting my time?

What are some "sneaky" ways people spend their private time? [more inside]
posted by milqman on Jul 22, 2011 - 44 answers

Scientifically verified ways to improve happiness and solve problems?

From the article in this post: "...there actually is some pretty good research on how to become happier and how to overcome personal difficulties that can be done relatively simply but which the self-help industry ignores." Well, I'm game. What simple, scientifically validated ways exist to become happier and overcome difficulties? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jun 15, 2011 - 17 answers

Hurry up and help me before I am not interested in an answer anymore!

One of my few habits is that I have no regular routines/habits. Is this something I definitely need to change or is there a way to leverage this to do everything I want to do in life? [more inside]
posted by thorny on May 31, 2011 - 19 answers

Constructive cures for cabin fever

I am caring for an elderly relative who needs someone nearby 24 hours a day. I'm left with a lot of free time that I'd like to fill with something constructive. What (cheap, indoor, offline) things can I do that will have satisfying results in the 4-6 weeks I'll be here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2011 - 15 answers

I want to be less consumed by bitterness

How do I learn to let things wash over me and become a less bitter person generally in life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2010 - 29 answers

I'm out of sorts. Help me find some sorts.

I don't work or go to school. I have no friends. I live with/off my parents. Interacting with people – especially people I don't know – makes me very nervous. It's been like this for years. How do I turn my life around? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2010 - 25 answers

Bad id! No biscuit.

Curbing impulses: what are some simple, in-the-moment tricks for interrupting reflexive behavior patterns and restoring self-control? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Apr 27, 2009 - 9 answers

Small projects for a high-school senior on gap year.

Can anyone recommend some projects or self-improvement/self-studying for a high school senior taking a gap year between high school and college? [more inside]
posted by zhang.chuck on Mar 8, 2009 - 5 answers

Learning art skills?

I have no visual arts skills and want to change that this year. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by mendel on Jan 4, 2009 - 19 answers

Is there a reason to be happy?

I'm not happy. Can I be happy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me find inner peace through my Ipod

Please help me achieve inner peace on my morning commute. Looking for audio book recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Otis on Nov 20, 2008 - 18 answers

How can a loser like me change, and get more involved in the world around me?

How can a loser like me change, and get more involved in the world around me? [more inside]
posted by Ephilation on Nov 6, 2008 - 30 answers

Busy my Autumn!

So I just broke up with somebody I've been dating for several years. For the next few months I want to keep busy, improve my health, and do some things with my spare time. I'm thinking nanowrimo in November, and maybe something like the 100 pushup challenge. I'm cycling to work. What other daily self-improvement-y 'lifehacks' will make me healthy, happy and wise as I get over the bump? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2008 - 16 answers

"Brain Training" via videogames: breakthrough or big lie?

Brain Training Games like Brain Age are a big hit lately -- Do you think they actually improve cognition? [more inside]
posted by phylum sinter on Sep 6, 2008 - 9 answers

I don't want to make New Year's Resolutions. I want to actually get stuff done!

It’s almost the New Year! There’s a lot I want to accomplish in 2008, but I find New Year’s Resolutions to be kinda lame, plus I always end up forgetting them by February. I’d like some sort of substitute that will get me excited about self-improvement right away and still keep me going strong for months/years to come. Ritual value is nice, but more importantly, it has to work. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Dec 14, 2007 - 16 answers

Help! I'm a stuffaholic.

I’m not materialistic, just far too attached to my worldly possessions. How can I break my addiction to stuff? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Oct 25, 2007 - 34 answers

I'm Bipolar and Disorganized -- Please Help

I'm trying to get my life organized. As I've mentioned here before , I'm also bipolar. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by SteveTheRed on May 16, 2007 - 10 answers

How to not screw up my kid?

How can I get past the fear that I'm totally going to botch the very important job of parenthood, and just be a good mom? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on Jan 24, 2007 - 27 answers

Where can a girl go to get her head clear for free in this country?

My girlfriend wants somewhere to, in her words, "detox" in the USA. But it's not drug or booze related. She wants somewhere go, chill, clear her head, be quiet for a while and concentrate on starting her life again. And she wants to do it for free. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 31, 2006 - 37 answers

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