Kalish Considers Little Habits of Influence

The many benefits of developing good habits have been in the spotlight lately. Much of this focus has been on saving time, improving health, or changing attitudes. It got me thinking. What little habits could I put into place to up-level my influence in the world on a regular basis? A little free flowing brainstorm landed me with 3 possible practices that might fit the bill of actions I can commit to:


NoNoNovember Week 4 — Stress Less J. A. Kalish

I’ve come to the end of my No-No-November purge with just one more item needing addressed: Stress. With these last few days of November, I will be focusing on what I can do less of to make this a special holiday season. My gift to you is these 5 tips to bring peace and joy to your life as well. Enjoy.

1.) Whine Less — (Notice, I did NOT say “Less Wine.”) When you find yourself feeling put out or put upon, consider either making a genuine change or at least keeping your displeasure to yourself. “If you can’t say…


Scroll Less — J.A. Kalish

How are we halfway through November? With 2 weeks of No-No-November pre-holiday decluttering behind us we still have 2 full weeks to make things happen. Join me to ensure a fabulous holiday season by proactively reducing, removing, quitting, stopping, and minimizing as many nonessential activities, belongings, habits, and projects as possible.

This week’s goal is to ditch as many sources of virtual clutter as possible. Since a record number of us have been working or schooling from home this year our computers and cell phones have been lifelines. Unfortunately, there a price to pay with the excessive virtual clutter building…


BitmoClean — J. A. Kalish

Where the heck did the first week of November go? Although things might be a little different this year going into the holidays there will still be lots of opportunity for joy & celebrations so let’s be ready!

Join me in using November to reduce, remove, quit, stop, and minimize as many nonessential tasks, belongings, activities, habits, and projects as possible so that every minute of the holiday season can be enjoyed to the fullest. Hopefully, this proactive effort will usher in the holiday season with a rejuvenated home, schedule, and heart.

This plan is specifically for a No-No-November. It…


No-No-November 2020 pre-holiday life declutter has officially begun. Things might be a little different this year going into the holidays but there will still lots of opportunity for joy & celebrations. Join me in my quest so that together we can fully embrace the holidays when they arrive.

Implementing a “NO” philosophy can mean different things to different people but, overall, it is about having free time instead of a packed schedule, enough sleep to better enjoy the best of what every day offers, organized spaces instead of cluttered corners, peace of mind instead of stress and anxiety, a smaller…


For many Americans, anything worth doing is worth…overdoing. Perhaps we have unintentionally done this with the idea of Life Balance. I think we can agree that the basic concept of Life Balance is a pretty solid notion. The execution, however, might be leaving a bit to be desired. Truth is, I’ve taken great pride in creating a robust balance in my life. When I treat myself to a Dinkel’s donut, I tack on a couple of extra miles on the treadmill. Volunteering for stressful projects at work is offset by doing more yoga. …


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Setting myself up to be spectacularly productive begins by assigning each of my daily to-do items into 1 of 2 categories: “dumb things” and “smart things.” These designations aren’t personal judgments on how much I enjoy or value the activities. It’s all about how much of my brain will be called upon to accomplish each task well.

For example, some “dumb things” that might need done are unloading the dishwasher, taking the dog for a walk, driving to work, or skimming through emails. They don’t demand great mental effort, strategy, calculations, focus, or special training. The stakes are also low…


Mentoring seems to everywhere these days, in the workplace, in schools, in athletics, in civic outreach programs — everywhere. As a matter of fact, I recently taught a mentoring class for the last two years, so I’ve had quite a bit of time and reason to consider the notion that mentoring is a panacea for on-boarding and growing newcomers to virtually any group or team. …


Some days it’s as if my plate is not only full but excess obligations are dripping off the edges. It can be difficult when you are feeling overwhelmed to remember that it is actually possible to get all the important things done, when they need done, & how they need done. There just has to be a plan.

I’ve heard tell that if you make a list of the 10 things that most need done on a given day, put them in rank order, and erase the last 7 you will have a fighting chance of getting the three most…

Julia A. Kalish

Julia A. Kalish is a speaker, thinker, writer, thought leader, sleep advocate, defender of the Oxford comma, and a “NO” evangelist. www.JuliaAKalish.com

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