How to be Smarter: "Ask yourself, 'What is the smallest step I can do?'. Most of us look at something on our (mental or digital or paper) list and subconsciously think, “That’s too hard.” So we put it off. But that’s because we’re thinking about an entire project, which has many tasks. You can’t do a project right now, you can only do a task. Instead of saying, “I’m going to write that paper that’s due,” you should say, “I’m going to write 3 things in the outline of the paper.” If the smallest task stills seems too hard, say you’re just going to do 5 minutes of that small task right now. Or just two minutes. Make it ridiculously easy." -- Great quote from this article on 3 discipline habits you can train yourself to do. How to be Prettier: 26 Tiny Things To Start Doing For Yourself This Year.
How to be (less) Awkward: How to Build the Social Ties You Need at Work. This whole HBR piece is good, but my favorite was Case Study #1 about personalizing emails.