Have you ever said to yourself, “I won’t start writing that essay until I can get it absolutely perfect?” or “I won’t start that project until my desk and room are spotless”.
Welcome to the world (and trap) of perfectionism.
I come from a family of perfectionists. So I have first-hand […]
I used to agonize over writing essays. Writing every sentence was like sticking a pencil in my eyeball. It was a painful process.
But over time something has shifted. I now really enjoy writing.
How could this be? From pencil in the eye pain to enjoyment?
Well, I gave myself permission to write […]
18th century philosopher Denis Diderot pondering his stationery consumption
In recent years, the humble notepad, pencil case and pen have transformed. Stationery has experienced an extreme makeover.
I recently worked with a teenager girl who used a bright pink pen with a big diamond on top to take notes. This pen even […]
Have you ever found yourself looking up a thesaurus in an attempt to find a more complex or sophisticated word to use in an essay so you looked more intelligent?
I’ll admit, I’ve done it. But it turns out, I’m not alone.
110 Stanford students were asked if they had ever looked up a thesaurus to find a complex word. Two thirds admitted they […]