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As you might have noticed, this newsletter has been on a short hiatus. The elves and I used the time to rethink our offering. And based on your feedback — you loved the Pinkcast but wanted the other material to be briefer and more focused — we’ve reconfigured the format. 

Each newsletter edition will now contain just two items:

First, a Pinkcast. These short videos with science-based tools and tips have been enormously popular. In Season 3, which begins today, we’ve made them even better.

Second, what we’re calling One More Thing. I’ll offer a few paragraphs about an idea that’s caught my attention and seemed worth sharing. 

That’s it. One Pinkcast and One More Thing. Shorter and simpler. Even more entertaining and actionable.

Let’s get started. 

PINKCAST 3.01: This is how to motivate yourself when you don’t feel like exercising.

What everyone knows: Exercise is good for us. What everyone also knows: Sometimes we don’t feel like exercising.

So, how can we resolve this conundrum, and get on our feet and into the gym?

The answer: A mental trick, revealed in this 114-second video, which you can watch the video below.


  • You can find out more about Michelle Segar here. Her excellent book is NO SWEAT: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness. (Buy it at Amazon,, IndieBound, or 8CR.)

ONE MORE THING: Rethinking high school

In the book WHEN, I described the dangers of early school start times for teenagers. Administrators, I wrote, should heed the recommendations of pediatricians and begin high school no earlier than 8:30 am.

But maybe I wasn’t thinking big enough.

Teacher Bernie Bleske offers an even bolder scheduling prescription. He says we should consider scrapping semesters and 50-minute classes — and instead have students take two long classes each day (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) for 6 or 8 weeks. When the term ends, students would move to new subjects

Meanwhile, Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine advance an argument I’ve been yapping about for years: One way to revamp high school is to make classes more like extracurricular activities. With extracurriculars, students are self-directed, engaged with the outside world, and working toward a common purpose — essential elements in any kind of learning that are often missing in traditional classrooms. 

Your assignment: Ask a high school student what he or she thinks of these ideas. You might be surprised by the answers. 

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Daniel Pink

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