Monday Momentum Issue #9

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It comes out weekly, so If you set aside some time on Monday or first thing each day, you will be able to work through the content.

Not all the content may apply to your individual situation, although I strongly believe you can identify each week a few takeaways to use personally and/or professionally.

Welcome to the late day Monday Momentum Issue #9! Go make this week count!

I — Quote of the Week

“Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.” 
 — Angela Duckworth

II — Articles That Captured My Attention

· Why Deep Work Matters in a Distracted World

· How to Make Prioritizing Tasks Simple

· How to Use Breaks to be more Productive -> Don’t miss out on the infographic! Go print it out and post it on your wall near your desk!

III — Key Book Learning

· From the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, to modify a habit, you must decide to change it. You must consciously accept the hard work of identifying the cues and rewards that drive the habits’ routines, and find alternatives. You must know you have control and be self-conscious enough to use it!

IV — Highlighted TED Video

· Don’t Fear Superintelligence AI (Artificial Intelligence)

o This Ted Talk by Grady Booch is 10 minutes long.

V — Personal / Professional Challenge

· Take a few minutes and ponder on this blog post from Seth Godin:

The Why of Urgent vs Important

You know you should be focusing on the long-term journey, on building out the facility, signing up new customers or finishing your dissertation.

But instead, there’s a queue of urgent things, all justifiable, all requiring you and you alone to handle them. And so you do, pushing off the important in favor of the urgent.

Of course, everyone has this challenge, but some people manage to get past it. Even you, the last time you made a major move forward. Think about it — those urgencies from a few years ago: who’s handling them now?

The reason we go for urgent is that it makes us feel competent. We’re good at it. We didn’t used to be, but we are now.

Important, on the other hand, is fraught with fear, with uncertainty and with the risk of failure.

Now that you know why, you can dance with it.