You define success. You choose the routes you take.
Set yourself up for victory. There are other ways to your goal. Don’t be afraid to explore different paths to outcomes. Also, outcomes can change as you proceed.
Try and fail. Really fail. Force yourself to explore different routes to gain new perspectives. Make sure the mountain you’re climbing is the mountain you want to scale.
Obstacles will be in your way. You can wish them away, or see them as another contributor to the legend that is your story. …
Getting things done isn’t as rewarding as it used to be.
You have access to the world’s information at your fingertips. You can become anything you want to by learning anything online. But there’s too much data. You’ll never cover it all.
Infomania leads to endless, fruitless productivity.
You’re not just overwhelmed; you’re unfulfilled.
I know your pain. The feeling of unfulfillment sucks. So I’ve been experimenting with different strategies. Here’s my current recipe for purpose-driven focus.
Your daily todo list needs a crash diet.
Not everything matters. Cut the fat. Carve out anything that isn’t mission-critical.
Ask yourself, “If I only did one thing today, what would it be?” …
Repeat a routine often enough and boredom will slowly rot you from the inside. Each day blends into the next. Boredom starts to hurt.
This is cabin fever.
Since COVID-19 lockdowns, I’ve had weekly cabin fever spikes. I’m not alone. Working from home without a strategy? You’re getting it too.
It’s subtle and uncomfortable. It’s difficult to pinpoint what’s bothering you. Netflix, food, naps, even home workouts only contribute to the inner madness.
Getting outside isn’t enough. You’ve got to go somewhere completely new. Open up Maps. Find a random street in another neighborhood.
Drop a pin. Go there.
Do anything. Go for a walk, jog, drive around. Just spend time in a new place. You’ll feel immediate relief. …
I am always looking to boost my productivity throughput. I’d consider myself the perfect target market for self-help books, productivity hacks, even questionable Instagram ads for a hat that claims to improve focus. I’m a productivity addict, and I actively hunt for any product or method that can elevate me to Ferris-esque levels of output.
Then I heard of Anti-Productivity.
In order to learn what Anti-Productivity is, I need to quickly cover the current state of productivity. Productivity has entrenched itself as king of our culture — and it’s only getting worse. It routinely pushes people beyond their emotional and physical breaking points. People accept living unfulfilled lives as the norm, disregarding anything outside the scope of work including family, friends, and their own health. The bottomline: Society rewards high productivity, everything else is secondary. …
Good morning, it’s a new day. You lay cozy in bed, disoriented, quickly trying to find your bearings. What time is it? What day is it today? What do I have to do? Thoughts flood your mind, attempting to predict the day ahead. Will today be a good day or a bad day? You don’t know shit, you just woke up, maybe hungover, maybe half-dreaming. You’re not even close to being fully awake nor are you in a position to correctly evaluate how the day will pan out. You’re still in your damn bed sheets. This is your comical attempt to be a fortune teller. …
Finding the right fit
Distractions fuck with your flow unless you manage them. The underlying issue is that we allow distractions into our precious “focus spacetime”. Little by little, we unknowingly develop terrible habits for cultivating regular flow states. Flow states feel amazing and lead us to do wonderful things, so let’s design a life that generates more of those experiences.
Distractions, duh. A distraction is anything that pulls your focus away from where it needs to be. They can be external (notifications on your phone) or internal (unresolved arguments, responsibilities). The goal is to actively eliminate them.
You need to be accountable for your space and time when you’re getting things done. This is priceless, sacred focus spacetime. You’re in charge of generating it each time you do any work. It’s not going to happen on its own. You have to be the guardian and gardener that makes this possible. …
You’ve been so good all week. You haven’t broken your streak yet. In fact, you’ve caught a wave of momentum for the past few days. But today is different. You don’t have the confidence you felt yesterday. There’s doubt. Not just a small tinge of it; it’s enough to convince you today is the day your streak ends. Bottomline: there are two outcomes today: you do the thing or you don’t do the thing. What’s the difference between the two outcomes?
What caused the split? What drove you over the edge of doubt? The good news is that so many things can help us conquer that doubt. Caffeine, a supportive group of friends, an empowering blog post, an inspiring book, vlog, quote, sunshine, a workout. You get the idea, inspiration is everywhere. Then why are days like this so difficult to conquer if you’re swimming in an ocean of catalysts? …