A Pattern-Breaking Productivity “Hack” You’ve Likely Never Seen Before

And insights on integrity, inner/outer balance, and “optimal” workout time/routines

Neeramitra Reddy


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At A Glance

  • Story Spotlight: Of the 500+ Books I’ve Read, only These 5 Reside on My Desk
  • Proven Productivity: The Furniture Hack for Pattern-breaking Productivity.
  • Excellence Epiphanies: On Integrity, Inner/Outer Balance, & Letting Go(d).
  • Fitness Findings: The “most optimal” workout time and routine(s).
  • Bonus #1: A breezy magical book you’ll love.
  • Bonus #2: A free value-packed resource you’ll find insightful.

Story Spotlight

Inspiration when idle. Hope when low. Clarity when confused — these 5 books provide them all:

Proven Productivity — The Furniture Hack

I could (and probably will) come up with a “better” name for this hack …

But it’s so useful I have to share it with you. Now. Only 3 simple principles:

  • Our brains mentally Associate our moods/behaviors/thoughts with objects/places/people.
  • Such an Association exists between our work environments and productivity.
  • By changing the work environment, we can break old procrastination patterns.

But not everyone can be a digital nomad or cubicle-jumping daily.

That’s where the Furniture Re-Shift comes in — re-ordering the furniture/items in your work environment to break old patterns.

P.S. Credit to Masculine Theory for the seed idea — mine is merely an offshoot of the same.

I recently did this for my workroom — and boy does it all feel new!

Photos by the author

Free of the old procrastination Associations, I’m ensuring to set up Deep Work ones for this new setup.

It’s a one-time grunt effort — but massively worth it. The effort is therapeutic too.

Try it out once. You can thank me later.

Excellence Epiphanies

#1 — The Difference Between Honesty and Integrity

A friend of mine innocently dropped an epiphany-inducing bomb on me today:

“Honesty is saying what you (have) do(ne) and Integrity is doing what you say.”

I realized I’m “honest”, brutally so — but not so “integral”. Humbling but I now know what to work on.

Are you Integral or Honest? Both? Neither?

#2 — The Power Of Letting Go(d)

There’s a problem I’ve tried white-knuckling with willpower for years now — only to fail repeatedly.

But for the first time, I’m winning over it — through Surrender…

By Letting Go(d).

It’s a Slogan I’m aiming to lead my life by:

Do Your Best.
Surrender the Rest (to God).

It’s almost like the Serenity Prayer (Worth reciting multiple times a day):

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

#3 — Balancing Your Inner & Outer Worlds/Success

Yin/Yang (Source: Pinterest)

There’s an inescapable truth I’ve realized:

  • Material success without inner progress leads to misery and emptiness.
  • Inner growth without outer efforts leads to frustration and guilt.

The key is balancing both — at every stage of (inner) life.

As to the question of be(com)ing a philosopher after getting rich or before?

It’s during.

  • A(f)t(er) every step of wealth/success, we need to reflect and retreat within.
  • After every stage of Inner Progress, we must go/progress out there.

Fitness Findings

Finding #1 — The “Most Optimal” Time To Exercise

Morning. Noon. Evening. Late Night…

Both the research and my personal experience with “optimal” workout times agree with one thing:

When you workout doesn’t matter as long as you workout consistently.

So, there you go.

The time you can be the most consistent with is your “most optimal” workout time.

P.S. There are deeper nuances and if you want to truly “optimize”, I’d suggest reading this article:

Finding #2 — The “Most Optimal” Workout Routine

I wish I could say it’s “whatever routine you can stick to consistently” as the above.

But it’s not that simple here.

You can and should still choose a routine you enjoy and can be consistent with. But it must tick off these boxes:

  • Trains every muscle group at least 2x a week: For naturals, it’s crucial to stimulate muscle growth every 36–48 hours for optimal growth.
  • Involves some form of progressive overload: Progressive overload is the one necessary factor for continued muscle growth.
  • Has optimal weekly Volume for all muscle groups: This is to ensure proportional development of the whole body’s musculature. This is the difference between unaesthetic proportions (left) and aesthetics (right).
Collage by the author

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Bonus #1 — A Magical Book You’ll Love Reading

Photo by the author

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It’s an 11-year compilation of Paulo Coelho’s travels, his master’s teachings, and the unforgettable — exchanges, excerpts, and encounters.

Maktub is not only an unforgettable first read — but also a perfect daily re-read.

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Godspeed and Cheers!,
Neeramitra Reddy

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