Re-inventing ourselves has always been the most important skill. I’m re-inventing myself by improving in 15 areas at a time. This post is part of my Re Human project.
Books: I finished Extend Your Mind. and kept reading The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership.
Some notes from today:
Creativity, innovation, and collaboration occur best when you operate above the line of consciousness.
Commitment 1: taking radical, full responsibility.
C2: learning through curiosity.
Research on leadership says that these 4 characteristics trump all others for sustained success:
Self awareness, Learning agility, Communication, Influence
Feedback that you most react to has the highest chance for you to learn & improve.
C3: feel your feelings.
Great leaders learn to access all 3 centers of intelligence: head, heart, gut.
Emotion: e-motion: energy in motion.
Meditation: 20 minutes in the afternoon.
Re Human Extended Activity: Saturdays is Music Production.
Came across a video of how this famous music producer uses his iPad to produce music, so I decided to try out producing with my iPad. Downloaded the app he recommended, Beatmaker 3 and started learning its interface. Also downloaded a cool app for generating chords “Chords Gen”. I liked Chords Gen a bit more than Beatmaker, but it’s probably because it was way simpler/clearer use case than Beatmaker. I think next time I’m going to continue using Logic Pro, but Beatmaker could be fun while traveling or in parks/places where it would be nicer to create on an iPad than on a computer.
Writing: This post, code, and a daily thought.
Digital Drawing & Painting:
Today I finished this drawing! Followed this video on Youtube. It wasn’t a tutorial — it was just a “cool video” of the artist drawing, so it was fun to try to figure out what layers he was using, what brushes, what colors, what opacity, etc. (he didn’t show any of that).
Fitness: Came across this method of HIIT called Tabata training, devised by Japanese researchers. Sounded interesting so decided to give it a try. Essentially, you choose an exercise and you do the following:
- Work out hard for 20 seconds
- Rest for 10 seconds
- Complete 8 rounds
I interpreted “work out hard” as “work out as hard as you can” and this instantly become one of the simplest and hardest workouts I’ve done.
It’s only 4 minutes per exercise. I tried it with push ups, no-weight jumping squats, pull-ups, and burpees. Super hard. If you want to give it a try, I’d recommend listening to pump-up music, because this is the kind of thing you need as much support as possible. My Gatorade playlist is specifically for this.
I would not recommend doing Tabata with weights.
Before this I also practiced the human flag.
Piano: Practiced La La Land’s song with my keyboard! Found out that yes, Flowkey actually gets the input directly from MIDI — from my keyboard connected to the computer, making the note recognition perfect (which I could feel wasn’t as perfect with just sound recognition on real pianos, maybe because they’re out of tune).
Soccer trick juggling: Today I a couple around the worlds, but none in a row.
Quote I came across in this awesome Sensible Living Document:
“Life is the gift of nature; but beautiful living is the gift of wisdom”
This quote I think has become one of my all-time favorite quotes.
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