Brain dump

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a. Simple action, one goal: get it out of your head and onto some reference point (paper, screen, recording) so that you can free up mental space to do work (instead of just storing a list of work to do).

b. Paper method: get a piece of paper, notebook, index cards, whatever. Spend 10 minutes writing down every single thing you… Continue reading

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Balance

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a. Not falling over.

b. A good excuse for not wholeheartedly pursuing whatever it is you really love.

c. Important if you are an acrobat, trapeze artist, tightrope walker, unicyclist.

d. Maybe not as important as we think it is for everyone else.

e. A thing you might have to sacrifice to live a life that matters, a… Continue reading

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Simple rules, continued

Simple rules help you do what you want to do (like form a new habit, or reach a goal).

Here’s how I come up with simple rules:

  1. Figure out what I want to do. (This is usually the most difficult part.)
  2. Figure out the ONE key action that will help me do what I want to do. (Sometimes this is so obvious it’s painful.)
  3. Figure out how
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Simple rules

People crave simplicity.

Well, I crave simplicity. Maybe you crave complexity. I don’t know.

I do know that simple rules we set for ourselves can help us succeed when we might otherwise fail.

For example, I have tried off and on for the last 5 years to get into a regular exercise routine. I’ve had sporadic success. I’ll get on a streak, be consistent for a week… Continue reading

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