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If You Commit to Nothing, You’ll Be Distracted by Everything: Lessons from the “Marathon Monks”

If You Commit to Nothing, You’ll Be Distracted by Everything: Lessons from the “Marathon Monks”

Here’s the biggest thing I took away from this article:

If something is important to you, complete it. If not, kill it.

As James Clear, the author, comments, we often have many half-finished projects sitting in the backlog of our minds. Too much “soul clutter” can lead to exhaustion. If you can complete them now, do so. If you can’t, but you also can’t bring yourself to kill them, write out somewhere all of those ideas and half-planned or half-finished things that you really do want to do, and get them out of your head. Take a deep breath, and practice single-tasking. You can’t be 100% focused on something if you’ve got more than one ‘something’ in your head. 😉

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Such great stuff. My favorite is #14 – Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.

I’ve been working on a few novels for years, and these 22 rules challenge so much of my work. The novel I have gotten the farthest on (in terms of getting it close to completion) is severely struggling with rule 14 here. My answer so far as to why I must tell THIS story? “Because, it sounds like a fun story!”

Is that enough?

1:1 criticism ratio

1:1 criticism ratio

“Think before you speak” meets “always be humble”. I’m not a huge fan of bashing, whether towards yourself or others, but there’s definitely something to remembering that everyone’s human, and we all make mistakes, and we – ourselves – make just as many or more mistakes than the next guy.

Keep this in mind any time you have a criticism. Is it really a big deal? Is it really a mistake that needs pointing out? If so, is it really necessary to berate the other person? Or is there a gentler way of saying, “Hey, don’t know if you noticed this…”?

When I worked for Pizza Hut, the first place that made me a manager (shift manager, but management all the same), one of the first things they trained me on was how to humanely deal with issues. Remember that not all mistakes are intentional, and that most people *want* to know how to do things correctly.

An Alternative to To-Do Lists for Getting Tasks Done | World of Psychology

An Alternative to To-Do Lists for Getting Tasks Done | World of Psychology.

Instead of thinking about what you should do or even what you need to do, think about what you could do.

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh asks these interview questions to get people off their script

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh asks these interview questions to get people off their script

Whether or not you’re looking to hire soon, or interview for a job, there are some very deep, thought-provoking questions here that everyone should ask themselves.

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Same great principles here, useful for general business thinking too.

Anxiety

Anxiety

Have you ever thought, “maybe anxiety is normal”? What about… healthy?

The Art of Writing Constantly

The Art of Writing Constantly

Here’s the thing: the more you do something, the more you continue to do it. And the more you continue to do it, the easier it becomes.

5 Easy To-Dos That Keep Your To-Do List Healthy – Fast Company

5 Easy To-Dos That Keep Your To-Do List Healthy

  1. Choose the right tool – Will an App or Sticky Notes or a Notepad work best?
  2. Be in the now – Simplify and focus your tasks. Work it down to actionable items, rather than big goals.
  3. Learn to delegate – If General and later President Dwight D. Eisenhower had to delegate, so do you.
  4. Prioritize and reward – All work and no play…. Split up your tasks with quick rewards. Put them on your list and you’re more likely to do them, and when the time is right.
  5. Plan ahead – Review at the end of your day and plan for the next day. Try to keep far-future tasks and goals out of your daily to-do list. (See number 2)

If you like an analog (paper) to-do list, might I recommend one of my to-do list templates? I’ve also got a context-based list template I’m about to release too!

The 4 Elements of Personal Energy

The 4 elements of physical energy and how to master them

Based primarily on the works of Tony Schwartz, beginning with his quote “Manage your energy, not your time.”

The four energies we all have:

  1. Physical Energy – How healthy are you?
  2. Emotional Energy – How happy are you?
  3. Mental Energy – How well can you focus?
  4. Spiritual Energy – How connected are you to purpose? (Or, why are you doing all this?)

This article in particular then breaks down Physical Energy and what you can do to improve it. Sleep well, eat well, be at least a little active, and take breaks to renew yourself.

For more on steps you can take to ensure the health of all four energies, I recommend James Altucher’s Daily Practices, along with his tool TDP.me.

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