07 Jan - 13 Jan 2019
I’ve had a very productive week using a new weekly schedule (see what I learnt below), rearranging my days to achieve more consistency, greater output and spend more meaningful time with my family.
Best thing I’ve read
We’re all the early days of a new year with goal setting, etc top of mind. Most articles are the same old guff, butHow to work on your goals when you don’t have time from Scott Young stood out. Not because it was something I haven’t heard before, but it drove home the point that often the problem is simply that we haven’t taken the time to identify the friction points to keep us moving forward.
Books I’m reading
I hear you is a nice short, to the point book. I could have ripped through it in a couple of days, but I’ve set myself a simple target of reading just a few pages each day so that it stays fresh in my mind until our book club call at the end of January.
It enables me to spend a bit more time reading Seveneves, which is at the opposite end of the spectrum, a meandering, highly detailed epic. I’m really enjoying both of them.
What did I learn this week?
While I am my own boss, I realised I could give myself “permission” to start and stop work to suit me. I often struggled last year to get started with a workout early in the mornings, and even when I did they weren’t quite as effective as later in the day. Food and movement helps. Instead, I’m waking up and getting straight to work on my first Big 3 task. Then, after breakfast with the family, I walk the kids to school. Aside from getting to spend more time together, I get to start filling my exercise ring and get warmed up. When I get back, I’m ready to start my workout.
A week in Stoicism
Once we know what is in our control and what isn’t, then we can focus solely on those things we have a choice about.
Who then is invincible? The one who cannot be upset by anything outside their reasoned choice. Epictetus