Everyday, we will bring to you a related set of 3 actionable tips, ideas & advice (mostly from Twitter)! These are meant to expand your thinking, knowledge & empower you to be the best version of yourself. The links (people, tools & processes) are also meant to add value :)
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Today's theme is: Habits for Consistent Productivity
At StrangerSapiens, Consistent Productivity is about striking the balance between : Efficiency | Results | WellBeing
Here are a handful habits to start with each : 👉🏻
Well Being : 4 habits from a renowned meditation teacher to help creators work better. Interestingly, in our view they also apply if you wanna have better mental, social and emotional peaceLast week, on the Happier podcast with , meditation teacher Jeff Warren talked about the four most important habits in life. They're the same four habits great creators apply to their work. Here they are, in Jeff's words:The first habit is concentration: the skill of calm. When we focus, there's a tendency for the thing we're focusing on to become more stable. And if we hold our attention long enough, we can have the experience of flowing and merging with that activity or object.The second habit is clarity: the skill of discernment. This is the part of us capable of panning out to a broader perspective and zooming in to notice previously unconscious habits of thinking and responding. Anything that teaches self-awareness boosts the habit of clarity.The third habit is care: the skill of appreciation. Care leads to doing things well. To treating people well, including yourself. It's the habit of front-loading love into what you see and do to the degree that feels honest to who you are.
Results : As a human, it's tough to think long term and avoid biases. But that's where the results almost exclusively lie. This excellent thread shares 8 ideas that apply in this context. Again, interestingly, the last lesson is keeping a Decision Journal - our theme from yesterday!THREAD worked in the front office for the Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers. Last week, I saw him speak and his talk is still ringing in my head. This morning I re-read his excellent 2016 letter. Highlights below.Lesson 1: Have a long view "A competitive league like the NBA necessitates a zig while our competitors comfortably zag. We often chose not to defend ourselves against much of the criticism, largely in an effort to stay true to the ideal of having the longest view in the room."Lesson 2: Be a lifelong learner "Lifelong learning is where it’s at. To walk down that path requires a deep-seated humility about a) what’s knowable, and b) what each of us know. We hire for this aggressively. We celebrate this internally."Lesson 3: "I Don't Know" We talk a great deal about being curious, not critical... About not being afraid to ask the obvious question that everyone else seems to know the answer to. And about the willingness to say three simple words, “I don’t know.”
Efficiency : Most efficiency lies in DELETING thing than adding - especially when it comes to habits. Here is a list (and then explanations) of habits that can hamper our day to day efficiency.Impediments to personal growth: 1) Thinking “I am very different!” 2) Fixating on Bezos, Musk, Gates 3) Requiring incontrovertible proof 4) Judging the source, not the idea 5) Wanting immediate improvement 6) Seeking just tactics, not principles 7) Learning to avoid doingOn #1, this is so good:
Jim OShaughnessy @jposhaughnessy“Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.” ~David Foster WallaceMore: Many people think their constitution & circumstances are such that only something novel & powerful can help improve things. They say "sure, it worked for you, but it would never for me", without proper evaluation. In reality, this is just a defense tactic used by the ego.
It's a good time for a reminder that all these posts are meaningless and not useful unless there's action.
And it applies to us here at StrangerSapiens as much as it applies to everyone else.
But starting small is better than not starting. So take any of ideas we share and run with it!
See you soon 💫