While the tea is hot

Here’s a workflow for the next time you can’t face a mundane / boring / difficult task: Prepare your workspace / turn on your computer Make a cup of tea Commit to doing the job for as long as the tea lasts, or as long as it’s hot You’ll probably stay longer than you think. See also: James Clear’s Temptation…

Clean-up vs Prep

… are more or less the same thing, but they feel different. Clean-up is orientated towards the past, while preparation looks to the future. Clean-up is the drudge work, while preparation is setting the stage for the next thing. Clean-up means “I’ve finished.” Preparation means “I’m ready.” Your office. Your kitchen. Your car. Your living room. Your sports kit. Your…

James Clear on habits as casting votes

Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity. This is one reason why meaningful change does not require radical change. Small habits can make a meaningful difference by providing evidence of…

On mopping the floor

Sweep up. Mop the floor. Spend five minutes – five minutes! – a day putting things back in their places or working out where their places should be or throwing things out. It isn’t just that the reduction in friction will pay off many times over – it’s that the act of tidying will change you – slowly – into…

Enjoyment

… of good things is as useful as discipline. If you enjoy it, you’re more likely to do it, and to do it more often, which will often lead to more and better results. What if, instead of working harder – at maintaining a decent diet, at exercising, at the less-than-fun aspects of our work, at spending time with friends…

Spare 15

What do you do with a spare fifteen minutes? Quite frequently, I’ll… Continue a Whatsapp conversation Skim the news See who’s been coming to DriverlessCroc Catch the next few minutes of whatever podcast or talk on youtube I’m listening to Read someone else’s blog More rarely, I’ll… Think about a half-formed thought for a blog post Make a foray onto…

The time and the energy

As in, “I don’t know where you get them.” I can’t make more time*, and you almost certainly know more than I do about managing your energy. But here are a couple of thoughts about doing stuff – and having fun – that relate to both. Diminishing costs You can (and should) ‘create’ time and energy by saving them through…

The Daily

If you haven’t, go and read Seth Godin’s posts here and here. It sounds hard, but daily turns out to be easier than weekly or fortnightly. If you do it daily, you don’t miss. Daily writing. Daily exercise. Daily prayer or meditation. Daily time with the right people. Daily accumulates by a magnitude. Low bars and high cycle-speeds will see…

The level of your systems

You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. James Clear – Atomic Habits If you want things to be easier tomorrow, it really helps to have strong systems in place. Most of the important things that you do go a lot better if you have a system for making sure…

You snooze you lose

… is a fact of life. It means if you’re not alert, you’ll miss out. It doesn’t mean that it’s okay to snatch something out of someone’s hand just because they’re not looking, or that we shouldn’t set something aside for someone who’s running late. It means that if you’re not in the game, you can’t score. It doesn’t mean…