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Thinking less to do more

Rhythm builds thoughtlessness. Work can become more natural out of mechanical motion, a kind of doing without thinking.

Employees can’t make one hundred sandwiches in a couple hours without silencing the monkey mind. The process of unthinking begets a chorus of action.

Similarly, we can’t dribble a basketball nor soccer ball effectively while focusing on the mechanics of the perfect touch. The gears of cognition get in the way of flow. Continued practice helps numb the disease of crippling doubt.

Habits are bicep curls for the brain

Good habits strengthen human software, primarily if we aim to do something consistently.

Like brushing our teeth, it’s the repetitive locomotion that undermines inertia and compels one to keep connecting the chain.

We can get used to being productive if we choose to make practice non-negotiable. All such preparation helps plow the field.

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Creatures of habit

Some of this may sound familiar:

  • Waking up at 6:30 every morning
  • Wearing the attire laid out the night before
  • Repeating the same motivational mantras in front of the bathroom mirror every morning

The benefits of establishing diurnal habits is the pre-planned automation that puts the body in motion before your mind. As a result, you don’t have to think, which saves brain space for other stuff like work priorities.

The drawbacks for habits, even the stuff you don’t want to think about, is that these things lose meaning over time. You’re doing them without questioning their utility in the first place.

Daily routines are meant to be switched up. You may wake up 10 minutes later or earlier. You may decide what to wear in the morning. You may want to choose a new set of mantras to motivate you, or none at all so you can just live.

We are rhythmic creatures

Change is good. Change often to keep the mind fresh from repetition. Mix it up every once in a while in order to stay awake.

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Not everything can be accomplished through willpower. Sometimes what we need is a bit of wait power.

M. J. Ryan, on patience
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Don’t publish everything you write, but the more you write, the more you have to choose from.

Seth Godin
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I like to think. 
I like to think. 

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Strength Finder

If you work on your strengths rather than improving your weaknesses, everything else just seems to come.

The problem most people have is in identifying their strengths. They tend to think of their strengths in terms of employment rather than their human nature.

Are you naturally creative, curious, and disorganized or more analytical, good with numbers, and detail oriented? Are you introspective or do you love to talk? Any mixture of those traits is completely fungible since no one is exactly alike.

Time is not only money, it’s happiness. Don’t get bogged down where you don’t have an innate ability. Rather, spend that time discovering and building upon your strengths. #yolo

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Spectator of your own Life

“The more you document your own life, the more you check in, you tweet, the more you post photos of what you did last night, the more you do all of this stuff, or even in my case, the more you listen for little lines of dialogue that can make their way into stories, the more you photograph moments, in a way, the more you start to step out of those moments, and if you do that too much, you become a spectator to your own life.” – Jonathan Harris

Life-streaming is addicting.  While we capture everything and broadcast it to fans and followers, we really miss the moment.  Memories can be googled but feelings are lost without concentrated experiences.