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228/365 Demanding the impossible

Impatience is always stabbing at the impossible: to transport yourself to the wrap-up of this wedding toast, to fly through this needlessly heavy revolving door, to banish from existence this disgruntled customer who’s now making the clerk call the manager. Let’s be clear that the experience of impatience has nothing[…]

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227/365 How to recover and learn from stress

Like a fight-or-flight response, a challenge response gives you energy and helps you perform under pressure. Your heart rate still rises, your adrenaline spikes, your muscles and brain get more fuel, and the feel-good chemicals surge. But it differs from a fight-or-flight response in a few important ways: You feel[…]

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226/365 Not dull

A similar argument holds for turning a job that lacks challenge and variety into one that satisfies our need for novelty and achievement. Here too one needs to expend additional psychic energy to reap the desired benefits. Without some effort a dull job will just stay dull. From “Finding Flow:[…]

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225/365 The grand gesture

“The grand gesture”. The concept is simple: By leveraging a radical change to your normal environment, coupled perhaps with a significant investment of effort or money, all dedicated toward supporting a deep work task, you increase the perceived importance of the task. This boost in importance reduces your mind’s instinct[…]

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224/365 Overconfident

Many people are overconfident, prone to place too much faith in their intuitions. They apparently find cognitive effort at least mildly unpleasant and avoid it as much as possible. From “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman

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223/365 Emmett’s law

Rita Emmett, the author of The Procrastinator’s Handbook, summed this up well in what she labeled Emmett’s law: “The dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.” From “The Productivity Project: Proven Ways to Become More Awesome” by Chris Bailey

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222/365 Three things

At the beginning of every day, mentally fast-forward to the end of the day, and ask yourself: When the day is over, what three things will I want to have accomplished? Write those three things down. Do the same at the beginning of every week. The three things you identify[…]

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221/365 Slow down

Meditation didn’t have a profound impact on my productivity because it helped me relax, clear my head, or relieve my stress after a long day—though it certainly did that. Meditation had such a profound effect on my productivity because it allowed me to slow down enough so that I could[…]

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220/365 In the right spot

If you plant the right seed in the right spot, it will grow without further coaxing. I believe this is the best metaphor for creating habits. The “right seed” is the tiny behavior that you choose. The “right spot” is the sequencing — what it comes after. The “coaxing” part[…]

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219/365 Performance doesn’t matter

In the beginning, performance doesn’t matter. What does matter is becoming the type of person who always sticks to your new habit – no matter how small or insignificant it seems. You can build up to the level of performance that you want once the behavior becomes consistent. From “Transform[…]

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