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268/365 Life is so serious

I realize there are difficult things I need to do in this world, but I can’t do them without an inner happiness to rely on. Life is so serious that it necessitates joy and fun. I hope that makes sense. From “Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness[…]

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267/365 A man’s past

Fate will dole out the remainder of a man’s time as she chooses. A man’s past is forever set in stone. From “On The Shortness Of Life: De Brevitate Vitae” by Seneca

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266/365 Incomplete

There are always tasks left incomplete. The idea that you can ever reach a point where all your obligations are handled is a fantasy. From “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport

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265/365 Huge costs

Unnecessary alerts may not cost you a ton of time, but they cost you a ton of attention: every time you receive an alert for a new email, text message, Twitter mention, or Facebook notification, your attention is instantly hijacked, and this has huge productivity costs, particularly when you’re working[…]

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264/365 Fire together, wire together

“Neurons that fire together wire together,” as psychologist Donald Hebb neatly put it back in the 1940s. The brain is plastic, constantly resculpting its circuitry as we go through our day. Whatever we are doing, as we do it our brain strengthens some circuits and not others. From “Focus: The[…]

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263/365 Divided

The problem this research identifies with this work strategy is that when you switch from some Task A to another Task B, your attention doesn’t immediately follow—a residue of your attention remains stuck thinking about the original task. This residue gets especially thick if your work on Task A was[…]

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262/365 Rising above it

Mingyur Rinpoche has a poetic metaphor for describing it, he says the moment you can see a raging river, it means you are already rising above it. Similarly, the moment you can see an emotion, you are no longer fully engulfed in it. From “Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path[…]

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261/365 Not a series of accidents

If you think in terms of the present and future instead, you might encounter an intuition lurking in the back of your mind, as it was in mine: if you could just stay focused on the right things, your life would stop feeling like a reaction to stuff that happens[…]

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260/365 The meaning of life is meaning

In this sense the answer to the old riddle “What is the meaning of life?” turns out to be astonishingly simple. The meaning of life is meaning: whatever it is, wherever it comes from, a unified purpose is what gives meaning to life. From “Flow: The Psychology of Happiness” by[…]

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