Energy Vs Time

Time management is less important than energy management. Spend your best energy on your most important work, and everything else will follow.

The key isn’t to have some huge long term plan but to rather know the next vital few things you need to do to hit the goal you want to accomplish.

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Getting Results the Agile Way

Getting Results the Agile Way

by J. D. Meier

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An Agile Life

An agile life is one that can easily respond to change. Where you’re not overly constrained by rigid planning, but can rather adapt and get things done in a way that fits your goals and the constant randomness of life.

  • Don’t set static rigid goals, keep testing and adjusting as you go.
  • Don’t keep trying to fix your weaknesses, play to your strengths instead.

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Three mindsets to make your life better:

  1. Abundance mindset
  2. Positive mindset
  3. Growth mindset
  • Self-discipline is a muscle that gets stronger the more you use it.
  • Focus on efforts, not outcomes.
  • You can control your inputs, but you can’t completely control the results. 
  • The score will take care of itself.

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Focus on 3 goals for the day, week, month, year. Make them feed up from one to the next, and work them down when setting new ones. So the day goals fit the week goals, etc. Adjust as necessary.

Carve out a chunk of your life force for making improvements and leading the life you want to live.

The more you get in the habit of making time for what’s most important, the more you’ll get great results.

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The Top five productivity pitfalls are:

  1. Analysis paralysis
  2. Do it when you feel like it
  3. Don’t know the work to be done
  4. Lack of boundaries
  5. Perfectionism

If you have motivation without technique, you’re just a motivated idiot. If you have great technique, but no motivation, you won’t accomplish anything. But if you have motivation and technique, you can produce great results.

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  • Do the worst things first. Sometimes they’re the most important, and then you won’t dread them all day.
  • Find your “power hours” and focus on getting more of them in your day (see Deep Work).
  • Create a shutdown routine for the end of your day to help yourself unwind and get out of the work mindset.
  • Inspiration follows starting, don’t wait for inspiration to strike, just get to work and it will frequently follow.
  • When you do anything repeatedly, create a checklist for it to quickly move through it in the future (or to give to someone else).

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  • Don’t base your day on what you didn’t get done in the past. Base it on what you want to accomplish now, what will have the biggest impact now.
  • Set a weekly reflection for what went well, what didn’t, what you got done, what you want to do in the future.
  • Taking action is the best cure for analysis paralysis.

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Know what you care about most, your “hot spots” in personal life and work life. Prioritize those over everything else, see how your time fits into those hot spots.

If you don’t set maximums and minimums on how you apply time to different areas, someone will for you. Put a maximum on career, a minimum on personal. If you’re not driving your day and time, then someone else will.

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When you fix your time, you’ll have more energy and sprint better. With an end in sight, we can push ourselves, when work is endless it becomes much harder to put in our best effort.

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What is happiness?

We all have our ideas about happiness and how to achieve happiness. 

The main question is: Is it short term happiness? Or is it long term fulfillment?

Of course, we can enjoy the finer things in life, however, we should not forget long term happiness and fulfillment. 

We will discuss what real happiness meant to the Stoics and how they were able to lead fulfilling lives and achieve long term happiness.

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What is the definition of happiness? The four Stoic Virtues

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Actually deserving the raise
"If you were to leave your company tomorrow, would there be any meaningful disruption to the business? If the answer is no, you don't have any leverage to get a raise." -- Jason Nazar

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A 30-step plan to getting the raise you deserve

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Agile leadership

Focuses on fast decision making, short-term goals, and the empowerment of individuals

And it has expanded to include general leadership skills like acting on a shared vision, leading change, and sharing decision-making.

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Be an Agile Leader

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