One right way to do things

One right way to do things

When someone prescribes a specific formula or time limit for an activity, be skeptical. 

Whether it’s exercise, meditation, or other routines, don’t let all-or-nothing thinking deprive you of the benefits of doing something—even for a little while.

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Bad advice

Advice that promises a shortcut or a universal truth is usually bad advice.

Being around positive people

Stop seeking out only positive people and those with similar mindsets. People with a more pessimistic style may teach you lessons about how you want to view the world. They may also be able to see pitfalls and concerns that those with more rose-colored glasses don’t readily see.

Using 'hacks'

Making changes to your life is hard work. There are no shortcuts. 

You can’t just do one simple thing and have your life fall into place.

Trusting the process

Just following a process isn’t enough. If you don’t know your goal and what it’s going to take to get there, no amount of focus on the process is going to be enough.

You need context, measurement, and engagement to truly move the needle on your personal growth and effectiveness.

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Busy time doesn’t bring you closer to your goals, making you feel anxious and unsettled - maximize the productive time.

Time management tips:

  • Apply the Pareto principle. Focus on 20% tasks of the highest value that give 80% of results.
  • Consider the 4Ds technique. When a new interruption shows up, delete, delegate, defer or do it now.
  • Try the 1–3–5 strategy. Commit to 1 big task, 3 medium and 5 small tasks every day.
  • Set agile results: Focus on 3 key results to achieve over a week, month or year.

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Never stop learning

Research shows that people with more education have a greater cognitive reserve and this works as a protection in the face of mental decline.

But there's a twist to it: educated people tend to get Alzheimer's at a later age but once they get it, they're getting it at a higher load of the disease and appear to decline at a faster rate.

Most people fall somewhere between maximiser and satisficer. The perfect mix would be to satisfice most of the time and only maximise a decision when the stakes are high, such as buying a house or choosing a job.

However, after the choice, you have to return to thinking like a satisfice to prevent feeling dissatisfied with your decision.

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