The Tortoise and Rabbit Inside You

One of Aesop's fables is about the race between the tortoise and the rabbit.

In life, we have both inside us. One urges you to go fast; the other to go slow, but steady. Sprinting at times is good, but we should not think we can always rely on our speed as we will burn out. We achieve more by making a little progress every day.

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Time Management

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Working at Night

There is an inverse correlation between the number of hours we work and the effects it has on our lives.

Studies point out that 40% of people are working at night (after 10 PM.) The same studies show that knowledge workers are only productive for 2 hours and 48 minutes a day (working on their most important tasks).

  • Turn off work devices before 10 PM and tuck them away. It is about making it difficult for yourself to work.
  • Put books everywhere in your house. Make it harder to work at night and easier to read.
  • Use sleep mode, if this option is available to you. Since most of us want our phones available for emergencies, use sleep mode on; it locks your screen and doesn't display any notifications.

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The Munger Technique

*Just like compound interest multiples one’s savings, improving one’s mind daily, during the best hour of the day, multiplies one’s mental compounding interest.

This ‘mental’ compounding interest advice comes from investor Charlie Munger, in his book University of Berkshire Hathaway.

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It doesn't really matter what you did yesterday. Stop bringing yesterday in today and focus on living in the present moment.

Many apps today from habits to heallth to meditation have track "streaks". Its aim is to encourage us to make continuous progress by showing us how many consecutive days we've done that thing. Streaks can backfire all the time because once we've messed up our "20-day streak" we get unmotivated and less likely to repeat the habit again.

Becoming a better writer

You can become a better writer by simply becoming more aware of your surroundings.

Writing is mostly strategy. And a big part of writing strategy lies in listening.

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