Daily Wisdom

  • In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. – R.G. Ingersoll
  • Have constant reminders/cues (what's important, dreams/expectations)
  • Use motivators (music, dreams/aspirations, good and bad)
  • Use structure/schedule
  • Maintain the same routine, regardless of schedule. Adjust only what is necessary.
  • Prioritize (short-term as well as long-term)
  • Maintain focus/single-tasking
  • Remove/prevent distractions
  • Track tasks done/accomplishments
  • Work vs ‘doing stuff'
  • Look ahead, look back
  • Tackle difficult tasks/situations
  • Appropriate assertiveness
  • Time-limit side treks (eating, news, exploration, entertainment, breaks)
  • Don't worry about things, do things
  • Budget marketing (time, money)
  • Budget professional development (time, money)
  • Reduce discomfort through familiarity/repetition/exposure
  • Set goals to ‘good enough'/iterative development
  • Review lessons learned periodically to solidify/refresh them
  • Take small steps
  • Don't get emotionally overloaded
  • Prioritize tasks that are sliding
  • Don't pick apart a good idea, pursue it
  • Treat failures as false starts & learning experiences (training exercises)
  • Music on 5 minutes before up/downtime (music as motivator)
  • Use caffeine to maintain alertness and focus. If it's too late in the day for caffeine, GO TO BED.
  • Just START WORKING
  • Maintain an appropriate sense of urgency (but avoid panic and burnout)
  • Take regular stretch breaks (1 minute per 15)
  • End work based on bedtime, not time of day
  • Use zazen (shikantaza) to overcome ‘scattered thoughts' (too many thoughts or anxious thoughts)
  • Don't focus on how little time you have, but on what you can get done in the time you have.
  • If you don't want to do something, DO it and get it out of the way.
  • Start with the MOST IMPORTANT TASK of the day. Everything else can wait.
  • Risk and uncertainty are normal parts of life. Manage them effectively.
  • A life is built one thought, one choice, one action at a time.
  • Start the day with an unpleasant task, to get it out of the way (‘eat the frog').
  • #1 underlying principle: Be proactive (and thereby stay in control).
  • My primary motivator is: Responsibility (reactive)
  • Be yourself. Do your thing.
  • Program a ‘computer-free day' per week.
  • Use habits to: Reduce processing overhead, Simplify things, Reduce chances for getting off-track, Reduce ability of subconscious to derail
  • Don't allow a slipped schedule to be an excuse for avoiding things.
  • When projects are slipping, focus exclusively on blockers. Everything else can wait.
  • ‘Do very few things, but be awesome at them.'
  • ‘Do less shallow work — focus on the deep stuff.'
  • Create your own stability.
  • You can be successful without being happy (i.e., you don't need to be happy in order to be successful; you can still be successful even if you aren't able to be happy).
  • Focus on what you are responsible for.
  • To avoid binging something, limit yourself to one unit per day; if appropriate, follow it with something (anything) else
  • For video entertainment, set a goal of ‘saving' before the end/climacs (preemptive pause); don't get hooked to continue to the next unit (level, show, etc.)
  • You don't need to feel good all the time (i.e., even if you don't feel good, keep moving forward).
  • When you feel overwhelmed, pick ONE THING to focus on, ignore everything else; then when that's done, pick ONE THING….
  • Don't ‘chain' tasks if it causes the whole chain to be put off; do what you can NOW and worry about the rest later
  • If you can't do everything that needs to be done, do SOMETHING (could be a small piece of ‘everything', or just one more-manageable task)
  • I don't need to feel good to do daily things.
  • You can't make up for lost time; make the best of what you have (left).
  • Work is life (life requires work).
  • Don't focus on what's wrong, but on what can be done to make things better.
  • 3..2..1 (countdown, then just do it)
  • Eat the frog!