I've become unproductive. Here's the thing with motivation, it comes and goes. What i've always tried to do is build good habits instead.
🙋🏻♂️ Hi all!
It's been some time since my last newsletter or blog post. In fact, the last monthly misc was on 28th March, and my last blog post was when I uploaded my last youtube review of the Day One app. The truth is that i've just lost the motivation to keep the blog updated. And the same applies to the YouTube side of things. It's a lot of effort, not just creating things but the planning side is arguably much more difficult (at least for me) and more time consuming.
I've become unproductive.
Here's the thing with motivation, it comes and goes. What i've always tried to do is build good habits instead. For example, taking time in the evenings to read articles and to save them so I can add to the monthly misc. But i've lost my way with these habits too. I've even lost discipline with my personal task manager (Things 3) and keep rolling due dates forward rather than actually getting things done. Meh!
It's a difficult place to find yourself in. On one hand, you know there are things you could be doing and probably should be doing. But on the other hand, you really just can't be arsed!
So what am I going to do to pick myself out of this slump I find myself in? Well I think the best place to start for me personally is to review my goals. What is it that I actually want to be doing and working towards? That should help me 'reset' myself. I'll then review my projects in Notion and Things 3, and see what good habits I can rebuild.
Writing this post is a good start!
🧐 Musing Of The Month
In line with how i'm feeling, I'm going to recycle something from Ali Abdaal's newsletters...(I can't find a link sorry!)
📈 "Success is about building a set of daily practices, it is about growth without goals. Continuous, habitual practice(s) trumps achievement-based success."
💡 It's a recurring idea that's popped up in tons of places, including James Clear's Atomic Habits. Growth and success based on habits and process is more sustainable than growth based on goals, both for your own happiness and for your long term persistence.
✅ I think that simply checking a few things off each day, based on what you're confident will compound into long term success, is a highly reliable means of achieving things you wouldn't expect over multiple years. The big challenge is figuring out what should go on that checklist, and how you can make sure that happens on a daily basis.
Patrick includes a few of his:
- No complaining
- 100 push ups
- No sugar
- Write 500 words
- Don’t eat until noon (intermittent fasting)
- Spend time in the woods (running or hiking)
- Family Time
- Level Up
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