I’m reading through four books simultaneously. One nugget at a time. These four books are packed with insight on time management, creativity and doing honorable work.
Here are weekly quotes from each of the books along with some added thoughts. Enjoy and chime in with your perspective.
Manage Your Day-to-Day
“The demand in our lives increasingly exceeds our capacity.”
Instead of making life easier, technology has simply increased our ability to get more done. Rather than realizing the efficiency gains of a given level of output we treat our lives like machines and add more output. This hurried pace leads to the false belief that sacrificing sleep increases productivity. Regular sleep (7-8 hours) actually makes us insanely more efficient.
We cannot do every thing. Rather we must prioritize the demands on our lives. Deciding to do some things and not to do others. Real productivity is getting the right stuff done.
I’m struggling with this as I try to find a balance between family, work, and side projects while still rising early to workout. A 4-5 hour sleep schedule isn’t sustainable anymore.
Do you get enough rest?
The War of Art
“Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalize.”
Uh, I hate this one. I feel like the master of procrastination. I should write about that more tomorrow.
See what I did there?
We never wake up and think, “I’m going to sabotage my life long dream today and never write/sing/paint/play/speak”. No, instead we make up excuses and think, “I’ll start tomorrow.”
I’m driven to distraction and find it so easy to think “later” is the best time to focus on a task I really care about. Procrastination is the biggest hurdle to progress. No joke. It’s not lack of money, time or ideas. It all circles back around to self-discipline.
What do you keep putting off?
“Becoming a pro, in the end, is nothing grander than growing up.”
Turning 30 is one of those milestone birthdays that makes you realize high school kids think you’re old. The older I get the more it becomes clear how immature I was the year before. Growing up is a journey. We’re not really “done” until we’re dead. Along the road every success and failure holds lessons we can look back on.
The trick is to remember the lessons we learn as we reach for the next star. To avoid repeating the same juvenile mistakes the next time.
How have you matured in your career, craft or relationships this year?
The Warrior Ethos
“Courage – in particular, stalwartness in the face of death – must be considered the foremost warrior virtue.”
Failure is inevitable. The fear of failure has crippled many an artist from even trying in the first place. Those who face Resistance and endure through failure are rewarded with the opportunity to try again.
There is honor in failing well. There is no honor doing nothing.
When has failure taught you more than success?