With the sudden shock of working remotely (and even before), my life was spiraling out of control. As I found myself chasing to-dos, I remembered this line from Greg McKeown's Essentialism:
If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.
Easily in my top 10 of must-reads, the book is powerful in its simplicity. Needing to refocus, I wrote about three of the big ideas through application in my own life.
1. Reinforce Boundaries
2. Re-Examine Reality
3. Routine Things Routinely
Read the post here and share your thoughts.
(Out of curiousity, should I include the whole post or a link?)
As I was writing my article, I came across a related article, "Why willpower is overrated."
During a 2011 study in Germany, participants were issued Blackberrys and randomly questioned throughout the week about their desires, temptations, and self-control at that moment in time. The people who said they excelled at self-control actually faced fewer temptations throughout the study.
To put it more simply: The people who said they excelled at self-control were hardly using it at all.
An additional study found the most successful students were not the greatest at exerting self-control (which is exhausting), but those who experienced the fewest temptations.
Those participants also enjoyed eating healthy, studying, and exercising and had habits supporting those activities.
This article pairs nicely with Essentialism as we examine how our routines and environment are critical in setting us up for success.
How can we reduce the number of temptations in our own lives?
The Next Great Storyteller
I finished a writing course last month. The best part was meeting all the great up-and-coming writers. Every Tuesday, I now find myself looking forward to Transparent Tuesdays by Charlie Bleaker.
Charlie is an expectant mother with a great sense of humor as she examines her own life while trying to figure out how to be the best parent she can be.
Here's a preview from today's newsletter -- a momentary interruption to the monotony of the COVID-life:
Later that night, there’s a frog in my toilet. It catches me quite by surprise, like when I recently discovered a container of leftover asparagus in the cabinet instead of the fridge where it belonged (pregnancy brain?).
It was late - Sam was asleep - and I didn’t know what to do. I Googled it. Apparently, frogs can sometimes find their way up your pipes and into your toilet bowl. The little green guy was sitting partially in the water, looking perfectly content. I tried to flush him. Twice. I figured if he came up that way he could go down that way, but his little suctioned feet weren’t budging.
She also reflects on "The Last Dance," the ESPN documentary filmed during Michael Jordan's last championship series:
What if Jordan felt nurtured and encouraged in his own game? Maybe he wouldn’t be the greatest basketball player of all time. Or maybe he would be the greatest basketball player of all time WITHOUT a chip on his shoulder.
It's an interesting question and worth the read.
Quote of the Week
“When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.”
- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
Until next week, God bless -- stay safe, sane, and intentional.