Topics: Morning Pages, Developing a Growth Mindset, Gratitude, Managing Email, Deep Work, Persuasion
BY HENDRIK MUSEKAMP
Photo by Thomas Martinsen
Hi all! It’s Friday. Hence, here is your weekly dose of hmx-weekly, a list of what I’m enjoying, pondering, or working on. Enjoy.
I’ve come across morning pages via the artist’s way. Basically morning pages are a written mindfulness exercise:
“They might also, more ingloriously, be called brain drain, since that’s one of their main functions. […] Three pages of whatever crosses your mind—that’s all there is to it. If you can’t think of anything to write, then write, “I can’t think of anything to write. . . .” Do this until you have filled three pages. Do anything until you have filled three pages.”
In essence you allow your mind to do it’s thing, which might include a lot of judging, yearning, and crying. You just monitor, and put it on paper. The idea is to realize your normal operating mode. I’ve only done this for a few times, but the following makes me curious:
“It is very difficult to complain about a situation morning after morning, month after month, without being moved to constructive action. The pages lead us out of despair and into undreamed-of solutions.”
THE LAWS OF LIFETIME GROWTH…
…Always Make Your Future Bigger than Your Past
Wondered how to develop to a growth mindset? This book by Dan Sullivan, founder of strategiccoach, gives detailed and simple exercises. It’s a very short book, short audio book in my case. Love the exercises. Here’s one example concerning Law Five – always make your gratitude greater, that your success:
“Write down what you’re grateful for. A common, and always effective, way to focus your attitude on gratitude is to write down five or ten things you’re grateful for every day. You can practice proactive, creative gratitude when you do this and include people, events, and circumstances you just appreciate for their own sake, as well as those that have directly benefited you in some way.”
My inbox exploded this week. Unroll.me once again is the sanity-saver.
NEED TO GET MORE DEEP WORK DONE?
This is Ryan Holiday on “31 way to get more deep work accomplished“. Especially, I liked these points:
- “Don’t let systems get in the way of just fucking working. This is controversial but I would say there is probably an inverse correlation between meticulously organized Evernote accounts and doing a lot of deep work. Over-organizing can be a kind of distraction.”
- “Big intimidating projects should be broken down into several discrete tasks on which you can focus completely and have individually visible horizons or completion points (just like you might break a workout up into sets and reps).”
- “If you are slowing down, take a walk. Walking helps you think.”
- “Routine matters. Develop one and stick to it.”
- “Make a clear distinction between the “research” phase of work and the “creation” phase of work. Trying to do both at the same time—researching while you write, for example—is usually a recipe for doing both poorly.”
THREE ARTICLES ON PERSUASION
These are to be used responsibly.
- To tell someone they’re wrong first tell them how they’re right
- Ready to sell
- Want to be more persuasive? Science says do these 6 things
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