Topics: Klarheit, Jerks & Success, Forming Habits, Keeping Priorities, more
BY HENDRIK MUSEKAMP
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 failed with different approaches to organize and plan tasks, etc.. I tried GTD for a while and kept failing to implement it properly. Hence, I looked for a leaner process and found Klarheit, which is calendar and coach. Klarheit offers a coaching part, asking question for you to orientate, and organize. Moreover it allows for weekly and monthly reviews to reflect on what worked, what didn’t, and see progress. There’s a english and a german version.
DO YOU HAVE TO BE A JERK TO BE SUCCESSFUL?
Ryan Holiday answers that question on observer.com. Spoiler:
When, as the football coach Bill Walsh explained, “self-confidence becomes arrogance, assertiveness becomes obstinacy, and self-assurance becomes reckless abandon.” It is this belief in our own greatness or specialness that can undo our creative abilities. […]
And yet, we hold onto the vestige of the idea that ego is something worth retaining. We tell ourselves that we need a certain brashness to succeed, why? Fear. Pursuing great work—whether it is in sports or art or business—is often terrifying. Ego soothes that fear. It’s a salve to that insecurity. Replacing the rational and aware parts of our psyche with bluster and self-absorption, ego tells us what we want to hear, when we want to hear it.
ON HABIT FORMATION
How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit? On many occasions you hear people struggling with making healthy habits stick. One major question is how long it actually takes to form a habit. You often hear about a 21 day rule, and I’m pretty happy James Clear rectifies that statement, backed by science. This article triggered some research of mine. Making health habitual describes a simple and effective way to internalize new endeavours: “repeat a chosen behaviour in the same context, until it becomes automatic and effortless”. On average it takes 66 days for a habit to become automatic. There’s a catch. For larger habits, such as dietary changes this takes way longer. Along the lines, one might want to start with e.g. breakfast only, create automation and move on to the next piece of the puzzle.
JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD
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But that doesn’t require you to change your priorities, to exchange the important for the urgent.
– by Seth Godin
“Fortune doesn’t have the long reach we suppose, she can only lay siege to those who hold her tight. So, let’s step back from her as much as possible.”
– Seneca, Moral Letters
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