Article Reflection #1

As most people know, I read lots of articles and get very inspired. Inspired to implement (usually don’t), and inspired to share (not enough people I can bug about or share to). But hey, I have this blog! What I’ve read in the last few days…

1) We have been trained to read a book cover to cover, but that doesn’t have to be the rule. It’s probably still a good idea if it’s a fiction or story to really make sense of it, but for nonfictions, this article suggested browsing the table of contents and reading the parts that truly interest the reader. More importantly, spend time to summarize or reflect on that selected part and decide how to use that piece of new knowledge and draw an action plan from it.

2) One of my new favorite site is from James Clear. He has linked many productivity/procrastination hacks to science analogies, physics and science, and it totally resonates with the science brain of mine. Newton laws of physics, activation energy. And accounting too, time assets vs. time debts. Makes lot of sense, debit and credits are just firing through my brain each time I commit or complete a task.

3) After years of multitasking being able to achieve more, there seems to be a swing back for being focused on one task at a time, short intervals of absolute focus, to achieve more. I quite like the idea of pomodoro, 25 min, and setting how many sets to do in a week, and then being flexible around when to achieve that. I had a similar app at one time where there’s a timer for 25 min of work, 5 min break, and then 3 sets before a 15 min break. It was too intensive and hard to get back to it because 5 min break really isnt’t enough, miss the timer and don’t go back to it. I think this goal of # of pomodoro would work well, because it’s concrete and flexible. It probably works better with my illogically logical arrangement of time.

4) Systems of Failure. This is the article I just finished reading. It breaks down failure to a failure of tactics, strategy, or vision. I think I knew bits and pieces of it before, but this article really put it together with what type of solutions for the respective type of failure. I think this is something applicable to me right now, although I don’t have the brain power to think and analyze through it right now. Good exercise when I’m in a better headspace, another time debt….

I feel a lot better after typing this. I’m slowly moving pass the excitement and urge it’s cool and need to share, but internalizing it and finding ways to actually use it and improve my life. I titled this #1, hoping I will do this more often but no promises, we all know how restart and re-restart went.

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