These are fantastic suggestions from Amir Salihefendić. It does take a bit more intention to maintain a good async culture, but the end-result and side benefits are worth it. My team is “partially async” in that we have an office space and have most of our meetings in person, but we treat all communication as if we were remote. (see also: Nathan Barry’s remote team tips.)
When you begin a new habit and you’ve started taking action, only commit to it for 30 days or so. And then commit for another 30 days. Then commit for 90 days. Then commit for 6 months.
At first it’ll be fun. But then it will be hard and mundane.
If you start out by committing to do something for the rest of your life you’ll never make it. And how many people can say they woke up at 5:00 am every day for their entire life? Seasons change, needs change, things change, you change. So your daily habits will change, too, and that’s okay.
Start with something you know you can do. And then do it again. And again. Not only is this more realistic, it also is a way to build up trust with yourself. You will feel confident deciding to get up early every day for the next six months because you already did it for 30-days in a row.
When you’re feeling the pain of overwhelm, first, pause and listen to it because there can be two reasons for the stress you feel.
- It may be that life is saying you need breathing room.
- Or, sometimes that feeling of overwhelm is because you’re in a season of transition — you’re close to a breakthrough.
When it’s the latter and you’re on the verge of a breakthrough — you need help and the perseverance to press through.
There is a difference between worry and preparedness. You cannot be fully prepared for anything. So do your best to prepare and mitigate your risks, but then move on. Consider the risks and then live your life.
Successful people are quick to make a decision and slow to change their minds. (They get results and feedback before making new decisions.) Unsuccessful people never get traction because they are slow to make a decision and then quick to change their minds (often based on emotions).
Dual focus is trying to do two things at once and thereby limiting yourself from doing either well.
Here are a few ideas for how to avoid dual focus:
- Break a project down into smaller steps that feel manageable, then do one step at a time
- Use this Show Up Every Day Worksheet to set your focused intention.
- If you’re using a computer, close all the apps besides the ones you need for completing the task at hand.
- Time Block your day.
- If you feel stuck, ask yourself if you’re trying to tackle more than one task. If this is true, isolate the one that has the least complexity and start there.
A few years ago I was in Nashville at the Tribe conference for writers and creators, and I took a ton of notes. They’re posted online for you to glean from here.
“Tap into your own craziness.”
Capture and organize things in such a way that you will be able to use those notes and ideas, not just feel good about having captured or organized them. Otherwise, just enjoy what you read and learn and keep on going.
“The inability of leaders to focus is a problem of epidemic proportions.” — 4DX
These guys have become my favorite coffee roaster (I get beans delivered weekly via my Crema subscription). And they’ve got an Advent Calendar with 24 mini coffee bags — one for each day in December leading up to Christmas.
Lots of power-user features are now part of Apple’s mail app. The one I’m honestly most happy about is the improvements to search. (One of the big components of our Calm Inbox system is the importance of using searching instead of sorting to find past emails.)
And, speaking of email, here are my own, personal top-3 tips for making your iPhone Email app more focused.
If you’re feeling suck on a task or project, ask yourself: What would this task / project look like if it were easy?