A Year of Transformation
Do Less, Better.

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What I've learned and what's changed over the past year, and new habits that seem to be here to stick with me for years to come, from meditation and writing and sketching habits to projects I've done and books I've read.

Favorite Quotes

  • "It's super fast to write 200 words. What's hard is for those words to communicate something meaningful and work as part of a story worth listening."
  • "I've reinforced the feeling that gritty people get more out of whatever it is they do in life. Effort and perseverance win the long-term game."
  • "The important part is creating a consistent and persistent habit first then focus on improving my skills."


Books I've Read

  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
  • Grit by Angela Duckworth
  • When by Daniel Pink
  • 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman

Books I'd Like to Read

  • The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt.
  • Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
  • Solitude by Michael Harris
  • How to Speak Machine by John Maeda
  • Awareness by Anthony de Mello
  • Originals by Adam Grant.

A Year of Transformation

  • Intro. [0:40]
  • Podcast. [2:08]
  • Sketches newsletter. [2:23]
  • Sisyphus. [2:35]
  • Books I've read. [2:59]
  • What's an atomic habit? [3:47]
  • On maintaining habits. [5:52]
  • My habits. [7:00]
  • Sketching. [7:18]
  • Writing. [8:44]
  • Meditating. [9:44]
  • The habit series. [11:20]
  • Being gritty. [11:40]
  • On digital minimalism. [12:08]
  • On re-thinking your time strategy. [13:38]
  • Call to action. [14:16]
  • Wrap up. [15:28]

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Theme song Sleep by Steve Combs, under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US.

February 6, 2020