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.
We're more virtually connected than ever before. Yet, we seem to be more disconnected from one another than any former civilization. We've created shallow ways of communication (say, email or instant messages) which generate a false sense of connection. It's harder to connect in deep ways with our closest friends—where a brief walk, talking on the phone, or a video conference may suffice. But, surprisingly, we spend a huge amount of time learning about random details from the trendiest influencers that we don't even know from our closest friends (but probably should).
- "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."
- Daniel Natoli from Peripheria Films. [2:41]
- Sisyphus. [2:52]
- Make a copy of this template to create your own habit tracker. [5:57]
- Oak for iOS by Kevin Rose - "An app for the self-experimenter." [10:40]
- Adam Menges. [10:45]
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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