Where Are Your Standards? 🧐 How your habits will save you from surprises life throws you.

My life consisted of brain dump lists, boxes and new furniture this week. Exciting times ahead 🙂

 

It’s a short one today.

Today in 5 minutes or less, you’ll learn:

✔️ Why maintaining habits is crucial

✔️ How to find your values and characters

✔️ Real productivity

Doable ideas 💭

You won’t always get what you strive for, but you will definitely get what you settle for. You won’t magically outperform your standards.
– James Clear

What is your “bare minimum”?

 

Standards = systems = habits.

 

Amid moving house, demanding jobs, fluctuating hormones and just life in general, I still managed to work out 4x last week, get around 7 hours of sleep each night, meal prep and maintain work performance.

 

All because I have habits in place, and a good system to track them (a.k.a. my weekly review).

 

I’m not sacrificing my health. That’s my standard.

 

How do you define your bare minimum in your career, health and relationships?

 

How do you show up on rainy days?

Reflections 🪞

How do you think others see you when they meet you for the first time?

Mindfulness 🧘🏻‍♀️

Prioritisation before Productivity.

 

One of the “hacks” that worked for me is to figure out the internal body clock:

 

Daniel Pink, the author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, talked about how we can better manage our time and energy by understanding our internal clock.

 

If you have been tracking your schedule, you might have found patterns of your activities:

  • You might tend to exercise later in the afternoon after a big meal
  • You might be more creative early in the morning
  • You might experience afternoon dip at around 2pm

 

It turns out we all have a “bird” that dictates our internal clock and our alert/down time. Here’s how to find out what “bird” you are:

  1. Mark your general bed time and wake up time, and find the midpoint of your sleep.
  2. If you generally go to bed at 10pm and get up at 6am, your midpoint is 2am.
    • If your midpoint is earlier than 3.30am, you’re a lark
    • If your midpoint is later than 5.30am, you’re an own
    • If your midpoint is somewhere in between, you’re a third bird

 

Schedule your tasks around your corresponding peak time based on task categories:

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Ideas Worth Pondering 🧠

A personal metric: how much of the day is spent doing things out of obligation rather than out of interest?
– Naval Ravikant

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