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๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ข๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป

Updated: Jan 18, 2021

๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐Ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง โ€“ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐Ÿ: ๐๐ก๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก Here are my commitments for Personal Optimization combined with insights from others. ๐‘†๐‘™๐‘’๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘€๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ โ€“ Getting less than 7.5 hours sleep each night can limit performance and ultimately cost more time than working tiredly. This is tough, but Iโ€™ve adjusted my schedule. ๐ธ๐‘ฅ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐ต๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ โ€“ Emphasizing more trips outside and focusing on realistic efforts versus othersโ€™ expectations. Iโ€™m looking at a mornings working up a sweat and afternoon walks while enjoying a podcast. ๐ธ๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐ป๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘  โ€“ My goal is eating less meat and fasting for 16 hours four times a week. I know someone who switched to vegetarian recently and swears itโ€™s helped him to lose weight and feel great. ๐ท๐‘œ๐‘๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘‰๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘ก โ€“ This year has been such a reaction to COVID-19 that I need to check on everything else now. ๐ต๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” โ€“ I want to learn if controlling my breathing better has a positive impact. (Iโ€™ll discuss meditation in another post.)

๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐Ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง โ€“ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐Ÿ: ๐๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ Here are my commitments for the new year combined with some insights from others. These posts will cover Physical Health (yesterday), Productivity, and Mental Health. ๐‘ƒ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐น๐‘œ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘  โ€“ Planning my day the night before and the week ahead on Sundays. Setting one goal and three priorities each day, then blocking the time to achieve them. ๐ท๐‘’๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘Š๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘˜ โ€“ To really focus on a project, I will power OFF my smartphone for a set period. Take weekend breaks quarterly to reflect on many personal and business goals. I must regularly remind myself to work smarter, not longer. ๐‘ˆ๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘๐‘ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘๐‘’ โ€“ While I love learning, the distractions from newsletters and blogs are a huge burden, so I've cut many. With Slack and social media, I'll only check once a day. ๐‘๐‘’๐‘ค ๐ธ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘™ โ€“ Several people advocated Superhuman for email. Iโ€™m testing now but it may not be right for me. ๐‘‰๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐ด๐‘ ๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก โ€“ You want to outsource parts of your life which are time consuming but not personally defining or enriching. Iโ€™m still deciding how to best engage a VA.

Here are my commitments for the new year combined with some insights from others. Recent posts on Physical Health and Productivity are linked in the comments.

๐‘€๐‘’๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘’ ๐ท๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘™๐‘ฆ โ€“ Meditating 5-10 minutes daily has been a long experiment. I'm horrible at it. Yet when I skip, I feel a lack of agency and frustration that day, so I'll keep at it.

๐‘๐‘’๐‘ค๐‘  ๐น๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘ก โ€“ The news requires negative, polarizing stories to drive advertising. To stop that cycle from impacting me, I cut out news. If something is critical, I'll hear and can learn more.

๐ถ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ ๐ถ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘™ โ€“ I remain hawkish on my calendar, first blocking time for my familyโ€™s needs and then work. Time reserved for long-term projects can shift but not delete.

โ€œ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘œ ๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘ โ€ โ€“ Through tough times, we can remind ourselves that we persevered through all our past struggles, and often become stronger and smarter.

๐‘…๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘’๐‘ฅ๐‘๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘  - Jerry Seinfeld says of 2020, โ€œsurvival is the new successโ€. The number of unexpected changes has been exhausting. I need to keep celebrating resilience.

Hopefully, at least one tip helps you too.


Photo is from Bryce Canyon National Park.

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