Weekly Wisdom Newsletter #39

Published Date: Sunday, July 21, 2019


Hi All!


This week's newsletter is focused on productivity. Here are this week's chosen learning points:

  1. Distractions: It actually days 20 minutes to deal with a "quick distraction" (like an email) and then to come back to your task and get back into your previous focus. (Source)

  2. Goal Setting: Instead of having daily goals that are unrelated to adjacent days, we should have 1 big weekly goal and ~3 daily steps towards that weekly goal. (Source)

  3. Brainstorming: "The goal [of brainstorming] isn't to get good ideas. The goal is to get bad ideas because once you have enough bad ideas, then some good ones have to show up." -Seth Godin


Here are this week's recommended actions:

  1. When doing work that requires focus, prevent or ignore distractions like email and phone notifications until you are ready for a break or finished.

  2. Set 1 big goal for the week and daily steps or sub-goals.

  3. If there's a question/problem you're trying to solve, get paper and write down as many ideas as you can think of. The goal is quantity not quality. Eventually, you should get some good ideas.


If you think someone else would find this newsletter useful, please forward it to them. Thanks, and have a wonderful week ahead!

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