7 Point Saturday 1/4/20

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The first 7 Point posting of the new year. Welcome. Hope you liked the “best of” from last week. Thought I would do it in reverse with this Saturday’s posting. Here’s what I dug into this past week with my reading and learning on goals and resolutions to kick off our new year together. Enjoy!

  1. Time boxing over task lists? Yup. Better for you and more productive. Here’s one writer’s reasoning why it works here: https://hbr.org/2018/12/how-timeboxing-works-and-why-it-will-make-you-more-productive?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=mtod_notactsubs
  2. We’re mostly all probably in full on resolution mode for 2020 just trying to make day 4 work today. Keep the streak alive! Why is it so hard though? We think passion a lot of times is something discovered when it really is something we should work on developing. Here’s the thought here: https://hbr.org/2019/10/3-reasons-its-so-hard-to-follow-your-passion
  3. Speaking of resolutions the simpler the resolution and the less “listy” packed you make it, the more likely you are going to keep it. Think 2020 in one sentence. The more lists and number of resolutions you’re trying to create, the harder it becomes to manage and keep them. One sentence also allows you to create a really healthy system around it. Think of it as your cornerstone for the healthy habits you want to create as your system as you build into your year.
  4. What about to-do lists? Maybe we should be focused on “don’t lists” like Adam Grant talks about in this TED cast. “To Don’t Lists” are those things that we want to shed from our life so we can be happier in the spaces we work or play in. Check it out here: https://adamgrant.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a63d6b9b98ca61bee8d6e4953&id=5e35ce1c8c&e=ccf02ee6b5
  5. With resolutions we can trap ourselves into burn out super easy. A busy life is in no way a full life. But, we believe it is. Then we end up in this space of stagnation and disappointment as we drop the resolution 30 days later. Here’s three simple questions from Leadership Freak that can help fight that stagnation: https://leadershipfreak.blog/2019/12/27/two-questions-that-invent-the-future-and-defeat-stagnation/
  6. What’s a simplification month? I read this article and I believe it to be a perfect match to go with the one in #5 above. There’s a lot to be said about being able to accomplish something that is in its simplest state. Check it out: https://www.strategy-business.com/_awc_ob_click?h=uggcf%3A//jjj.fgengrtl-ohfvarff.pbz/oybt/Fgneg-gur-Arj-Lrne-jvgu-n-fvzcyvsvpngvba-zbagu%3Ftxb%3Ds881n%26hgz_fbhepr%3Dvgj%26hgz_zrqvhz%3Dvgj20200102%26hgz_pnzcnvta%3Derfc&i=42432674&u=31304897&k=45d0ca
  7. Make sure with all that said above, you’re giving yourself some time. At least 5 hours a week or an hour a day to read, reflect , and experiment with what you learned from your day. Keeps you on your toes. Make a career out of it as your true side hustle. Become a polymath. Check out the how here: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/317602

Hope you enjoyed the listing above. Welcome to 2020! Have a great weekend!

✌🏻 Shawn

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