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What Are Your Non-Negotiables? 🙅‍♀️

What Are Your Non-Negotiables? 🙅‍♀️
By Jamie Lim Yin Yin • Issue #21 • View online
Hi friends!
It’s never a dull week at work, and I’ve been constantly trying to plan my time both around work and my personal life. To me, maintaining this balance is crucial because I get REALLY cranky and anxious once I’m not able to get stuff done on time.
To be able to attain that balance, I’ve had to think about what my non-negotiables are.
Non-negotiables are activities or people that I will not compromise on, and will prioritize for the betterment of my mental and physical health.
1) Exercise - when I have not exercised for 2 - 3 days, be prepared to see an extremely cranky, lethargic Jamie. Even if I have a ton of work waiting for me, exercise is still something I will prioritize above anything. Without exercise, I’m not able to function at my best, and I’ll be super low on endorphins (therefore my lousy mood).
Exercise gives you endorphinsEndorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. - Elle Woods, Legally Blonde
The human body is made to move, so once I get my regular exercise in, I’m always ready to take on the world.
2) 7-8 hours of sleep is now also a non-negotiable. I had never prioritized sleep in my life. Everyone used to say that ‘sleep is for the weak’ right? I found that how terribly wrong I was. Check out the article I wrote this week on ‘Sleep: The Underrated Habit to learn more about my experience with sleep.
3) As mentioned in one of my previous newsletters ‘Removing Optionality To Cultivate Discipline, writing my weekly article and newsletter is another non-negotiable. These have to be sent out weekly in a timely manner, whether that means getting up earlier or staying up a little later to spend time on writing - it just has to be done. No compromises.
4) Last but not least - my loved ones. These people are my number 1 non-negotiables. I will drop ANYTHING if I know I need to be there for them. Family first, beyond anything else.
I read this quote in Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown and it stuck with me.
Be selfish with your time, because if you’re not going to prioritize your life, someone else will.
I completely agree with it, and live by this quote now.
What are some of your Non-negotiables? I’d be curious to know. Please reply and share with me what they are!
Till next week!
Jamie

My Favourite Things This Week 💛
Matt is one of my favourite youtubers whom I look up to as well! Really enjoy watching his youtube videos on minimalism, habits, productivity and self-development (pretty much what I’m into). I truly admire his film-making skills and want to emulate his style once I start producing my videos (on a separate note, my studio lights have arrived, woohoo!).
In this video, he talks about having one specific type of shirt which he has been wearing for the past 3 years. He leads a minimalist life, so he doesn’t have that many clothes to choose from anyway, but the main reason for doing this is to reduce decision fatigue. It’s the same reason why Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg wear the same thing all the time. It’s the reason I cook and eat the same thing all the time (at least for lunch). You build up these routines, so that you can free your mind space to think about the things that actually matter!
David Perell is a writer, podcaster and founder of the course Write of Passage which is actually the next course I’m planning on taking! It costs a hefty sum of USD 4000, but I think it’s well worth the money.
Both Ali and David spoke about their writing process, how to write good content for the internet and how to build an audience successfully. Here are a few quotes that resonated with me from their 2 hour chat!
Humans are horrible at long term goals and when someone does something for the long term, they’ve taken a long-term goal and found a way to make it amazing in the short term. The key to achieving long-term goals is to match your desires in the short term with your desires in the long term – that is the recipe to success, not long-term thinking.
When you start writing, don’t even think about what the world is going to be interested in – write about what interests you. The benefit of writing online is to meet people who have similar ideas as you, to create serendipity and to have an email list of people who share your intellectual obsessions. People shouldn’t worry about wasting time by writing online. Worst comes to worst – you’ve spent hours thinking and writing about something that you are interested in and writing IS thinking and so when you put words on a page you raise the quality of your thoughts.
You want to take fear which is usually a headwind and flip it into a tailwind
Biography - Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Maybe I’m slow on the bandwagon, but I’ve recently started to enjoy reading biographies because I want to learn lessons from the greatest minds in the world. Given how much of a geek and Apple fan, I thought I’d start with Steve Jobs’s biography.
I’m halfway through, and it’s been fascinating to learn all about Steve’s life. I don’t think he was a particularly easy man to work with, but I’ve always admired the way he spoke. It really captivates an audience - and till this day, his vision lives on, and the Apple brand has made me into a loyal, die hard fan for life. Their hardware / software just works! Whether it be my iphone, or computer. I’ll always go with Apple (sorry Google!) The quote below still remains true to all Apple’s products till this day even after Steve is gone. And I think that’s incredibly powerful!
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Health Tip Of The Week 🥗 💪🏽
I find that when I'm feeling restless or stressed, these activities help me quite a fair bit! I've heard so many great things about meditation but just haven't got the discipline to start exploring it.
I find that when I'm feeling restless or stressed, these activities help me quite a fair bit! I've heard so many great things about meditation but just haven't got the discipline to start exploring it.
Blog Post Of The Week ✍🏽
Sleep: The Underrated Habit
Kindle Highlight Of The Week 📖
As David Perell very aptly writes - writing is like weightlifting for your brain. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon also states 'People who write a lot, also listen a lot. They also change their mind a lot. Not necessarily with new data, but sometimes re-analyzing the same data. They also work hard to disconfirm fundamental biases.'
As David Perell very aptly writes - writing is like weightlifting for your brain. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon also states 'People who write a lot, also listen a lot. They also change their mind a lot. Not necessarily with new data, but sometimes re-analyzing the same data. They also work hard to disconfirm fundamental biases.'
Photo Of The Week 📷
From having an injured back - to lifting a 100 KG Deadlift! Achieved my personal best for a deadlift, SUPER PROUD OF MYSELF! :)
From having an injured back - to lifting a 100 KG Deadlift! Achieved my personal best for a deadlift, SUPER PROUD OF MYSELF! :)
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Jamie Lim Yin Yin

My name is Jamie, a Millennial based in Singapore 🇸🇬. I love exploring topics on productivity 📈, personal development 🌱 and career tips 🎓 to help Gen Z & Millennials navigate life. Every week, I send out a newsletter with learnings I've encountered throughout the week and share them to help folks around the world lead a happy and healthier life!

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