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Sunday Brief - Issue #4

Sunday Brief - Issue #4
By Kieran Glover • Issue #4 • View online
Welcome back to Sunday Brief, this is issue 4 of my weekly email newsletter for creative professionals where I share my thoughts, inspiration, life lessons and interesting reads from that week.
This week has been a fairly quiet week by my standards, so when you don’t have a million and one things to do at times it can be difficult to stick to a consistent routine that helps us achieve our life goals.
What I’m thinking about
So on the back of that, I found myself reflecting back to some concepts in the book Principles by Ray Dalio. One particular part that stuck with me was to to really achieve what we want, it’s important to view your life more as a designer of a machine and not just a cog in the machine. At the time of reading Principles I took some notes that I think nicely summarize this valuable concepts:
  • Design the machine, design your life for the purpose you want it to have.
  • If the machine isn’t producing the results you want, figure out how to fix it, to get the output (the life) you want.

I’m aware that these kind of ‘guru models’ have the risk of being all fluff, but I think a more tangible way to start operating on a ‘designer level’ and not on a ‘cog level’ is to start adding structure and protocols in your day that align with what you love and also what brings you closer to the life you want.
Once you have those, you can easily identify or ‘diagnose’ the things that bring you closer to the life you want and change them accordingly.
So for me personally, I always make time for a variety of health and wellness protocols everyday in the form of a morning routine:
0700 - Wake up
0710 - Hot cold shower therapy
0730 - Mixed fruit and veg smoothie
0740 - Red light therapy (a new addition) with meditation / visualization
0800 - Water with added trace minerals and potentially supplements
0815 - Hot bullet proof coffee
Even though this may seem extreme to some people on top of regular work and life, I religiously stick to this routine everyday as I know in my machine, health and wellness are and will continue to deliver the output I want in life.
My favorite things this week
So on the back of this, I thought it would be fitting to share a few things that help me operate at peak performance.
  • BioLight Shine - A portable red light therapy device that I got as a wonderful birthday gift from my wife.
  • Trace Mineral Drops - I have a water filter, so it’s good to add back in the minerals that may have been lost.
  • 30 Mental Models - NessLabs
  • Heal Thy Self - A favorite of my wife and I. An awesome podcast with epic health and wellness research and tips
Quote of the week
Think for yourself to decide 1) what you want 2) what is true and 3) what you should do to achieve #1 in light of #2
A quote by Ray Dalio in Principles
So that’s it for issue #4 of Sunday Brief. I hope you enjoyed this and it brightened up your inbox ☀️Thanks again for taking the time to read and I hope you have a great week!
Resources for creative
As a web designer / developer working on a creative agency, I’m always on the lookout for new tools to a) keep me more productive and b) help me do my job better. Check out some of my favorite tried and tested tools:
  • Notion - My all time favorite note taking/productivity app
  • Digital Ocean - My go-to tool for spinning up blogs, websites and more
  • Webflow - The tool I used most often at work to Build better business websites, faster. Without coding
  • - Used both personally and professionally, Landbot makes it intuitive and easy to make both simple and complex chat bot experiences. The best part is, it’s a no-code tool.
P.S - Some of these links are affiliate links.
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Kieran Glover

Welcome to the Sunday Brief ☕️ My name is Kieran Glover and I'm a Senior Partner at a leading creative consultancy in Cambodia. Every Sunday I write a weekly email newsletter for creative professionals where I share my thoughts, inspiration, life lessons and interesting reads from that week.

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