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Work in the Abstract

Shami's Progress
Shami's Progress
Whelp. At least the preseason for the NBA starts in 2 weeks!

Goals for the week
  1. Get better at beating the everyday resistance. Lately, I’ve been second-guessing everything and feel like I don’t want to do anything. It’s easy to do things that take little to no resistance but it takes a lot to do things that you don’t feel like doing. It won’t kill me to do most things that are on my to-do list so I’m just gonna do it and so should you.
  2. Make doing “work” fun. I recently listened to a podcast by Ali & Taimur Abdaal who are two British podcasters who talk about productivity and their specific work. In one episode, they talked about work in the abstract. If we think of doing work as what it is, work, then there is an inherent resistance to do said work unless we have an external reason to complete said work. For example, a boss or some other sort of accountability in which you people rely on your work being done. Another reason for us to do said work would be because we either generally enjoy the work or have the willpower to power through it. This episode gave me a lot of insight on how to view work. You can make anything that feels tedious, fun if you have the right mindset. In my life, I know I will be applying the “get to” mindset rather than the “have to” mindset in order to get all the everyday mundane things done.
  3. Create systems that I can fall into. In James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits, he talks about how we don’t rise to the level of our habits but rather, fall to the level of our systems. I just need to get better at setting simpler systems that I can actually stick to in the long run.
Thanks for reading y'all!
Book: Buddhism for Beginners by Thubten Chodron
Podcast: The Whiplash Isn’t your fault by Ryan Holiday
Music: Isn’t She Lovely by thirteen degrees
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