5-Bullet Monday #38 (28/09/2020)

written by Dan Silvestre

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I updated my article on time management techniques. It’s now a lot more concise and practical. Read it here: “13 Time Management Techniques of Insanely Productive People“.

I also published a step-by-step guide on blocking distracting websites on Chrome, both on desktop and mobile: “How To Block Websites on Chrome: 4 Ways To Be More Productive On the Internet“.

I published my notes to “Ego Is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday. In Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday argues that often our problems are caused not by external factors but from our own ego. The book is divided into 3 parts: aspire, success, and failure. A good book on stoicism but lacks practical ways to fight the ego.

Here is your weekly dose of “5-Bullet Monday,” a list of what I’m pondering and exploring.

What I’m watching —
YouTube video that will save your Macbook screen. Do you know that glare on your screen after a couple of years? Rub listerine with a fiber cloth and it’s fixed. I tried it, it works. It does take a lot of scrubbing but my screen looks good as new.

What I’m reading —
I finished Solving the Procrastination Puzzle by Timothy A. Pychyl. That was a great read (summary will follow). Now, I’m reading another book on the topic, “The Procratination Equation” by Piers Steel. My goal is to learn strategies to overcome procrastination so I acn help you defeat it. I’m already trying a few from the previous book on my day-to-day. What’s the best book/talk/podcast/article you read on procrastination? Hit reply and let me know.

Just get started —
A nice mantra from Solving the Procrastination Puzzle was “Just get started.” That seems to be the hardest thing when overcoming procrastination. It reminds me of something I wrote in “How to Stop Procrastinating: 7 Simple Ways to Just Get Started“: “Starting, over and over again, is the only way to stop procrastinating. It’s Newton’s first law of motion: “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion.”

Quote I’m pondering —
“Impressing people is utterly different from being truly impressive.” ― Ryan Holiday, The Ego Is the Enemy

300 + productivity hacks —
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P.s. I’ve changed the format (yet again :D) based on feedback. Now, announcements and new posts will be on top, with the 5 bullets to things I’m finding interesting. Do you prefer this format or the previous one? Hit reply and let me know. Your feedback is very important to me.

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