Getting Right for What’s to Come

Fred and Albert simply posted their yearly posts on predictions and problems to undertake for the forthcoming decade. Both are great, and considering all that we’ll have to do to in the coming decade is both inspiring and intimidating.

Before I could even think about these kinds of things and how to approach them, I Want to Appear on the private side and check in to make sure that I have as strong a base as possible, like placing in your own oxygen mask before helping others:

Everybody has their own challenges and issues to work on, so here I will just notice some tools that have been useful to me, in no particular order:

  1. Getting skilled help. I’ve composed before that among those breakthrough moments for me was when I realized I could hunt and receive help where I wanted it. In my case, it was a excellent therapist and a fantastic accountant. Nevertheless, the big idea is that it is okay to get help. For the last couple of years I have quit alcohol for the month of January and it always feels great. The holidays can be a little much, and a lot of us eat more than we ought to anyway. Dry January is, at the very least, a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the use of alcohol (or lack of it) on your life. 
  2. This NYT piece on procrastination is terrific. I’ve always struggled with this, and I totally agree with the main idea here that is that procrastination is a psychological problem (avoiding unpleasant feelings, self doubt, etc) not a discipline or self control issue. I have just skimmed James’ book Atomic Habits, but he is great on twitter and looks spot-on to me along with his analysis of how to make positive habits. 
  3. Work sterile by Dan Charnas. In this book, Dan studies how good chefs handle their workspaces and apply those lessons to other kinds of work. For the last 4 years I’ve used the Volt Planner, which guides you though annual, weekly and monthly goal setting. I’ve found it to be supremely valuable in a world where there are a whole lot of things competing for your attention and it can be tough to focus. 
  4. Brad Feld‘s mantra to Simply Begin Again — easy and really useful. 

Whatever issue you’re handling, I hope you can get the resources to assist.

As I look out in the brand new year and the forthcoming decade, I would like to have all the power and leverage I can to make great things happen, which begins at home with building a solid base, whatever that means to you.  Somewhat better daily .

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