I stumbled across the book Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How to Use It by Oliver Burkeman, a self-proclaimed 'reformed productivity guru' and I'm glad that I did. At first, I was a bit worried that it was yet another book on productivity systems. I've learned that I'm a sequential, systems thinker and so it can frankly be a bit dangerous for me to learn about productivity systems as they tend to hijack my current processes (I think it's called "shiny new thing" syndrome). However, I found this book to be quite enlightening and in line with my thinking on how to dance on the edge of being the "ultimate productive person" vs. "enjoying life." I've come to terms with the fact that on the day that I die, there will be unfinished items on my to-do list and I laugh when I think about a younger me staying up late and working weekends trying to get everything done. Instead, I've shifted my focus to working on the things that matter to me and enjoying the ride.
I haven't the foggiest idea how I came across the book titled The Knack of Using Your Subconscious Mind by John K. Williams, but I'm glad that I did. It reinforced an idea that I've been kicking around in my head best described as "Speeding Up by Slowing Down." Basically, I've been exploring ways to use my brain as the wonderful tool that it is for developing and connecting ideas and patterns, instead of using it as a workhorse by always keeping it busy with activities and tasks. Simply put, I've had some of my best ideas while sitting around thinking and not while "grinding"...which seems to fly in the face of most of the #entrepreneur #hustle advice out there today.
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