Reading books and insightful essays is my favourite pastime.
I read on my phone, swipe through pages on my iPad. And read physical books in the morning just before deep work and in the evening before bed.
I also read whenever I get the chance in the day. Over 90 percent of the apps on my phone are for reading.
Seneca, a Roman Stoic philosopher, once said, “You must linger among a limited number of master-thinkers, and digest their works if you would derive ideas which shall win firm hold in your mind.”
Reading is a skill, and people read…
Building better habits is hard, especially in the beginning. Sprints don’t work. Massive changes hardly work. Aiming for one giant step doesn’t end well. Many people rely on habit building systems to start new healthy habits.
A great system can give your willpower a break, so you can focus on repeatable behaviours that deliver results. Better systems applied well will make your habits automatic over time.
But a good system requires time to deliver incremental changes because healthy new habits take time to stick.
The only way to get over the hurdle is to start with a consistency plan too…
If Elon Musk can literally teach himself rocket science by reading books and learning from industry expert, you are more than capable of learning that new skill in record time to improve your life or career.
But it will cost you a lot of time — time is the biggest excuse for a lot of people who want to learn something new. But time is what you need most to take control of your learning deliberately.
I studied Law and Sociology at the university over a decade ago. But in the last five years, learning and writing about different topics…
Thinking, Fast and Slow. Thinking in Bets. Skin in the Game. Great Thinkers. The Laws of Human Nature. The Intelligent Investor. Zero to One.
These are great books that require multiple reads to deeply understand the fantastic ideas the authors want us to comprehend.
Reading a lot of great books improves our knowledge, judgment and mental models. But many people rarely engage with the content of their books.
When you aim to read hundreds of books a year with no regard for absorption, you probably won’t get all the knowledge you need from the books. …
Reading is one of the best ways to gain knowledge.
There are two ways to read — active reading and passive reading.
If you are reading for pleasure, you want to enjoy the experience, lose yourself in the book and follow the journey with the author.
I’m not good at that. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction books. I am very selective, so I end up with few books.
If you want to acquire new knowledge, the process should be completely different. You want to be able to remember and apply what you are learning. …
Reading is one of the best ways to learn something new.
It’s a form of intellectual and emotional engagement that can do more for your life and career.
“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries,” says René Descartes, a French philosopher.
If you’ve built a reading habit into your daily routine, you are probably benefiting from the many benefits of reading.
Regular reading habit improves brain connectivity, empowers you with new knowledge, reduce stress and prevents cognitive decline.
There are two types of reading — reading for pleasure and reading to…
Is there a ‘best time’ to launch a side project, improve your relationships, write a post or a book, change your habit, or embrace a new habit?
Perfect timing is an illusion. It’s a procrastination trap.
Once you acknowledge that you can choose to do what you need to do now, your relationship with time will change for the better.
When is there ever a time for anything? What if the time you are waiting for never arrives?
Whenever you want to start something new or change your life, it’s common to feel like the timing is wrong.
Productivity can be a struggle, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why it’s important to find the right productivity style for you.
There are many ways to work more efficiently. The good news is, you can try them out and find what works best for you.
The most popular productivity systems include The Eisenhower Matrix, The To-Done List and the To-Don’t List, Getting Things Done (GTD) and the Pomodoro Technique.
Other equally effective methods are The SMART Method, Timeboxing, Biological Prime Time, Personal Kanban, Getting Things Done, and Eat The Frog. …
What does it take to have a good life?
It’s a question that can be answered in so many ways.
Socrates thought people with self-knowledge are more likely to find true happiness. “The secret of happiness, you see is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less,” he once said.
Aristotle argued that the good life is a happy life. “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence,” he said.
Epicurus observed that the key to a good life is avoiding pain, abstaining from unnecessary desires…
The traditional workday has long been the standard for many people.
A full 8-hour shift, with a lunch break in between, was enough to do your job. But now, the average workday is closer to 12 hours.
And this can have some serious consequences on your health and productivity. Like many other industries, the internet has made it easier for people to work all day without stopping.
Many people take work back home. And for those who have fully embraced remote work, work can take over your life completely.
Getting things done at all costs can be counterproductive — it…