I. “Don't plan, become an expert.
Knowledge is only sharpened by experience and deliberate practice.
Becoming an expert requires you to make your own decisions and mistakes. Learn from others until you can practice, then do without instruction until you can write your own.
If you must plan, plan to practice.”
Learn enough to practice, practice until you understand.
I. “Having a clear structure to work in is completely different from making plans about something.” — Sönke Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes1
Many times I’ve mistaken having a plan for having structure.
I would begin to plan by setting my sights on an outcome. It could be an exam, what I wanted to accomplish within X amount of years for my career, or even a new personal record for weight lifting. Once I defined the goal, I’d start plotting my path to success.
Problematic is the best way to describe this approach. It left me unhappy while I strived to achieve my goals. Worse yet, I’d become paralyzed by indecision as I attempted to line up all the necessary milestones.
What I love about this quote is it reminds me that achieving your goals is more about the proper structure of your days than about having a perfect plan.
Setup your days in such a way that your desired outcomes are a side effect.
I. Schedule one hour per day for yourself.
Find a time that you can be unhindered by interruptions. Not 5 minutes here, and 15 minutes there, 60 full minutes to yourself. Use the first few days, perhaps even the first entire week to determine what you’ll use the time for.
Tally each investment you make in yourself and don’t break the chain2.
Until next time,
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