Design Your Days & The Impact of Social Media on your Personal Relationships

Long list collect dust, focus on three tasks instead

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Reflections

I. Living life for your family is indistinguishable from selfishness. (Atomic Essay #21)


II. Negative experiences cause you to recoil and create distance. In relationships, distance weakens and strains the bond you have. Left unaddressed the relationship will fade. You must choose to either endure the discomfort or let the relationship wither.

III. People use social media to judge the status and health of your relationship with them.

Quotes

I.

Nothing has yet been said that’s not been said before.” I’ve only curated, edited, and shaped the work of others before me." - Publius Terentius

II.

Understanding must constantly be tested against reality and updated accordingly." - Excerpt The Great Mental Models


Action

Design your days.

I divide my days into four slots: Morning, Mid-Morning, Afternoon, Evening.

Each slot defines a category of work.

  • Morning: Important Professional Tasks

  • Mid-Morning: Important Work Tasks

  • Afternoon: Urgent Tasks

  • Evening: Recovery

These time slots are aligned with my goals and energy level.

I reserve my highest productivity hours for myself. My important work tasks are a close second which is followed by urgent tasks that get my less productive self.

At the end of the day, my family doesn’t just get what’s left. I rest in the version of myself they most need. Fortunately for me, they don’t need me to be productive or focused.

Quite the opposite actually, they just need me to be present.


Note: Long lists collect dust, focus on three wildly important things instead.