Getting out of your own way, planning, and cold exposure

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Occasionally, I also send out long-form articles on productivity and self-improvement.

Reflections

I. Children are not a reason to abandon your dreams. They are the reasons to chase them.

II. Professionals know their growth doesn't come from the hours between 9 am and 5 pm.

III. When you begin, you get out of your own way. In the end, the answers you seek can only be found through action.

Quotes

I.

“Don't cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you've got.”
— Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

II.

“It doesn't matter how much you plan, you'll still get some stuff wrong anyway.

Don’t make thìngs worse by overanalyzing and delaying before you even get going.

Long projects zap morale. The longer it takes to develop, the less likely it is to launch.

Make the call, make progress, and get something out now-while you've got the motivation and momentum to do so.”
— Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Action

Many months ago I read, “Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster-in Just Two Weeks” by Dave Asprey. During the two-week program laid out in the book, I tried several things to boost my energy. Cold exposure was a hack that stuck with me.

Beat the 2 pm crash, but not with 5-hour energy shots. Try Ice Face.

I have a tendency to abuse caffeine. Caffeine is a cheap, easy, and enjoyable stimulant but it has its drawbacks. I can handle roughly two cups of coffee well. Anything beyond that and I’ll crash, hard.

I found out dunking my face in ice water to be a feasible alternative!

Use Cold Exposure to Boost Your Energy

Facial Ice Baths

  • Dunk your face in a bowl filled with ice water for 30-45 secs

Cold Showers

  • At the end of the shower, turn it to cold for 20-30 secs

Winter Walks

  • Being ~30 degrees outside where I am, going on a 20 min walk works too.

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