Friday Night Review - 02.01.2019
Well… January is over.
Once I get past that initial week of feeling like it’s a new beginning, the month becomes a slog. Sales at the day job are typically terrible. Nobody is motivated to make decisions. And I’m forced to fight my own mental inertia… which in the past has led to physical inertia.
I’m thankful the month is over and am looking forward to a short but productive month.
Reading - Online
Facebook: We’re helping the world, we’ve made some mistakes in the past but you can trust us.
— Chris J. Wilson, “Before Every Facebook Crisis…”
Chris (@ChrisJWilson on Micro.blog) calls out Facebook for its outright, shameless lying. I’ve enjoyed his takes over the past few weeks and am glad to have found him. He doesn’t trust Facebook… and neither do it… and justifiably so.
Every day at some point, just open up this diary, write today’s date, then start writing. Write what you did today, and how you are feeling, even if it seems boring.
— Derek Sivers, “Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals”
Tip of the hat… as always… as usual… to Patrick Rhone for the pointer to the Sivers post. This is an important piece of blogging that everyone should be reading. And we all really should be implementing his advice. The writing doesn’t need to be perfect. But consistently scribbling will help you clarify your thinking over time.
There are parallels in this post to similar statements in The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll. Just capture everything. You’ll figure out what’s important and vital later.
Reading - In Print
Started Atomic Habits by James Clear. It has turned out to be different from The Power of Habit in many ways. Clear’s work is much more operational and much less theoretical. What I like is the step-by-step process for creating new habits, eliminating bad habits and reforming those that fall somewhere in between.
Started Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut. I stumbled onto this one when dropping by a used bookstore I normally don’t frequent. The selection of classics and non-fiction is limited as the shop caters to those preferring romance, mystery and general popular fiction. This copy was printed in 1973. It isn’t in great condition. But for $2.00, I decided to slip this paperback into my coat and read it when I have a spare moment. Vonnegut’s gallows humor doesn’t fail.
I hope you ended January on a high note. Despite the inertia I felt, I managed to exercise for more than half the days of the month and managed to journal, write and read every single day.
Take a hard look at your time and how you spent it in January. Flipping the digital switch off and the analog switch on isn’t difficult… but remembering to do so might be. Is there a way you can change it? I found a couple of small ways. The result was five books completed with a total of 1,824 pages read.
This has made all the difference in my psychological outlook.
I hope you find something this month that changes yours for the better.
Take it one week (day) at a time.
As if we really have any other choice?