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Downtime. The different between laying on the couch watching the same show for the 87th time, and reading a new book is monumental. It doesn’t matter if the book is any good, it broadens your mind. Downtime doesn’t mean you sit and become a vegetable (sure, there are times when it’s the only thing that you want to do and even makes sense to do), but it shouldn’t be the only option.

Downtime is for learning, embracing and perfecting a craft. It’s for moments when you need to get away from the core of your existence (really just a fancy way to say work). As long as you’re learning, you’re doing something right.

When too many days of doing nothing start piling on, it’s hard to snap back into the right frame of mind. Don’t let it overwhelm and take over you.

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Fate vs Timing. I don’t believe in fate, I don’t believe that things are destined to be (one way or another). However, I do believe in timing. Some things don’t work purely because of timing (not right now, we’re not ready yet, come back to us in a few months) - it’s not because your ideas are bad, it’s simply because the timing wasn’t aligned.

In the same sense, I don’t think things should be too forced. If something isn’t ready yet, it doesn’t mean that you force it to fit, it means you try again a little further down the line. You don’t have to take ‘NO’s personally, you just have to understand where they’re coming from, and why.

Good things don’t necessarily come easily, they shouldn’t be impossibly difficult either. In fact, if things don’t work out, just move on - you never know, it might result in a better opportunity/fit anyway.

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Was fortunate enough to listen to Jessica Orkin speak at the CreativeMornings Summit - absolutely fascinating and definitely makes you think. Had a great (one-sided) discussion on the Asian perspective - there’s a lot that we can learn on both sides. However, there’s one thing that really sticks out - a sense of belonging.

At various points in everybody’s lives, we question what we’re doing with our lives - why do we do what we do, is there a point to it all? Recognising that there is more to life than a paycheque or family or even the weekend is tough. Finding a place of belonging is even harder (and when you think about it this way, begins to explain how people ‘fall’ for cults or scientology).

These ideas of belonging are constantly evolving (people change, priorities shift). It’s the overall belief that’s important, that you have to hold dearly - they have a massive impact on who you surround yourself with, who you work with and how your idea of purpose will be shaped.

The trickiness of estimating time

 Photo by  Srikanta H. U  on  Unsplash

Photo by Srikanta H. U on Unsplash

Time is constant - it keeps moving at a consistent pace no matter what you do. So why is it so difficult to estimate it?

I've realised that I can control only what I can control. I can't control what you might do or how you might react. It explains how I can accurately dedicate 15 minutes to reading a book, or 1 hour to tackling a social media plan, but I can't predict exactly how long it will take someone else to do the same thing - I can only estimate (and usually I'm wrong).

It's tricky for sure, best I can do is overestimate and stay optimistic.

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Calendar, time and priorities. This article really nails it for me, and there are a few (and some others) that I already do and definitely recommend for everybody.

  1. If someone cancels/reschedules twice, they don't think you're a priority. Move on to better things.
  2. Schedule time for yourself. Whether it's time to be creative, work outside your day-to-day or even just take a break. You need it, and more often than not you come back with fresh ideas. This means occasionally watching a movie in the middle of the day (the best time to do it).
  3. 45-minute meetings. 1 hour seems long, 30 minutes seems too short. The 45-minute session seem to be a good in between and helps to focus the meeting on the important stuff. No time for extra fluff. Also, my attention starts to drift around the 40-minute mark.

 

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Taking a step back. 

Is there ever a bad time to take a step back? Trying to figure out a complicated digital marketing strategy, take a step back and deciding on the mission will help you decide what to do or not to do. Overwhelmed in life, take a step back and see where you might be spending too much time. Tired of not making any progress in you diet, take a step back and realise that you have to be patient.

We're often too caught up on the little things. We overanalyse inconsequential details, waste time and become overwhelmed. Taking a step back always helps.