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Micro Thoughts & Meditations on Intentional Living

I love reading self-help books. Some are really good and classics. But, most of them are derived from better-known books. At one point, I felt like I’m just reading about the same principles over and over.

Nowadays, after reading Derek Sivers’s post on his book notes, I have started to look for key ideas and take actionable notes. This is way simpler than summarising each paragraph or chapter.

Entry 5 of the “100 Days to Offload” challenge – find more about it and join in.

Written on: 2022-03-24

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Three simple tips to improve writing:

  • Lower your standards.
  • Write every day.
  • Collect streak.

Entry 4 of the “100 Days to Offload” challenge – find more about it and join in.

Written on: 2022-02-12

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I recently watched Cal Newport's video on Daily Metrics Tracking for productivity.

If you are someone like me who is good at planning but struggle a bit in execution, then metrics tracking is an awesome tool to skyrocket your productivity.

As a start, Cal recommends tracking three things:

  • Startup / Shutdown Ritual.
  • Something related to health & fitness.
  • Something related to your spiritual needs.

Here's mine:

  • Startup / Shutdown Ritual
  • Writing (15 min)
  • Prayers

What’s yours?

Entry 3 of the “100 Days to Offload” challenge – find more about it and join in.

Written on: 2022-03-15

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On 11th March 2022, I watched Warnie's documentary on Amazon Prime after hearing about his sudden demise on 4th March 2022.

Shane Warne is a cricketing legend. This man was the Rock Star of Cricket.

When I used to play cricket, I chose Leg Spin because Shane Warne was a leg spinner. The legend is no more but his legacy lives on.

Check this video to experience the King of Spin.

Entry 2 of the “100 Days to Offload” challenge – find more about it and join in.

Written on: 2022-03-13

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I came to know about this notorious disinformation-spreading far-right group after the Captiol Hill attack on January 6, 2021. Conspirators and Far-Right Extremists like these are allowed to operate freely in the name of free speech. These groups cause mayhem and chaos in our communities. Yet, they will be allowed to operate by the government because they are useful to the politicians for their political gains.

I listened to Finding Q on Audible over the past few days. It’s a riveting investigative journey by journalist Nicky Woolf in his quest to find who is Q? I think Nicky has kind of identified who Q is but what is the use? Even if all this information is shared with the authorities, are they going to take action? I don’t think so!

Finding Q is an excellent production and deserves our attention and praise.

I highly recommend it and encourage you to give it a go.

Entry 1 of the “100 Days to Offload” challenge – find more about it and join in.

Written on: 2022-03-12

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As an avid GTD practitioner, I was searching for an excellent capture tool. Back in the day, David Allen did have an official Notetaker Wallet. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued for many years.

Even before I was introduced to GTD, I used to carry scraps of paper in my wallet and a pen in my pocket to capture my ideas and thoughts. Now, I wanted a better capture tool that can fit in my back pocket and is not cumbersome & ugly.

I stumbled on Capture Wallet a few months back. It is designed by GTD Master Trainer for Nordic Region, Morten Røvik. I was debating whether to go for it or not. Finally, I purchased it on 2nd February 2022 and got it delivered on 15th February 2022. I'm really impressed with the quality of the product. The wallet is handmade with genuine leather. It feels good to hold one in my hand and makes me want to use it often. I'm really excited to use this capture tool because nothing beats pen & paper.


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I have written about Meditation a few days back. I was pondering the effects of Mindfulness Meditation on me and how it helped me cope with stress and sleep better.

Lately, I'm overwhelmed with emotions and struggle to cope with them. Whenever I feel I'm off balance, I always go back to what I know will work for me. They are Prayer & Meditation. So, I have re-subscribed to Calm app and will be restarting my meditation practice.

I have not set any goals for the practice. If I had to, then it is to meditate 10 minutes for the next 7 days.

#journal #meditation

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A few weeks back, I subscribed to GTD Connect after a discount offer from the GTD Connect Team. I have been practising GTD on and off since 2015. As a tinkerer of productivity systems and an avid consumer of productivity content, I have tried out various methodologies to get a slight edge in my productivity. I always struggle with the new system and end up coming back to the GTD methodology. I feel like I'm wired for David Allen's GTD practice.

In one of the GTD Connect podcast episodes, David talks about finishing your thinking when stuff first shows up in your inboxes. It's called Clarifying. That's my kryptonite. I always find it difficult to define the expected outcome and the next physical action to move that thing forward. But, rather than asking that important question: “what is it?”; I start to go for what I need to do and start organising them into lists. This episode really made me realise that I'm doing something wrong!

Moving forward, when I pick a captured item, I shall ask the following questions:

  1. What is it?
  2. Is it action?
  3. If yes, what is the expected outcome?
  4. What is the next physical action to move closer to the defined outcome?

After answering the above questions, I can start organising the next actions in my fancy task management app.

#journal #productivity #GTD

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Today has been a day of meetings and unexpected interruptions. However, I was able to quickly realign my schedule to handle these quite well.

As we enter into the last month of 2021 and the Omicron variant at our doorsteps, these are times for reflection and getting ourselves prepared for whatever the future holds.

One thing I want to start in December is to read 25 pages a day and at least finish one book. If I can complete this one goal for the month, I will be happy as Larry!

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Meditation is something I have been practising on and off for more than 7 years. My consistency with meditation wavers quite a lot. I struggle to maintain the practice because spending 20 minutes first thing in the morning is daunting because I have been told by “self-help” gurus (read influencers) that on top of meditation, I should be journaling, exercising, practising gratitude etc. If I follow all of these recommended “first things in the morning” practices, I will just end up spending hours and hours doing these practices wondering if they will really bring me any benefit?

Moving forward, I'm going to keep my morning ritual pretty simple:

  • Wake-up & Ablution
  • Make coffee
  • Prayer & read 5 verses of the Holy Quran.
  • Journal for 7 minutes in Obsidian.
  • Shower & get ready for work.

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