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Apr 20, 2019 16:36:47

Prioritizing habits

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Haider Al-Mosawi

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Today is Saturday, which means the launch of my latest podcast with my friend Abdulmohsen Al-Duwaisan, where we're holding each other accountable for the goals we want to achieve.

Today I shared with him my thoughts about prioritizing habits: i.e. what habits I choose to work on first. The 3 main ideas that have influenced me when it comes to habits are:

1) Keystone habits: These are habits that make developing other habits easier. Exercise, good sleep, eating healthy food, and meditation are good examples, since they impact how we feel, our levels of energy, and they support lifestyle changes beyond the habits themselves

2) Stupid small habits: One of the biggest challenges we have with habits is the resistance we experience starting the habit, especially when the habit seems challenging or we lack the motivation to do it. Making our target stupid small (do 10 wall push-ups vs exercise for half an hour) removes the resistance and allows us to show up to the habit. And once we show up, we are more likely to do more than the low threshold we set for ourselves

3) T.E.A. habits: T.E.A. stands for the 3 variables we want our new habits to increase:

T for Time: What habits will help you save time or make more time for what matters to you in life. Example: Don't watch TV (or limit it to 1 hour)

E for Energy: What habits will give you more energy. This includes exercise and good sleep

A for Attention: What are you directing your attention towards? How can you free up attention from the mundane towards the more meaningful. This can include avoiding social media, putting your phone a distance away from you, or not giving other people's behavior too much of your attention

Abdulmohsen and I also discussed creating info products, why a book outline matters (plus why and how to use PowerPoint to create a book outline), and more!

Check out the episode here, and I'd love to know what you think: #12weeks: The First Update.

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    @haideralmosawi sorry that I have a internet connection problem so I had sent the same comment multi times. Would you receive multi notifications for that? Sorry.
    Plus, the link is 404.

    5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Apr 20, 2019 23:36:47
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      @5plus6 I got only 2 notifications for the 2 comments that are visible on the page. So don't worry. And thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. :D

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Apr 20, 2019 20:22:49
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    @haideralmosawi Thanks for sharing and I love T.E.A! It's a clear mind map to reflect my habits!
    P.S. The idea of using ppt to creat a book outline is cool! I always like organizing reviews in google slides because it's so directly and impressive, but it has limitations for searchable organized massive materials. Now I turn to workflowy for its flexible hashtag way. Still searching for a better tool for all-in-one ideas management.

    5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Apr 20, 2019 23:32:43
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      @5plus6 Thanks! I now use TaskPaper for outlining. I love the keyboard shortcuts. They enable me to quickly move things around (up, down, indentation, or move to another list entirely). I also use keyboard shortcuts to add emojis that I use to represent tasks (βœ… for completed task. β˜‘οΈ for task not yet done. ⏳ for waiting for. ❗️for urgent. And so on).

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Apr 20, 2019 20:22:00
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