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Welcome to my second brain. My notebook is where I test my ideas in public.

A collection of ideas I get while reading, but too immature for an essay. If a note resonates with others, I develop it into an essay. Think of my essays as complete paintings and my notebook as rough sketches. You get the idea.

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Open: Andre Agassi - Book Summary

Here are my favourite quotes and highlights from Andre Agassi's autobiography. On dealing with pressurePressure is how you know everything’s working, the doctor said. Words to live by, Doc. On obstacles in lifeLife will throw everything but the kitchen sink in your path, and then it will throw the

Rafa: My Story - Book Summary

One of the best biographies I've read from my favourite tennis player, Rafael Nadal. Enjoy these highlights. Focusing on the present moment The feeling suits me; the cathedral hush of the Centre Court is good for my game. Because what I battle hardest to do in a tennis match is

Working on fewer things

I've been on a short break recently, not doing much writing aside from publishing weekly. When I wrote daily, I felt like my ideas were stale, and it didn't have that unique touch. It felt like post #292 on productivity, and I didn't like that. So I stopped for a

Working on fewer things

Doing a mindful productivity audit: 10 questions to improve your mental health while being productive

I've recently joined Ness Labs' Mindful Productivity Challenge to learn how to be more productive while taking care of my mental health and avoiding burning out. The challenge is simple: Every day, we learn about one new strategy and do a short exercise to put it into practice. On the

Doing a mindful productivity audit: 10 questions to improve your mental health while being productive

Favourite quotes from Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is one of the best books I've read, and definitely something I'd recommend anybody to read. It's the journal of a Roman Emperor, his thought process, and his experiences turned into a book for all of us to learn from. Here are my favourite bits from

Favourite quotes from Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Remember anything with the method of loci

According to legend, Greek poet Simonides stepped outside the dining hall of a dinner he attended when the roof collapsed, killing everyone inside. Due to the extent of damage, they could not identify any of the victims. However, Simonides found that he could identify each victim by picturing the hall's

Remember anything with the method of loci

Revenge bedtime procrastination

Picture this: You've had a busy day and didn't have any "me time" throughout your day. Work piles on, and once you're done, it's actually time to sleep. But instead of sleeping, you go on Netflix and browse social media until the wee hours. Like most behaviours, psychologists have an

Revenge bedtime procrastination

How long does it take to form a habit?

In 1960, Dr Maxwell Maltz discovered that it took 21 days for patients to get used to the results of an operation and adjust to new routines. He wrote: "These, and many other commonly observed phenomena tend to show that it requires a minimum of about 21 days for an

How long does it take to form a habit?

Time blocking

It's time to ditch our to-do lists. We're bad at estimating how long it takes to complete a task. As a result, we fill our to-do lists to the brim and feel bad for not completing them at the end of the day. To-do lists are great for determining what

Time blocking

Intermittent screen fasting

We should treat technology as we treat food. Both are good, but only when consumed in moderation. Too much food and we get obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. Too much technology can distract us and harm our mental health. Maybe it's time for us to take a leaf out of

Intermittent screen fasting