5 Things 15 March 2017

Each week I hear, see and experience things which could be of benefit for others. Picking up on an idea from Tim Ferris – I thought I’d do a short blog to share some of them. Here goes.

 

 

Quote I’ve had in the back of my mind. “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”. Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Thinking along these lines in a world of ever increasing complexity can be refreshing. I’ve been viewing my morning routine through this lens and simplified some of the questions I ask myself each day. What are you doing that could benefit from simplification?

Metaphor to apply. “Do homework on a Friday night“. This one comes from Davina McCall. She was writing about getting the ‘stuff’ you don’t like doing out of the way, to free up your energy for more interesting activities. She learnt this with her kids and the inevitable weekend school homework. What are your equivalent tasks that nag away at the back of your mind when you don’t do them? Accounting for expenses would be fairly highly on my list.

App to explore – Habit List. This was a tip off from Chase Jarvis. I work a fair amount with people looking to introduce or eliminate habits to improve their overall performance. As a result, I’m always on the lookout for tools to help with this. I’ve been exploring this app which is straight forward enough in its concept – to encourage you to develop the habits you want. There are plenty of alternatives available. I liked this one for its simplicity and ease of use. Give it a go.

Taking your cycling to the next level. For those of you who enjoy your cycling and have a particular event you want to train for, here’s a programme that could be of benefit. Elliot Lipski is one of the talented sports scientists who work for Trainsharp Coaching. He has put together this programme which was recently featured on Road.cc.

Seth Godin Wisdom. In the context of thinking about your brand “no one gets a Suzuki tattoo”; in contrast to Harley Davidson. Does your brand and performance mean your customers are willing to go to significant lengths to demonstrate their loyalty?

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