Unstuck Newsletter #018 (June-24-2020)

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Hello online friends,

It’s me, Ivaylo Durmonski. And this is the 18th edition of Unstuck. A weekly newsletter designed to help people navigate in this disoriented world, make progress, and become more rational. By sharing the lessons I learn from the books I read (and other interesting things), I want to help more people find direction in this directionless world.

What’s worse than not having enough time?

It’s having enough time but wasting it on unimportant tasks – i.e. watching cat videos, checking your email for the 5th time for the last hour, etc.

You might ask, “Why this should be bad?”

Well, if you answer emails all day long you’re reacting to your surroundings, not actively making new things happen.

To turn things around and to ship products, read more books, have enough time with your friends and family, you need to change your defaults.

The book summary of this week will help you accomplish this task:

Book Summary:

  • Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day: A short how-to book that will equip you with the tools you need to abandon the self-sabotaging activities you do online. Make Time will show you how to quit the nasty habits that keep you falsely busy and give you the time you need to finish the important tasks.

Which book should I read next?

Once a month, I ask readers (you) what book to read and summarize in the coming weeks. Here are the choices for this month:

  1. Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield  – LINK;
  2. Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by B.J. Fogg – LINK;
  3. The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli – LINK;

Simply reply with 1, 2, or 3 to vote for one of the books above. This Friday, I’ll count the votes and start reading the winner book.

Weekly Finds:

  • Do the Real Thing: Instead of doing the important work that actually matters, we waste our days on fake activities. Make sure to check this post by Scott Young. Inside you’ll find tips on how to make the hard tasks easier to execute – it’s not as easy as you think.
  • What is procrastination and why we do it: If you want to know how to stop procrastinating, you need to understand why you procrastinate in the first place.
  • Connectedness and complex systems: “I believe that anything that drives me emotionally—reading, theatre, opera, art, gallery visits, dancing, singing, hobbies… Boosts and drives my productivity.” An interview with Dr. John L. Collins on achieving more without sacrificing your mental health.

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Thank you for your time!


Ivaylo Durmonski