Permission to click delete
And the thing about consistency / Issue 1,171
Oh, hi friends!
I just wrote a draft of a little newsletter section — the section you’re reading right now — and couldn’t figure out the ending.
I couldn’t figure it out because it didn’t say anything.
So after a few minutes of editing and fretting, I highlighted the section and made it disappear.
Sometimes you can work it out.
Other times, it’s easier to clear your mind and start fresh.
Don’t be afraid to click delete.
“Realistically, it’s most effective whenever you can do it consistently.”
This is from a piece about how to become a morning exerciser, but I thought the point above was applicable to most habits.
Everything is more effective whenever you do it consistently!
Going to the gym, writing, growing your network, making your 67th PowerPoint. Consistency matters more than the tiny details. (I say this as someone who’s purchased the same pencils Sondheim used and mimicked the writing routines of dozens of authors in order to try and “write like them.”)
Find what might be consistent for you.
Are You Rethinking Your Career Possibilities?
I’ve talked to so many people over the last year who have quit their jobs, reimagined their career paths, or decided the flexibility of working from home actually isn’t the cure for working in a job or industry they don’t like.
That’s why I really love the topic behind Sarah Aviram’s TEDx talk: “Does more freedom at work mean more fulfillment?” She argues it’s less about freedom (aka hybrid workplaces!) and more about your joy, impact, and growth in a job. Watch her video but I’ll also leave you with her three questions:
What kind of work energizes you and gives you a deep feeling of contentment?
How could you provide more value to your company or clients by doing this kind of work?
Which knowledge or skills can you develop through these experiences?
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