Simplify Sundays Vol. 4

Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.
— Jerry Rice
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It's Sunday!? I curse the dreaded realization, this happens every Sunday. As if I should magically expect a third day to be tacked onto the weekend. I'm unconsciously training myself to be anxious.

Well, I'm done getting the raw end of the deal. Simplify Sundays are an open invitation to combat Sunday angst. Fuel to start your week with intention. I'll let the experts give the advice. I'm the experimenter.

I hope you learn something you didn't expect. We can all benefit from a little outside help.

As my good pal Schwarzenegger said, "The worst thing you can ever do is think that you know enough. Never stop learning. Ever."

Do you really need to look that up?...

Aziz Azari Quit The Internet

Whenever you check for a new post on Instagram or whenever you go on The New York Times to see if there’s a new thing, it’s not even about the content. It’s just about seeing a new thing. You get addicted to that feeling. You’re not going to be able to control yourself. So the only way to fight that is to take yourself out of the equation and remove all these things.

If you want to feel progress, you have to track it...

How to Feel Progress - Jocelyn K Glei spent the past year thinking a lot about progress. Why we find it so deeply motivational, what happens when we forget to track it, and how we can dismantle creative projects into smaller parts to make progress palpable in the work that matters most.

Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And the more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run. Whether they are trying to solve a major scientific mystery or simply produce a high-quality product or service, everyday progress—even a small win—can make all the difference in how they feel and perform.
When we think about progress, we often imagine how good it feels to achieve a long-term goal or experience a major breakthrough. These big wins are great—but they are relatively rare. The good news is that even small wins can boost inner work life tremendously. Many of the progress events our research participants reported represented only minor steps forward. Yet they often evoked outsize positive reactions. Consider this diary entry from a programmer in a high-tech company, which was accompanied by very positive self-ratings of her emotions, motivations, and perceptions that day: “I figured out why something was not working correctly. I felt relieved and happy because this was a minor milestone for me.

The Power of Incremental Progress...

10X Your Results, One Tiny Action at a Time - Small, Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE”

In order to get what you want, you have to choose one direction and move towards it, constantly improving over a prolonged period of time.

Seth Godin says “The thing is, incremental daily progress (negative or positive) is what actually causes transformation. A figurative drip, drip, drip. Showing up, every single day, gaining in strength, organizing for the long haul, building connection, laying track — this subtle but difficult work is how culture changes.”

I'm here to help. Shoot me an e-mail chris@simplifyyourwhy.com and tell me what you're working on!