Friday, August 25th, 2017. Issue #138
The Kaizen Approach to Achieving Your Biggest Goal (The Philosophy of Constant Improvement) | Medium
In a perfect world, by this time of the year, you would be halfway through your 2017 goals, right? Unfortunately, not many people can commit to a course of action to get what they want every year. The Kaizen philosophy can make it insanely easy to commit to that goal.

Whether you're working a traditional 9-to-5 gig or running your own business, we all struggle with productivity. For many this is a daily struggle. The good news? That struggle will be a thing of the past if you implement these 15 scientifically-proven methods for increasing your productivity.

“What’s the point?” “Why does this matter?” When your alarm clock starts buzzing, and your inbox is already packed with pressing requests, what pulls you out of bed and into your 8x10 cubicle? Paying the bills is a powerful motivator, but ultimately, it comes down to personal meaning.
Many text messages between my friends and me take roughly this form: “Are you busy tomorrow? We should do something.” That something often isn’t defined at the time. But when we arrive in each other’s physical presence, after we’ve caught up, eventually one of us has to ask: “So… what do you wanna do?”

Imagine someone telling you that you’re fooling everyone. That you’re not really that good at your job. That you’re simply making it up as you go along, and soon, your phoniness will be revealed for the world to see. What if that person was you? Enter: Impostor Syndrome.

If you want a job interview with Li Fan, head of engineering at Pinterest, you’ll need to wait until Friday. Fan categorises the types of meetings she takes by days of the week. Mondays are for large group meetings and Tuesdays are for speaking with people one-on-one.

You’re probably aware of the latte factor – the idea that your budget is blown not because of big purchases, but because you’re absent-mindedly indulging in an excess of $5 coffees. I was recently thinking about my time and productivity and I wondered if the same logic applied...
Grit. Resilience. Mental toughness. We hear a lot about them these days. But maybe we shouldn’t. Why? Because there have been good solutions to the underlying problem for about, oh, 2000 years. The ancient Stoic philosophers really knew what they were doing when it came to building mental toughness.
What is important to you? What should you spend more time on? What do you want to spend more time on? These are the questions that many have struggled with but this sheet can help you find those answers. As creative entrepreneurs, we can become distracted by the day to day details...

Stress is unavoidable in modern life, but it doesn’t have to get you down. Work, money and family all create daily stress, while bigger issues like politics and terrorism contribute to our underlying stress levels. But approach it the right way, and it won’t rule your life -- it can even be good for you.

A book I’m reading: Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life, by Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL. You cannot bounce back from hardship. You can only move through it. In this book, Greitens shows how we can build purpose, confront pain, practice compassion, develop a vocation, create happiness, and much more. 
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Until Next Week,
Thomas, Curator at Postanly
Thanks for your attention. Have an epic weekend!
Thomas · 17 Saxon Rd · London · England · SE25 5EQ · United Kingdom
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