In the past few weeks I have had an enormous amount of realization about how to organize the priorities in my life. It stemmed from the book I’m currently reading: Atomic Habits. In a portion of the book James Clear discusses environmental design and how changing friction, or the number of steps involved in a given action, can help you accomplish the goals that are important to you. Clear made a claim that has stuck with me since reading the book, “disciplined people are better at structuring their lives in a way that does not require heroic willpower and self-control. In other words, they spend less time in tempting situations.” Up until implementing this I was very undisciplined; I would make goals but would never follow up, start projects and never finish them, and mainly be prone to distractions easily.
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
Published by: Little, Brown and Company on January 11, 2005.
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Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink is about snap judgements that occur within the first two seconds of cognition, without us even realizing it. Gladwell uses many case studies throughout the book to investigate how rapid cognition occurs in the “locked door of our unconscious.” The way he presents the case studies as a story made the flow between studies smooth and easy to read. By relating the case studies back to one another, he reminds the reader that the power of the unconscious is applicable in many different situations ranging from diagnosing the strength of a marriage to executing military strategies.
When I first became interested in using computers, I would often research: valuable computer skills to have. However, I quickly found that pretty much every list of “valuable” computer skills were just résumé fillers like Excel, Powerpoint, Quickbooks, and so on. They’re good business skills to have, but they don’t necessarily turn you into a computer wiz. In response to this, I decided to create a sequential list that will make you tech-savvy enough so that when problems arise, you’ll be able to solve them quickly and efficiently.