I have experimented with a number of different “productivity hacks” over the years and often come to the same conclusion: it is hard for me to game the system. Productivity, for me specifically, is really a product of hard work and focus.
Is stress bad?
My biggest challenge (at age 20) is focus. At least I think it is (I may be wrong).
Now, more than ever, I feel old. It felt like just last week I had graduated high school. It felt like yesterday I walked into school, an eager freshman excited for new challenges.
Over the past few months, I have taken dozens of flights, long bus/car rides, etc. And during them, I am practically always either listening to a podcast, audio book or some sort of music from Spotify.
One errant tendency I have tried to eradicate over the years is my inclination to over-complicate situations. Perhaps we all do it. Perhaps it is human nature. Nonetheless, though, it is often entirely unnecessary.
One big self-awareness learning I have had during my time abroad is that anxiety, worries, fears, etc. can follow you anywhere. I think there is this misconception that I have subscribed to for some time that external factors determine your emotional state.
One lesson that has constantly been reinforced throughout my life has been the value in working with the best people possible. While perhaps everyone strives for this, I am a huge believer in trying to surround yourself with top notch talent.
Les is mor.