128: Values

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Annual Review series, part 2.

Last week we discussed how to structure goals. Today, we discuss how to select your goals in the first place.

It starts with deep self-knowledge. Truly understanding the things about you, what motivates you, what excites you, what makes you tick, and also what you dislike and despise. Not the things that everyone will nod their head at, but the things particular to you.

When you write down what you really are like, it suddenly becomes clear which things are important, and which ones merely seemed like a good idea.

127: Burst Projects vs Keystone Habits

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Annual Review series, part 1.

Sometimes you stumble upon a project that excites and engages you so much, it gives you what feels like superhuman power. We discuss how to foster the right environment for such projects to appear in your life.

We also explore the subject of focus. We're much better at doing hard things sequentially than all at once. Well… most things. Some — keystone habits — only work if you do them with high consistency.

And so we present a new template for planning goals for the year. Either as burst projects (high intensity, short duration), or keystone habits (low intensity, high consistency). But not long, stretched out projects layered on top of each other.

Feel free to follow us on twitter: @MSliwinski and @radexp

126: Inbox Non-Zero

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How to become less addicted to notifications and badges.

The thing is: they're designed to make us react. Every time we see there's a new message, we check it out. And thus it becomes a compulsive behavior we cannot stop (we're just humans after all). We can reduce our exposure to the trigger (have less notifications), but how do we fix the root cause?

Feel free to follow us on twitter: @MSliwinski and @radexp

123: So Good They Can’t Ignore You

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Just follow your passion, right? … No.

Unless you’re already highly skilled at something you’re passionate about, following your passion will only drive you to be miserable. To get a great job you can feel passionate about, you must first have something rare and valuable to give. You must be so good they can’t ignore you.

A much better idea: Follow your curiosity.

119: The Polyglots

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The story of how Michael and Radek learned English, German, and other languages. Michael's way was to watch lots of movies and sing lots of songs. Meanwhile, Radek plugs in historical spaced repetition learning data from his very first magic spreadsheet (again!).

118: More Than Good Enough

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After a few months of heavy iPad use, Radek admits: despite its (obvious) flaws and limitations, iPad Pro is a surprisingly good computer.

There's still ways to go, but with some determination and a shift in mindset, there are very few things you can't do on an iPad.

116: App of the Reunion

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Like every half a year, we reunite in one physical location, this time: Wrocław. We talk about learning languages, beers, Taiwan, and the low-carb diet.

110: Non-Violent Communication

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Today, we discuss Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg: Resolving conflicts with other people, taking responsibility for your own life, finding empathy for yourself.

PS. Apologies for being not one, but two weeks late!

109: Workflow to the rescue

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Taking iOS automation up to eleven.

Featuring: making Magic Spreadsheet work on iPhone using Workflow, smart checklists in Nozbe, journaling Workflows, Automator on the Mac, URL schemes, and finally… how Radek made an iPhone day planning app by stringing together two different apps with Workflow.