I hope you’ve had a great New Years celebration! I don’t always have a big celebration (usually just with family and in bed not long after midnight) but I think we all need that refreshing feeling of starting a new year without all the weight of the previous one. Hope you all dream big and take action in the new year! I’m looking forward to creating some great content this year, being more IDGAF in general and taking more actions that take me in the right direction.
My podcast listening really ramped up this year. Here’s a list of what I’ve been loving:
The High Low
A really entertaining British (so I miss some of the references) podcast with two journalists who are quite on top of recent pop culture and news. They thoroughly review what’s going on and have insightful conversations, and recommend things to listen/watch/read. Nice for listening to on the commute or while cooking.
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Really long and intense conversations with Dax and his various friends / colleagues. Some of them are quite long so be prepared for that but I really liked the episode with Lena Dunham particularly. It’s generally about life and various things, no real focus but quite engaging and interesting.
The Minimalists Podcast
One of my favourite podcasts to listen to, nice 30-60 min episodes about how minimalism works in various aspects of your life. Not much else to say - it’s really good and they give great advice and stories to the question-askers.
On the Line with Estee Lalonde
I’m not a big fan of her youtube channel but her podcast episodes are quite interesting to listen to. Some of them seem to pander to trends that I’m not really into but some conversations with real experts are refreshing to listen to, and they actually debunk a lot of social trends with actual evidence! See the episode with Anjali Mahto in particular!
I’ve only listened to a few episodes, but the Snapchat Thief was the one that got me hooked. Great tech-related stories and investigations, quite funny and I really like how they conduct research/experiments!
Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Years
This is a closed series that’s ended now, but a really entertaining listen about great inventions that transformed the world (that you wouldn’t expect). Nice for a road trip, because come on, we all love Stephen Fry.
You overestimate what you an achieve in a year and underestimate what you can achieve in 10 years.
When we set new years resolutions, we set a deadline for ourselves, which is 1 year. (often it’s 2 months, because after that we tend to give up).
As humans that are now quite accustomed to short term rewards over long term, we want results sooner rather than later.
It’s hard for us to realise and accept that small activities done consistently is much easier to maintain and continue than large changes in one sudden go.
We are creatures of habit - changing them takes effort and TIME.
If you look back to where you were 10 years ago, a LOT has probably changed without you consciously trying.
What is possible to achieve in 10 years?
It’s pretty simple math. You multiply an effort, no matter how small, by the frequency you will have done something for 10 years.
I'm on track to read 52 books this year. In 10 years, I’ll have read 520 books.
I try to exercise or be active 2-3 times a week. In 10 years, I’ll have done 1300 workouts.
I try to complete a small-to-medium creative side projects about once every two months. In 10 years, that’s a portfolio of 60 projects; far more than actually goes into a polished portfolio required for a job interview.
I study a new language, putting in about 1-2 hours a week. In 10 years, I’ll have studied that language for 780 hours.
In one year, we always overestimate what is possible to change/transform. In extreme cases it’s possible, but you need resources, time and considerable motivation. Without all these driving forces, it can be incredibly hard to build new habits or make changes that you want to make.
Instead of focussing on what you want to achieve in a year, which could be extremely difficult, think 10 years ahead. Think about how each small step you make will accumulate and build (sometimes exponentially for some things) and how much of a positive change all that accumulated effort will make. It will make it a bit easier to get out of bed and go to the gym, to cook that extra meal once a week or to cut out that extra cup of coffee. 10x anything makes it seem a lot bigger and that will help motivate you to do something, no matter how small it is.
Imagine if you could make a real difference in the world and set into motion sustainable, economic and ethical changes.
I've recently become more and more convinced that if I want things to change, it has to start with me and you. It has to start with taking control of the infinite small decisions we make everyday, and make conscious, thoughtful decisions in our daily lives. It has to start with taking little steps and just a little extra effort everyday.
It starts with us.