As a new manager

The biggest change in thinking, as a new manager, is that your best work is not you doing your best work. Your best work is creating an environment for others to do their best work.

You don’t think about, “Am I moving fast enough?”

Instead, you now contemplate, “Am I removing obstacles so my team can move fast enough?”

The mindset shift of a manager

Growth equation

To make the growth equation work for you

  • Pick an area of your life.
  • Reflect on where you currently are and where you want to be.
  • Think about whether you ought to be in a state of stress—taking on just-manageable challenges—or in a state of rest, recovery, and reflection.
  • Align your behavior accordingly.
  • Check in every few weeks, just like you would for any other training program, and evaluate your progress.

This Simple Equation Can Change Your Life

Why Journal

Most of us don’t write anymore in that sense. We are so caught up in the “busyness” of doing everyday things that we don’t take a step back to reflect. We don’t think about our lives enough, and that is perhaps one reason why we remain stuck.


The truth is that we have so much on our minds nowadays that we can’t afford not to write (to reflect). It’s not more time we need. Chances are the more things we have on our minds, the less we are doing anything about them.


Keeping a Journal | Dazné
https://dazne.net/journal/

A simple system to capture your thoughts

Derek Sievers shares his approach to journaling and recording your thinking

Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals

For me regular journaling works better on paper but topic journals are great way to capture thoughts and ideas on topics that may be more random and scattered.

I definitely agree with recording thoughts in .txt to ensure long term accessibility.

One thing I’d add is light formatting using markdown syntax.

One at a time

The counterintuitive insight from all of this research is that the best way to change your entire life is by not changing your entire life. Instead, it is best to focus on one specific habit, work on it until you master it, and make it an automatic part of your daily life. Then, repeat the process for the next habit.

The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time

So obvious but so difficult to apply.