As time seems to be slipping through our fingers sometimes, it may be difficult to squeeze in some time that is dedicated to learning new things and personal development. I’m all for life improvement and I love reading more about it. However, I know that some of you may feel like you don’t have the time or just don’t know where to start. Thus, this post featuring a round up of my favourite life improvement articles, podcasts, books, videos and posts is something I want to start posting more on my site!
In Robin Sharma’s The 5AM club (book notes here), he mentioned this idea of Traffic University. This resounded with me and has been something that I’ve been doing for a while now. Commuting time can add up, and I know it is tempting to take the time to zone out, listen to music or watch some videos. However, dedicating some time to reading an interesting article or watching a quick little video on self growth and lifestyle design could have tremendous benefits.
If you read Darren Hardy’s The Compound Effect (book notes soon!), you’ll realise that any action, no matter how small, will compound. It just ultimately leads to a positive or a negative final outcome in the end. Taking a few minutes off your commute to focus on yourself will greatly benefit you in the long run.
So, I have decided to post these little round ups where I compile my recent favourite article, podcast, video, blog post and book. Hopefully this list can give you some inspiration as to what to watch, listen to or read while getting stuck in traffic or travelling on public transport. These posts can be a starting point to help you start reflecting and thinking about your daily life. However, as always, it’s important to always read and absorb everything with a grain of salt and figure out what applies to you (and what doesn’t!).
If these lists are something that you enjoy, please do let me know in the comments and share them!
Article (5 Mins):
What’s the difference between an ideal and a goal? In this article, there is a goal measurement strategy named The Gap and The Gain. How you view your success is key to your journey towards your goals and ideal. Instead of focusing of how far you are from your ideal, focus on how much progress you’ve made since you started.
This article was really useful for me, especially since I have been attempting to get leaner and more toned. On days when I feel unmotivated or discouraged as my body doesn’t seem to be improving the way I want it to be, thinking about how far I’ve come in terms of cardiovascular efficiency and strength helps me feel motivated and inspired to keep going.
Podcast (10 Mins):
The #1 Reason People Fail at 30-Day Challenges by Steve Pavlina on Personal Growth & Self Actualisation
Why do so many people fail at their 30 day challenges (or new years resolutions)? It may not be entirely due to the lack of discipline. The ultimate reason is having vague commitments. I definitely understand this. For example, I’ll write down in my schedule to work on the website. What does that mean? Draft up a post? Take and edit more pictures? Work on the html of the site? There is no clear direction. Having a crystal clear commitment with specific trackable steps is key to achieving and crushing your goals.
Blogpost (4 Mins):
A good post explaining the need for us to get comfortable with the discomfort in our lives. It isn’t easy to push ourselves out of our comfort zones as we avoid venturing into unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations. However, that means we don’t grow and we don’t really live our life with purpose. This article is great starting point to reflect about venturing out and acknowledging that stability and comforts isn’t going to get us to where we really want to be.
Video (5 Mins):
This video talks about our end-all thinking, where we focus on our end goal instead of enjoying and focusing on our journey instead. This could result in mental exhaustion and disappointment. Despite the title, there are five ways mentioned in this video to help us think about what we’re doing every single day and how it impacts our journey. I like the insights from this video as I do believe that what we do every single day compounds eventually to help us achieve our goal.
I hope you enjoyed my little round up! If you have any article(s), podcast and other suggestions for me, please share them with me!
Which post was your favourite? Share with me below!