This is what I learned from this book:
- The two of the most important resources we have at our disposal are our time and our energy. Productivity comes when we are able to focus our energy at a given time. Often times, however, we use our time and energy without intention and mindfulness resulting in low productivity.
- If you don’t live with intentionality, you will be living in the intentions of others. Don’t let their intentions govern your life. Carroll defines intentionality as finding what you really want and acting to get it.
- Try this! Get a piece of paper. Divide the paper into three sections. On the first section, write down everything that you are currently working on. On the second section, write down everything that you should be working on. And on the last section, write down everything that you want to be working on. Give yourself about 15 minutes to finish the list. Now, ask yourself why each item matters to you and/or your loved ones. Is it necessary? What happens if you don’t do this? Start crossing off items and your list will contain what you need to do and what you want to do.
- Pros of writing things down on a physical notebook:
- Writing with a pen or a pencil on a notebook can give you a visceral experience that no digital tool can generate. This experience of analog itself is worth a try!
- Writing on a notebook takes more time than simply typing on a laptop. However, as you take time to process information, writing gives you time and space to think deeply.
- Handwriting forces us to engage with the information we are to take note of. It helps us to be intentional and mindful.
- Don’t obsess over the mistakes you made or may make. Aim for progress, not perfection. Practice imperfection.