10 benefits from a 250 day streak on NotePD and reading (almost) 100 books
I learn a lot from others on NotePD, and also learn a lot in the process of writing here.
1. You overestimate what you can do in X time, but underestimate what you can do in Y
This can be from any time frame: from an hour to a day or a month to a year, or a year to a decade. I have known this expression for a long time but I am finally living it.
2. From others: the 12 week year
A recommendation to this book and concept. Feeling that there are "years" every 3 months is a great motivator and the time is compressed. It also means that I can look forward to doing something "next year"
3. Show up and do the work: you will get the results
This message is fairly universal. By keeping up with something every day you will get benefits. I have been heavily influenced by Beeple and his 5,000 Everydays and have mentioned that here.
4. Information grows in a graph: each recommendation and concept connects to many more, and new information can also connect back to information from the past
5. My "Idea Muscle" has grown tremendously
@JamesAltucher is exactly right!
6. I have changed the way I breathe
7. Goals that seem like a stretch can become possible one step at a time
I declared that I would read 100 books this year (including audiobooks). I thought that this would be a stretch goal but I changed my habits and have read 92 in less than 8 months.
8. Living "in public" is a powerful motivator
Typing something on the internet is enough to motivate me to do the work.
9. When you read and write a lot and also allow time to reflect it can have a powerful effect on your life
I have a dog that I walk 4-5 times a day. I always have the option of listening to audiobooks or music but the first walk in the morning I have mostly been listening and "meditating." This reflection time is valuable. I also take "micro reflection" times when I eat: no phones or beverages, just eat and enjoy the food.