Are you living by default?

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👋 Idea of the week

In the book Essentialism, Greg Mckeown mention the idea of living by design and default.

  • Living by design means accepting the fact that you have a choice and can create space for what matters most to you.

  • Living by default means forfeiting your ability to choose and letting things happen as you go.

Everything in life operates either by design or default.

A good example is when you try to develop a daily habit. If you decide to mediate more but don't determine when and how to do it, chances are you will skip most of the sessions.

On the other hand, if you block out 10 minutes every morning to mediate, you're more likely to make a streak and form the habit.

The key here is to take initiative in designing your action.

As in developing a habit or anything in life, if you can put it on schedule or adjust the environment to facilitate the act, you're more likely to commit to it. You'll also experience more fulfilment during the process.

🚀 On productivity

In the fascinating book Einstein's Dream, I came across this idea of mechanical and body time:

“In this world, there are two times. There is mechanical time and there is body time. The first is as rigid and metallic as a massive pendulum of iron that swings back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. The second squirms and wriggles like a bluefish in a bay. The first is unyielding, predetermined. The second makes up its mind as it goes along.”

I find myself more of a mechanical time person. I like to work on schedules and operate by the clock.

But I feel the body time matters too. It is the time of indulgence, relaxation, without worries of the future.

I want to design my day to incorporate the body time.

Like in the morning, I can operate by the clock with schedules and everything since it's essential to get things done.

By night, I want to follow the body time with more relaxing activities. I can be a little dreamy, or practice thinking, or simply lying down and doing nothing.

🗒 On note-taking and writing

How To Take Smart Notes: 10 Principles to Revolutionize Your Note-Taking and Writing

"Writing is not only for proclaiming fully-formed opinions, but for developing opinions worth sharing in the first place." — Tiago Forte.

Most people think writing happens as a result of thinking.

The opposite is true.

Writing is the medium for thinking.

Ideas emerge as you take notes on what you read.

Learning to take notes effectively not only improves your thinking but also make you a clearer writer.

Learn more.

✨ On Creativity

10 years with Hayao Miyazaki

I was introduced to this documentary this week while reading The Third Something Newsletter.

It’s a fascinating documentary on many levels. But what impresses me most is Yayao Miyazaki’s drawing process.

Instead of writing a script, he starts with images.

He loosely draws what comes up in his mind.

Only after he had finished with the images that he started to draw the storyboard for production.

I find this process similar to writing.

It doesn’t begin when you know clearly what you’re going to write. Most often, it starts with an idea. As you write, the full picture emerge.

So a piece of advice is:

When you have ideas, you should write it down.

You shouldn't wait until it become full-fleshed.

In fact, worrying only furthers procrastination.

If you follow curiosity, you might just stumble upon the hidden gem.

⛏️ Creator’s Toolkit


A great tool to read and take notes on your favorite articles. Surprising how my concentration improves. write my thoughts at the left-hand corner at the same time of reading. it’s like having a conversation with the author. If you’re looking for a tool to improve your reading efficiency or archive favorite reads, don’t miss out on this.

100 Landing Page Hot Tips

Does writing landing page give you headache? Check out FREE email series of 100 hot landing page hot tips! I’ve had it in my inbox for nearly a month but only opened on friday. I got to devour all the emails in one go. It’s hard to stop — you’ll feel like you’ve found best stuff online. It’s better than any design or copywriting course you’ve ever checked.

That’s it for the week.

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