Hey there, it’s Naomi.
Welcome to another issue of Mind Your Bite. A weekly newsletter sharing resources & tools to help creators de-stress, stay mindful, and more productive with their creations.
By the end of this week, Mind Your Bite’s audience has grown to 109 subscribers. I’m absolutely stoked. It has been a great pleasure putting up this newsletter to help other creators find a little peace of mind each week.
As a little thank-you, I’m preparing a Notion database of 75 resources & tools to help you simplify your workflow and create more meaningful work.
It’s almost done now. Gonna make a couple of design tweaks to the design and send it to you next Sunday.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this week’s curations:
💡 3 tips for a perfect morning routine.
📰 4 interesting reads to get you thinking
What If You Could Do It All Over?
How to cure writer's block forever
The Fallible and Productive Knowledge Worker
The profound silence
🎙️ Newsletter Spotlight: The Rational Creative
🔨 1 resource to boost your productivity and creativity.
Without further ado, let’s dive right in!
💡 Idea of the week
3 tips to find a perfect morning routine
To put this upfront, I might not be the right person to tell you this. I struggle to stick to a morning routine myself.
That said, while experimenting with different morning routines this week, I find that developing a routine is easier when you see it as an experiment
You don’t have to stick with one routine at the first go. You can try it for a few days, and make a switch if it doesn’t work.
So here I want to share 3 tips to help you develop your perfect morning routine:
Tip 1: Do what excite you.
"Whatever excites you, go do it. Whatever drains you, stop doing it"
— Derek Sivers
The hardest part of setting up a morning routine is to make it stick.
When it comes to setting up a morning routine, people tend to mirror their idols.
The thing with mirroring the activities of others is it may put you on a high note for a few days but if it won’t excite you in the long run. And if it doesn’t excite you, it won’t stick.
So, allow yourself to be inspired. But develop your own routine. The best way to do it is to explore different options in the beginning until you find one that clicks.
Tip 2: Don’t pick up your phone in the first hour of the morning
"If you want to win the day, you have to win the first hour"
— Jim Kwik
Cliche advice I know. But there’s a whole bunch of truth behind it. As Jim Kwik explains in this video, the risk of picking your phone is:
It can train your brain to be distracted and it can train you to be reactive. Information keeps flowing in without filtering. As a result, you let the external sources direct your day and forfeit your ability to choose.
Just as important as picking the first thing to do in the morning, you need to find out what you shouldn’t do.
Tip 3: Write down your routines.
"Say yes to only 10 % of the opportunities"
— Greg Mckeown
This takes you less than a minute but gonna bring a tremendous benefit.
What you do is you make a list of potential morning routines. For every day of the next week (or every week of this month), you’re gonna try one routine.
Once you finish, write down in a notebook what you do along with some short phrases of how it makes you feel. (e.g. you can write a simple note “brilliant”, “okay”, “bad” or you can elaborate into a couple of sentences).
After one or a few weeks, sit down and reassess which activities show up most often. Do you have many “Brilliant” in a row? Bingo. Sure it’s the perfect morning routine you’re looking for.
Don’t feel stressed about setting a morning routine. Treat it like an experiment. Try a few, switch back and forth until you find your perfect morning routine.
📰 Interesting reads
I was reminded of the theory of the parallel universe as reading this article by Joshua Rothman. There are many possibilities where my life could end up to be.
Then I imagined a deity give me the wish to exchange life with another version of mine in a parallel universe.
My heart’s racing.
“But on one condition”, she said, “You must give up everything you have now, including your friends and family”.
Sometimes in life, it’s wise to admit:
“Much must be left unsaid, unseen, unlived.”
This is quite a long read (16 minutes). I suggest only dig in you’re free and in a contemplative mood.
There is much advice on writer’s block but David Perell’s is my favorite:
“Don’t write with a blank page”.
He argues, most of the writer’s writing happens outside the computer, in conversation, books, and life experiences.
So always stock your supplies in advance. Keep a note-taking system. By the time you sit down to write, you’ll have so much information you can’t help but write.
If you suffer from a constant creative block, I recommend heading over here to get a permanent cure.
Sometimes I prefer reading shorter text. They allow me a sneak peek into a writer’s inner world.
This piece by Shelby Smith, for example, introduces me to a dilemma where a productive worker is tempted by the beauty of the world.
What to prioritize: work or life?
It’s hard to concentrate on your work. But it’s even harder to realize the end goal of it all is to live a meaningful life.
What do you think Shelby will choose? Read this post to find out.
In his best-seller “7 habits of highly effective people”, Stephen Covey divides every task into 4 quadrants:
If you want to be successful, you need to invest most of your time in quadrant 2 activities. The important but not so urgent.
For most people, their side projects fall into this category but they don’t often have much time for it.
The key here is to work smarter, not harder.
This leads me to the question: “What is the best time to work on your quadrant 2 activities? How to work less but with higher quality?”
I find the answer is to look for the profound silence.
🎙️ Newsletter Spotlight
Rational Creatives | Daniel
Daniel’s newsletter is a few rare gems I found online. I’m really inspired by his idea:
Combining creativity & good judgment to thrive in the creative business.
If you like a newsletter sharing interesting resources which not only spark your creativity but also improve your rationality, be sure to give this one a try.
🐦 Best in Tweets
Less doomscrolling & more activities to spark joy.
There’s compound interest in everything you do. What little habits you can do each day to improve the quality of your life?
A thread of tools and software to automate tasks.
Why should you write online?
✍️ For creators
This Notion database by Vidya contains 50 tools and resources to help you with your productivity and creativity. A super useful dashboard. It might also inspire you to be more organized with your curated resources.
If you can only take one writing course online, go for this one. David Perell will send you a series of emails covering all aspects of writing from finding ideas to editing to attracting an audience. Just received my fourth email today. All gems so far. The best part, it’s FREE.
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