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Patience + Persistence

Getting what you want is much simpler than you imagine.

You don’t need to find a magic hack. You don’t need to stress day in and day out. You just to need start doing something today that will lead you in the direction of your goals and stick with it for as long as it takes.

You need to be patient; you need to be persistent.

Lots of people have patience. They are willing to wait around all day for someone to give them an opportunity, but patience alone is not enough if they won’t invest time or energy into anything unless it is immediately rewarded. They are happy waiting, but afraid of working.

You need more than just patience; you need patience and persistence. Patience in knowing that big results and great opportunities will come your way and persistence in sticking with the small daily actions that grind you slowly towards your goals.

No matter what you want in the future, you can always a way to translate it into actions that you can take today to start moving closer to it. If your patient and persistent you will always find yourself moving towards your goals and creating a better future.

Perspective and Digital Work

When you are building a wall it is very easy to see your progress on any given day. As soon as you step away you can see exactly how much new wall you’ve put up. You know how successful each day has been.

But the end of the day is different when you are doing Knowledge work. You close your laptop at the end of the day and whether you have had the most productive day of your life or the worst day, nothing is different about your physical environment.

As humans, we get a lot of natural fulfillment in relationship to our environment. There is something deeply satisfying about building something physical that is much harder to capture with digital work.

As a result of this intangibility that comes with digital work, to feel happy and satisfied at the end of the day is as much about perspective as it is about actual results.

If you leave your work at 7 pm thinking about the items that are still on your to-do list, you will have a feeling of incompleteness.

If you leave work at 7 pm thinking about all the things that you got done during the day you will likely feel lighter and more satisfied.

For me, and most people I know, the natural tendency is to focus on the stuff that didn’t get done. The things left on your to-do list, instead of what you’ve crossed off. But if you continue this day after day you will eventually get beat down by a feeling of failure.

To maintain results and confidence, the better option is to consciously choose to take time at the end of them to focus on what you got done. To review your wins for the day so the feeling that lingers as you go into your evening is one of accomplishment and not failure.

Investing a few minutes at the end of each workday to review your wins and plan your most important work for the next day, helps you gain perspective on the intangible results of digital work. Writing out your key tasks allows you to release yourself from the anxiety of worrying what you need to start the next day with.

My Two Best Purchases This Year

Sometimes small purchases can make a massive difference in your day to day life. Things that you buy for less than you spend on eating out each week, but so seamlessly fit into your life that it makes you wonder how you ever lived day to day before.

I’ve made two of these purchases recently.

Roost Stand (+ a Keyboard and Mouse)

I’ve been working on a laptop full time for the past two years and experiencing back and neck aches for a decent amount of that time. I knew that it probably wasn’t the best thing for my back, but I travel a ton and without a permanent home there was no place to get an external monitor, so I just accepted life with an aching back as necessary.

Then one day I was reading a travel blog for a potential guest for the World Wanderers where the blogger recommended the Roost Stand, a simple plastic contraption that raises the height of your laptop but is made of plastic and folds up making it perfect for travel.

I got one, along with an external keyboard and mouse and it has been a total game changer for my back. I naturally sit with better posture now and I’m not exaggerating when I say that 90% of my back pain is gone.

It is a little expensive for a small plastic stand (and you can find cheaper knockoffs on Amazon), but the amount of value it has added to my life has been staggering.

If your interested, I use the Apple Magic keyboard and a Logitech M705 Mouse.

Paste 2

The second thing is a $10 app for Mac that stores the last 100 things you have copied.

I am late to the game on using a clipboard booster, I’ve obviously heard of them before, but never made the jump to try one. Now, I seriously don’t think I could go back to life without one.

It is simple but it makes life so much better when everything you have copied for the few days is available to you.

You can also set it up so that screenshots go there as well, instead of clogging up your desktop and you can save snippets that you use regularly like you would with Text Expander.

You can probably find some free versions out there, but the $10 for Paste is one of the best $10 investments you will make in your life.