Putting Constraints - Issue #18

Hey guys, I hope you enjoyed last week’s Madness. There’s a lot more in store this week.

Good morning guys,

To start with: Ask yourself - Do you live with constraints in your day?

Constraints subjugate us to focus on what matters most to us. Constraints input various frictions in our daily systems which narrows down distractions or even eliminates them, but more importantly, it makes room for activities we enjoy doing.

In a deep dive conversation between Ali Abdaal and Khe Ry, the following was shared:

If you want a routine or structure, try to impose a constraint. I always struggled writing all my essays on Saturday but that led to arguments and losing valuable leisure time. But I’ve just hired a personal assistant and so my constraint now is that I have to get my email newsletter done by Thursday evening. Another way you can impose a constraint is to plan something on Sunday nights so that you force yourself to write it beforehand.

The idea of constraints works well with the concept of batching. I originally came across this concept in a book called the 4- Hour workweek by Tim Ferriss. To my understanding, batching is defined as:

the solution to our distracting but necessary time consumers, those repetitive tasks that interrupt the most important.

.Therefore, the idea of putting constraints in our day is a means of batching a single category of task that has become overwhelming to complete within the scope of a day or even few hours.

So, consider the idea of putting constraints through batching to get that all work done and not push back your work to the weekend.

Well, that’s all folks. Catch you next week.

Yours truly,


Stuff, I enjoyed from last week

  1. Podcast - Blake Mycoskie — TOMS, The Hoffman Process, Conscious Uncoupling, and Psychedelics (#446), part of my default activity that I like to entertain during my lunch break. I came across the Hoffman Process, which engender the idea as individuals we are victims of inter-generational abuse that has allowed us to emulate negative moods, behaviour and attitude from our parents or primary caregivers.

  2. Article - ’How to start a blog that changes your life, this article was refreshing and more importantly, a highlighting guide to better my process of representing my writing to the world. Few key takeaways from this: choose a platform that has better SEO output, writing longer pieces of work - something I’ve been contemplating for a while. Show regularity in the work you produce. I recommend checking this post out.

  3. What I’m currently learning - in the eventuality, to transfer my writing platform from WordPress to Webflow, I’m entertaining myself this weekend with the Webflow 101 Crash course.

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