Dean's Notes (Feb 2022)

Win the Battle of Today—Yesterday

January was kinda a mess for most people. You've set new goals and plans. But it takes time to know if they are the right ones for you.

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That said, there's no rush. Take the time to flesh—and test—things out. When they become clear, eliminate the non-essentials and get hyperfocused on what matters most.

Here are my priorities in 2022:

  • Grow—both skills and income—at AppSumo
  • Write more (tweets, blog posts, newsletters, etc.)
  • Generate X in revenue for Wolo Yoga
  • Get a six-pack abs (lean down to 10-13% body fat)
  • Get pregnant

I don't weigh them equally. If you have multiple priorities, it's crucial to find out how significant they are in relation to each other to manage your attention effectively.

. . .

Having clear goals are great! But what's more important is to have routines that help you perform at your best every day.

Think morning routine.

With time, I figured that an evening routine is equally important, if not more, as a morning routine. And I've written a post to explain why, plus a few tips on how to design your evening routine.

Read my latest article now

I'd love to hear from you

Do you have an evening routine? What do you do to wind down? How was it different for you when you stuck to your evening routine vs when you don't?

I'd love to hear about your experiences and insights and possibly share them with other readers here.

Simply reply to this email and let me know.

Book of the month

The World's Fittest Book↗ by Ross Edgley

Summary in 100 words or less: Human fitness is complex—instead of methods, master the principles. Start building general physical preparedness: squat, lunge, jump, climb, press, and throw. To improve, aim for progressive overload: gradually increase in weight, volume, intensity, frequency, or time training. Have a specific goal (avoid mixed goals) whenever you train. When you consume more calories than you burn, you gain weight. When you consume less than you burn, you lose weight. Plan your macros and nutrient intake other than calories intake based on your goal. Optimize your sleep—it's the most effective rejuvenating tool we have readily available to us.

A couple of notes

Decide Like a Pro↗ It is not just about what we repeatedly do—our success is rooted in how we repeatedly decide. The good news? Great decision-makers are not born, they are built.

How Much Do You Need to Be Financially Independent?↗ The amount required for financial independence may not be as large as you initially imagined. Here's a step-by-step walkthrough of how you can find how much you might need.

How to Be Fit at 100↗ If some people manage to be in great shape past 80 or even 90 years old, it means there is a way to do it. Be specific with your goals at 100, and then, work backward around the four pillars of fitness.

Life is Short↗ If life is short, we should expect its shortness to take us by surprise. And that is just what tends to happen. You take things for granted, and then they're gone.

Why Rich People Avoid Consumerism↗ The truly rich people are owners. They own assets, businesses, and debt. They are often lending money to individuals and organizations instead of borrowing it to buy consumer products.


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