Think About Your Identity First

As James Clears describes it in his book Atomic Habits when approaching new habits we normally go through a three-step process of results, processes and identity. Most of us go through these steps in a top-down approach. We first think of the results we want, like wanting to lose some weight. Then we think about our processes to achieve the desired results like choosing what diet to follow or what gym routine to try....

The Goal Of Habits Are Practices

When starting a new habit, it is fundamental to make things as easy as possible by removing any friction, creating systems, and modifying your surroundings to make the habitual action as easy as possible. For example, when building my running habit last year, putting on my shoes and going out the door wasn't easy. So, following expert advice, I started leaving my shoes close to the door and preparing my running gear the night before....

Keystone Habits

When starting to build new habits we must not fall for the trap of going all in all at once. It is OK to be super excited and motivated to improve yourself but if you don't manage your energy correctly you'll burn your fuel too quickly and homeostasis—our natural condition to resist change—will kick in throwing us back to the starting line but with an empty tank. We know it is better to start small....

Tiny Rockets

Friends have been asking me why we named our project Tiny Rockets. What do habit-building and community have in common with small space rockets? I'm glad you asked because they have a lot in common. First, let's talk about the rockets part. For us, a space rocket signifies the future and the road to improvement. Rockets are about dreaming big and aiming for the stars. Building habits is about fueling your internal rocket and fire you up to become better day after day....

How To Choose What To Read

As I've been struggling to choose what book to read next, I decided to use a process that has helped me a lot in the past but have never written down. So here it is, in case you find yourself in a similar struggle: Filter by age. Per the Lindy Effect the longer a book has been in print, the more timeless wisdom it contains. I try to only read books that have been in print for ten years or longer....

New Beginnings

Have you ever asked yourself why does the year start in January? Since the times of Julius Caesar the calendar was set to start in the month of Janus, the Roman god of all beginnings, transitions, and endings. How fitting this is, even in modern times. Rather than living life in a continuum with just two endpoints (birth and death), we get to split it into chunks. Every twelve months, after feasting and enjoying time with our loved ones during Christmas, we get a new opportunity....

Christmas Food and Happy Times

I love Christmas because of the food! Christmas is the time of the year that we all come together to prepare traditional dishes that are so laborious that we only make them once a year, if at all. In my multi-cultural and eclectic family—we're Venezuelan, Italian, and Latvian—this means a flavorful combination of pastries, cookies, and savory dishes. What follows is a chronology of all the Christmas food and family traditions I love and dearly miss because it’s the best culinary time of the year....

Productivity Systems Miss The Point

Knowledge workers put too much attention on "productivity" and "productivity systems".I know this because I'm guilty of it. Every day one has an endless amount of work but only limited mental and physical capacity. So we look for short-cuts, hacks, tricks—whatever you want to call them—in an effort to do more in the same timespan. Anything from the Eisenhower Matrix to David Allen's Getting Things Done to the more recent PARA method by Tiago Forte are all attempts to help us manage our physical, mental, and digital inboxes and do more stuff....

My Morning Ritual

My friends know that I'm passionate about coffee to the point of obsession. It's not that I have a caffeine addiction so powerful that I can’t get by without my daily cup of joe. If burnt Starbucks-like coffee is the only option, I'd rather go a day without any coffee at all. I like coffee because it's a nice hobby and part of my morning ritual since I was in middle school....

What To Write About

When the "Ship 30 for 30" challenge started I knew it would not be easy. Though I've been writing consistently for the last 8 months, when the "Ship 30 for 30" challenge began, I knew it would be difficult. 30 essays in 30 days, however short, requires consistent creativity Some days I have lots of ideas that I'd like to explore. Others, my mind is completely blank as if suddenly someone had my Evernote database 😰....