Reading saves

I kicked off last year diving into self-help books and all those trendy non-fiction reads about dopamine and getting things done. I soaked up a bunch of information, some of it I already knew, and some were brand new. I did a ton of writing, picturing how everything would change for me. Then reality hit after my parental leave, and none of those insights seemed to fit into my real-life mould.

I’ve been preaching about tools like Obsidian MD, interstitial journaling, Todoist, and all that jazz, all of which helped me get back on track when life was really hard. But when life got busy again, like for real busy, making these strategies stick became a challenge. I felt kind of bummed out because, on the one hand, I was giving out advice on being productive and growing as a person, but on the other hand, I couldn’t seem to use that advice in my own life. I was really struggling, especially when it came to finding time to make YouTube videos. It’s not just talking in front of a camera; there’s brainstorming, scripting, editing, filming, and more.

I felt like I was stuck in a rut and falling back into bad habits. But here’s the thing: you don’t have to be stuck in one extreme or the other. I was bummed about not having enough time for videos, but then I realized there are other things I can do. Other things I used to love doing. I’ve been talking a lot about finding those tiny bits of time and doing something useful with them. Before, “useful” meant finding unique YouTube topics, but now I’m mostly back to reading fiction. I read on my phone during breaks, flip through paperbacks while waiting for my kids to doze off, and tune into audiobooks during my commute. I still use Readwise and Readwise Reader because I love learning and making notes. I still use Obsidian and Todoist.

At the beginning of the year, I had this big idea of becoming a ‘productivity guru.’ But guess what? That’s not my life, not the work I’m into, and definitely not the career I want. Living a full life isn’t just about work—it’s a part of it, sure, but not the whole picture. And my line of work was not really fit for “deep work” or time blocking. I answered the phone for eight hours and then I went home.

Now, you might be thinking, is this one of those “I’m back, and I’ll post all the time as a totally different person” deals? Not really. Life’s unpredictable, and I will probably fade into the background again. I’m in the middle of changing careers and I’m very excited. I still stand by the idea that doing something, even if it’s small, is better than doing nothing. And that’s why I’m writing this post. Because I love expressing myself and sharing my thoughts. Even when they’re half formed and not much will come out of it.

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  1. What a great surprise to see a post pop up on my RSS feed! Your excitement about being in the middle of a career change sounds wonderful. That is a big deal. Reading in those breaks in your busy life seems like a great choice, especially since you enjoy it. It’s great to hear what you are up to.

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