I received Richard Farleigh’s Taming the Lion book. I wanted to relearn and restart my investing practice. Richard was a former Dragon in BBC Dragon’s Den show and a successful hedge fund manager. This purchase was a no-brainer for £4.
I finished the third run of week 2 from the C25K program. I felt pretty good.
I’m listening to The Art of Rest by Claudia Hammond audiobook borrowed from our local library. I’m enjoying the book so far. I realised that I can pair listening to audiobooks and my workout sessions to get more reading done in 2022.
I continued to read the Making It All Work. It’s a fascinating read. One thing that stuck with me today is customising my next-actions list. Since I’m working from home mostly, I have combined my At-Computer, At-Home & At-Office lists into the At-Home list.
I went for a good 45-minute walk on the treadmill. It felt good.
I have refreshed my Todoist setup for 2022. It’s clean and streamlined to slowly deploy my GTD system. No matter how many different task manager apps I try, I always come back to Todoist.
This year I’m challenging myself to read 25 books. I had an idea to read one book together with Safana. I wanted to be a better spouse I can and I purchased The Muslim Marriage Guide by Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood last year but never got around to reading it. The idea is for us to read the same book together, reflect and leave marginalia in the book for discussion as and when needed. This may help us in better understanding each other and make our marriage stronger.
Another book-related idea I got from the What Should I Read Next? podcast Episode 313, pick a tough book, like a thick or a dense book on a particular topic of your interest and read a set number of pages every day. I like this idea because this will help me to read classic novels that people including myself say they want to read but never get to read them.
I forgot we had Turkish Delight in the kitchen cupboard. I like Turkish Delight. This one has got hazelnut. I had one with pistachio which was awesome.
I gave Safana a 2022 diary and challenged her to write one thing she is grateful for or a moment she would like to remember from the day. I’m keeping one myself in my One Sentence A Day journal. It will be fun to reflect on our moments every now and then.
I started Week 2, Run 1 from the NHS C25K programme. I felt good finishing the run and looking forward to the next run in two days. After the run, I did 50 kettlebell swings with a 16kg kettlebell and now I’m feeling its after-effects on my lower back.
I plan to reflect on 3 good things from the day and share it here. This will help me to slow down and reflect on the good things that I can be grateful for. The intention is to inspire others to slowly build a diary of events that can enrich their lives.
Let’s rock and roll.
Safana cooked Lamb Keema and it was delicious.
Inspired by a post from Derek Sivers, I’m starting this series of daily reflections.
I had a good talk with my little sister. We talked about books, internet banking, and screen sharing capabilities of Microsoft Teams.
Inspired by the Science of Happiness podcast episode, I’m starting this practice of writing down three good things that went well that day and reflecting upon them for a minute or two? I look forward to this practice. This will help me focus on the positive things and develop gratitude without even thinking about it.
I shall be sharing them on my Micro.blog, and I welcome everyone to join the practice.
Today’s three good things:
I published the 4th edition of my weekly newsletter, The Musk. It feels good to reflect on the previous days and pick out things I am grateful for, lessons learned and areas of improvement. I’m just four weeks in. I can see myself trying this out for 4 more weeks and beyond.
I started this three good things practice. There’s a lot of research around the Three Good Things practice. I heard about this back in 2018 when I started listening to the Science of Happiness podcast. I did the exercise for a few days and totally forgot about it. Now, I think it is about time to reflect upon the good things that come to us and be grateful for them. Here’s the video of Dr Martin Seligman describing the process:
I had a good workout session. I mixed 10 minutes of jogging followed by 5 minutes of walking and alternated them for around 50 minutes. I felt energised after the session and felt really good to push myself for a bit.