Charles Darwin and Deciding Your Energy

Powerful in short bursts

Charles Darwin wrote the Origin of Species.

The book is one of the most influential books ever written and belongs in the same league as many religious texts, like the Bible.

You may wonder how he wrote it.

If we believe most of the fluff stories out there, you have to work like a madman. You have to “hustle” and “grind.” There is no time for reflection; you have to document everything and show the world you “put in work.”

Darwin must have spent 18 hour days “crushing it,”right?

Wrong.

Charles Darwin wrote it only spending 3 hours a day. He used his energy with focus.

Consistent power in concentrated bursts can change the world.

There is more than one way to skin a cat.

Make Your Bed – It Helps

Make Your Bed - It Helps

A two-minute decision that powers your morning

I never made my bed.

I didn’t because I thought it a waste of time.

“No one is coming back to this but me, and I am just going to ruin it anyway.”

The underlined passage above affected my day. As a result, I engaged in self-defeated talk. The self-defeated talk took away my agency every morning. Starting off the day with an excuse is a powerful way to stay ineffective.

I noticed something shift after deciding to make my bed after hearing this:

I always wondered why the Army movies emphasized making your bed. It didn’t come together for me, however, until I watched this video.

After a few days of taking on the simple task of making my bed, I saw the points that Admiral McRaven make come true.

The most powerful thing has been the last point about the power of just seeing a nice bed after a rough day. 

Coming home to a made bed gives you a reason to think about a better day. A messy bed, rather, reminds you of inefficiencies.

Little things can make you feel powerful. Take advantage.