Mastering Upstream Habits
The power of upstream habits, inspired by James Clear, to create a ripple effect of positive change. Insights from The Myth of Sisyphus and Shoe Dog.
I hope you've had a great week.
What I've made for you
Book notes—The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
I can appreciate Camus' stance. The work is the reward.
The book was interesting, but I was mostly eager to read the last chapter - about the myth and his exposition thereof.
Book notes—Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
I enjoyed reading Shoe Dog. Good read with a few golden nuggets.
Cultivate good upstream habits
This is a pretty interesting idea I stumbled upon while listening to James Clear and Tim Ferriss talk about habits
Consider habits that are "upstream" of other things you want.
For example, doing a workout can make you more prone to do good stuff for yourself for the rest of the day.
I know this from myself: I'm less likely to eat unhealthy foods or overeat.
Likewise, if I get enough sleep, I'm less likely to make poor dietary choices, procrastinate (poor life choices), etc.
Meditation is also a common example.
You can consider these the "lead dominoes" that trigger other good habits.
The quality of your actions & behavior is really won the day, month, years before.
Just do the smallest viable thing — just show up. Create momentum to make progress.