Morning routine, bottlenecks, and more.

This is a list of some of my favorite articles I read this week.

medium.com: This Morning Routine will Save You 20+ Hours Per Week

Benjamin Hardy:

We all need to work within the constraints of our unique contexts. However, if you work best in the morning, you gotta find a way to make it happen. This may require waking up a few extra hours earlier than you’re used to and taking a nap during the afternoon.

I have the most energy and am most productive in the mornings. I do best when I tackle my difficult work in the morning, then checkin with my team. I do my admin work in the afternoon.

I typically exercise in the mornings, but I am testing out exercising in the middle of the day, before lunch, and then doing admin work in the afternoons. So far, I get more work done, and my runs have not suffered.

Read the post on medium.com.

sashadichter.com: Why New Strategies Come Up Short

Sasha Dichter:

Most of the time, our new strategies come up short not because we don’t have enough good new ideas, but because we’re scared to let go of the old ones.

This is happening in my industry. It’s something we face at Envoy too. I have to remind myself that I created a company because our competition was not evolving. If we don’t innovate, someone else will.

Read the post on sashadichter.com.

seths.blog: Bottlenecks

Seth Godin:

Figure out which parts of the approval process truly benefit from your unique judgment and skills, and which parts are merely your fear at work.

It’s hard to delegate something I am good at. I have to remind myself that I am good at it because someone else once delegated it to me.

Read the post on seths.blog.

www.apple.com: Apple News +

Apple:

Full access to hundreds of magazines and leading newspapers. All in one place.

I signed up for the free trial and will be writing a review about it once I gather my thoughts. I read a ton, and I hope this is as great of service as it sounds.

Read the post on www.apple.com.

www.macstories.net: A Complete List of All the Magazines Available for Apple News+ in the U.S. (So Far)

Federico Viticci:

To create this list, I manually opened each magazine and annotated whether its latest issue was using Apple News Format or the standard, PDF-like format. Magazines that support Apple News Format are labeled with "(ANF)" in the list. The split between Apple News Format magazines and standard magazines is fairly even: 125 magazines are using the richer Apple News Format in their latest issue, while 126 of them are relying on traditional PDFs (likely the format the old Texture service was using).

In simpler terms, this means that 49.8% of the magazines I counted in this list are using Apple News Format. As I wrote in my overview earlier today, I hope more and more publishers will switch to the mobile-friendly, more versatile Apple News Format in future issues.

On the Apple News + train…the native magazines are so much better than the PDF copies. I can’t wait to see more go that direction.

Read the post on www.macstories.net.

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Apple News +

I am so excited about this service, and I hope it continues to grow. 

I read a ton. I spent as much time reading magazines as my peers did playing video games.

Over time, that switched to blogs, and while there are plenty of great blogs out there, most don’t beat the experience and quality that comes from professionally published writing.

I will definitely be signing up.

What do you want?

Today is my 34th birthday, and I am in a reflective state.

New years, new months, new weeks, and birthdays inspire me to take a look at my live and think about the most important question we can ask ourselves.

What do I want?

This is not a selfish question. I believe it is actually a generous question because it will lead you towards considering more than yourself.

It is an exercise in intentionality, and your answer has the power to direct how you choose to live your live, the actions you take, and the people with whom you surround yourself.

I was in the bank the other day, and teller was in a poor mood.

“Hi how are you?” I asked.

“Just another day,” he mumbled.

This breaks my heart. Our days should not be like this. Granted, we can’t do everything we want, but we can do something we want.

So what do you want?

When to get new tools.

My favorite line from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” is:

Perhaps we should never produce a new suit, however ragged or dirty the old, until we have so conducted, so enterprises or sailed in some way, that we feel like new men in the old, and that to retain it would be like keeping new wine in old skins.

How often do we spend time obsessing over new stuff? We scour the internet looking for the latest and greatest. What has someone else thought of that I can use?

Instead, we need to look at what we are actually doing. Is there anything we can’t do at all because we are being held back? It’s way better to upgrade out of necessity than it is to upgrade because something might make us better.

I need to take this advice seriously myself.

You’ll figure it out.

If you have worked on a team with me, you have heard me say this to you, and I thoroughly believe it.

We all possess the ability to figure out how to make happen what we want to happen. Maybe the first time (or the first ten times) doesn’t work. But eventually, you’ll get it.

The hard part about figuring it out is you’re doing something you’ve never done before. And just like learning, facing this is difficult. It takes a ton of confidence to tackle our uncompetence and know it’s only temporary.

And as a leader, the best thing you can do to inspire growth is to look someone in the eyes and tell them, “I believe in you. You’ll figure it out.” 

Leading is coaching.

The longer I lead a business, the more I realize it’s like coaching.

You create the strategy you believe will help you win.

You select the team who will get you there.

You give people practice.

You assign positions.

You put people in roles based on their attitude and ability to perform.

You make adjustments based on what happens in real time.

Everyone on the team must want to be there, want to put in the work, and want to win.

If there are people on the team who just show up, they won’t help the team win.

If there are people on the team who actively work against the game plan, they won’t help the team win.

If there are people on the team who want someone else’s position so badly they stop performing their role, they won’t help the team win.

When someone on the team is falling behind, but wants to do better, you help them out.

When someone who typically performs well makes an error, you give them a chance to work it out.

When you are losing it’s your fault. When you are winning, it’s your team’s success.

As a coach, you can’t play. You can only work for your team to give them the best opportunity to win. After that, it’s out of your hands. You’re a coach not a player.