The first 3 hours of your day can dictate how your life turns out. And this often begins with the very first thing that you decide to put in your brain. You can either start you day with junk food for the brain (the internet, distracting apps, etc) or you can start the day with healthy food for the brain (reading, meditation, journaling, exercising, etc). When you start the day with junk food for the brain, you put yourself at a self imposed handicap that inhibits your ability to get into flow and prevents you from doing deep work. When you start the day with health food for your brain, the exact opposite happens.
I start my day with junk food for the brain, the quality of the day
goes down. I’m less happy, focused, and productive. I spend a ton of
time on the internet and don’t get any real work done. But if I start my
day with health food for the brain, I find that my mood is better, I’m
happier, more focused and productive.
Why Junk Food for the Brain is Toxic
you woke up in the morning, smoked a cigarette, ate 2 donuts, and
washed it down with 2 cups of coffee, it wouldn’t be surprising that
your physical performance is subpar. You’re probably not going to go out
and run 2 miles or win a prize fight after that kind of breakfast.
when it comes to our brain, we’re not nearly as mindful about the idea
that we should treat the information we consume like the food we eat.
you wake up you’re in this theta alpha state and you’re highly
suggestible. Every like, comment, share, you get this dopamine fix and
it’s literally rewiring your brain. What you’re smart device is doing
especially if that’s the first thing you grab when you wake up and
you’re in this alpha theta state, is rewiring your brain to be
distracted.” — @Jim Kwik
If we start our days by checking email, instagram, or the internet, we keep reinforcing the behavior of distraction until it becomes our new habit. Some of the smartest behavioral scientist and designers in the world have worked really hard to make sure that their products are addictive, habit forming, and only provide you with a temporary sense of fulfillment so the you are always jonesing for your next fix.
And a significant amount of what’s on the internet is nothing more than junk food for the brain.
Why Healthy Food for the Brain is So Powerful
you woke up in the morning and had a really healthy breakfast, that
revitalized and energized you, you’d likely hit the gym or a morning run
expecting to be at your peak. The same goes for our brains.
When we start the day with health food for the brain, instead of a self imposed handicap, we give ourselves a massive competitive advantage. On the days when I religiously follow through on the 8-step daily routine that allowed me to write multiple books and 100’s of articles, my productivity goes through the roof, flow happens effortlessly, and I end up doing a lot of deep work. The idea for this article was actually the result of giving my brain some health food to start the day.
I did 20 minutes of meditation
I did almost an hour of reading
I wrote in my journal for 30 minutes
When I turned on my computer, I blocked distractions and started writing.
you start the day with health food for your brain, you don’t end up
depleting your willpower, and as a result you get more done in far less
So how exactly do you start the day with health food for
your brain? To wean ourselves off of junk food for the brain, we have to
actually replace it with something else.
Don’t use your devices in the morning
distract us whether they are on, off, in our pockets, or on a table,
and they command our attention even when they are not our own. The best
solution for preventing smartphone distraction is to remove it from the
picture altogether — Steve Magness
refrigerator or pantry is filled with junk food, you’re going to be much
more likely to eat it. Same goes for your devices. If you turn them on
first thing in the morning, you’re going to be much more likely to give
into the sources of distraction that they make accessible. The only
thing that I use my phone for in the morning is a 20 minute meditation
with the Calm app. After that, I take it out of the room I’m working in.
Set aside 20 minutes to meditate
as we know it occurs in the space between stimulus and response. An
event happens and we make it mean something. But this happens so fast
that we don’t question the validity of the meaning we’ve assigned to an
event, situation or circumstance. The way to take control of the meaning
is to slow that process down, and the way to slow that process down is
I have a natural tendency to overreact or make
situations more stressful than they really are. But as my meditation
practice has deepened, I’ve noticed a profound energetic shift. Many of
the things that would have previously rattled me don’t. On the mornings
that I follow through with my 20 minutes of meditation, I’m able to
focus more easily, and I don’t crave sources of distraction nearly as
The most successful people I’ve interviewed on Unmistakable
Creative, all of the peak performance books I’ve read, spiritual
teachings, and many billionaires all reference the role that a daily
meditation habit is played in their life. That was convincing enough
evidence for me to make it a daily habit.
Read books, not the internet
we read on the internet, we tend to scan more than we read. How often
do you sit around at a dinner party discussing the amazing article you
read on the internet? Almost all of my ideas for what I want to write
about have come from books. Almost none of them have come from reading
articles on the internet. I’ve even found in my cases that when I read a
physical book that I previously read on Kindle, I tend to get far more
value out of it.
Years ago when I interviewed Julien Smith,
he said “I don’t read blogs. I read books.” And he had one of the most
popular blogs on the internet. I stopped reading blogs, started reading
books, and as a result became a more prolific writer. After watching the
prolific career that Ryan Holiday
has built, and observing his reading habits, I decided to follow his
lead. Believe me the irony that you’re reading this on the internet is
not lost on me.
Do 1 hour of Deep Work
hour of deep work is a form of self care. It’s incredibly fulfilling.
It’s an affirmation to yourself and to the universe that you value
yourself and your time. You can accomplish extraordinary things in just one focused hour a day of uninterrupted creation time.
With deep work, you get disproportionate results from your efforts.
It’s the 80–20 rule at work. 80% of your output will come from 20
percent of your effort.
Just some food for thought. When I started
writing this article I set my distraction blocker for 45 minutes. As I
wrote this sentence I decided to do a check on my word count and
realized I’d written over 1200 words in about 35 minutes. That’s what
happens when you combine flow and deep work together
One last thing to consider. What are you really getting out of checking Facebook, Instagram, or anything on your phone when you wake up in the morning? Is it making you happier or more successful in any way at all? If you added up all the time you possibly waste over the course of a year on this behavior, it’s likely you could write a book, build a business, or learn an instrument, all of which are going to do far more for the quality of your life than the temporary dopamine fix your phone provides.
If you say start typing a couple more times than your competitor, you’re going to confuse a robot and the algorithm will rank you #1.
There’s no tricks…
Just a lot of opinionated people who aren’t very technical, offering lots of bad content about how to get traffic.
Usually everyone PAYS to play.
But if you don’t pay… you can earn traffic by simply typing and blogging on other websites.
Seriously, it’s like you will start ranking for “start typing to get traffic.”
Most people don’t realize if you start typing to get traffic, you will get traffic because robots will have ranked you for start typing.
Notice, we can do different things, like say get traffic and start typing. They key is I’m doing something… I’m doing more than nothing, I’m doing more than scrolling on facebook. I’m not living my life by staring at someone else’s meal from yesterday…
You could blog about super complex API stuff, like I tend to do…
You can pretend like people understand your niche, circle stuff in pink like that will help…
Ultimately you need to type about stuff that isn’t really complex.
Making stuff for the masses is easy for everyone to understand you know what you’re talking about, and don’t need to stress the mechanics of how a clock turns.
A dashboard is a way for me to easy explain the data…
I can avoid talking of the complexities of prepping data from an API perspective, how I connected it to linkedin, how I had to parse data at a row level to answer questions I had about LinkedIn Job data….
None of that stuff matters.
PEOPLE just want to see the time…
But if you’re not willing to show them any of that…
Trust me the facebook group, facebook ad, stuff.. Will fade.
Pay to play will not be a resume booster.
Unless you’re doing something really techie…
Start typing to get traffic from robots first…
Robots need to find you and eventually they will. Make sure after a header, you talk about the header too, like start typing to get traffic from robots first – or you’re not going to get traffic ever…
Really simple stuff… I started typing on medium. It’s free.
I type about whatever, coding, anything really…
And now I’m ranking on Google? Only people beating me are full of advertisements, which is likely because they are cheating to rank.
But that’s the wild west in ranking, shitty websites beat websites without a single advertisement. That’s how the game is played and everyone is cheating.
Using bold also tells robots you’re serious about the two words.
And all you did was start typing about something.
Anything will do.
Putting it in double quotes can also help indicate the topic of the entire blog, but mostly, you want to say it in the title, the URL, the first paragraph, and maybe in a header or two below!
If you round it off with the keywords again, like how important it is to type anything, and keep trying.
It took 3 years before people really started sharing my content. It takes time to learn the internet when it’s full of fake accounts, fake consultancies, and scammers.
People ask me, “what do you like about your synth?”
“How is this synth, compared to that synth?”
It’s a lot like asking me what the best Tableau consulting company is, I have no idea really, but I think I don’t suck at it too much. I’m willing to blog about that stuff, emotionally charged at times but always willing to go back and edit after I push out 5k words about a bunch of nothing usually…
Emotionally charged, similar to my analog stack.
Not like a tech stack, that i normally discuss. But it’s not that different too.
Having worked for every synth, never gifted a synth, and worked long hours, years, decades… (to earn my synths)
Fighting to turn on an analog synth, patiently getting better and better in my Daw of choice, ableton. It feels good to have them together. They are a team, an emotional group of analog synthesizers.
“What do you like about your synths?”
I love the journey to get synths, my life story.
As I love each synth, equally.
Moog synths, or any synth, is a big deal. They don’t grow on trees and it takes a lot of work to own your own music studio. I set myself on a mission in college, to build my own studio, and my next mission in life is applying myself, and making music. But the journey did not start here, it started many years ago, playing flute in Louisiana, when I was 8 years old. But that’s not what this blog is about. Let’s get back to it.
“What do you like most about your synths?”
Impossible question – every user experiences a Moog synth differently.
You might find yourself deep into the complexities of a Moog Sub37, more enjoy the modular retreat, the engineer aspect, of a Mother 32.
What is a moog synth?
A moog synth is something we teach and learn from.
A moog synth is a hand crafted creature, built by engineers, product developers, project managers, developers, admins, managers, and thought leaders. Moog is more than a synth to the users. Here’s my Moog story.
What’s a moog synth, to we.
We teach you to pulsate with the beat, without FX, allowing you to completely live.
Moog synths need air but under the right restrictions or limitations, it will quickly impress any artist.
But some times we compress our Moog Synths…
We compress the mother fudge out of you…
We remove the compression.
And let it win… all while trying to find that perfect balance.
Moog synths sound best with friends.
Moog Synths are like little creatures
Living and breathing through out the track, and through out our studios.
We are still learning about each of you too, some of these synths beyond our moog synth, for some, are actually older than us.
Most days, these moog synths teach us to be better producers, better musicians, better artists, better people.
We have a weird thing with our personal synths, little personal pets, little creatures that require love & attention… and drum machines, it’s like a relationship.
We work to keep them living. We provide electricity, they provide emotions.
So, we try not to give our Moog synths limitations…
We all love the experience, having a Moog synth – is ownership of a hand crafted, or hand repaired, creature.
Some synths, simply living on the edge of death because the previous owner didn’t take care.
But now Moog synth, now you are in my studio, we will take good care of you.
Welcome to the party.
You can check out my free loop and sample business, @ www.musicblip.com. Starting to build a music label within Musicblip as of last week. Excited to release more soon.
After several years enjoying yoga for the healthy benefits, I’m starting to realize the monetizing missed because I was focused on getting healthy and flexible. There’s an entire world of people who do yoga, share it on social media, and pretend it’s big deal.
I challenge you to pretend to care about yoga, and in a big way.
Change someones way of yoga-ing.
Make up a new yogi-wordi.
Inspire some one go yoguh.
Pretending to care about Google+ shutdown is key to sounding really technical, but the truth to pretending about anything, is a good list of things to pretend to care about. Like Yoga!
Who doesn’t have a yoga time in their life?
Pretending to care about yoga is about as hip as it gets but to be full granola, you need to do at least 30 days straight, and share your adventures each day. Perfecting one pose is key to building a brand to giving a shit about yoga.
Being proud of doing nothing, in a picture, is really fun.
Watch how this yoga champion does nothing.
Make sure the image has a better view than your yoga skills, and you will always be the best on your instagram feed!
Benefiting your body with each movement, capturing it, and pretending yoga is your life for a few months will probably capture the attention of your relatives and closest friends!
#3 Pretend to care about yourself
Pretending to care about yourself is easy when you finally stop procrastinating about doing yoga.
Pretending to care about yourself is a great way to get social acceptance really quickly!
Be sure to blast out a lot of random shit to your friends and family over your cellphone.
Pretend others care about you caring about yourself!
If they are next to you, text them about how much better your day is than most people that are near you. But it’s good to have them near you.
Nothing says you’re having a good day like staring at your phone for an endless amount of time, without any thought about when the last time you took a break from facebook.
In an elevator? Get on your phone and tell someone about how great your day is and show them something you can do.
In the car, get on your phone and tell people how good you look.
#4 Pretend to care about other people
Find a quick minute to post about something, that implicates you in a good light. Drop politics, voting, all that important stuff – keep it simple. If you get a chance to update your facebook picture to something helpful looking, you’re gold for a few months.
Pretend you care about someone else, and sing a song for them.
But it’s really about the picture, and you don’t know anything about playing music.
When did caring about someone matter beyond the image, and if the image doesn’t happen, it didn’t happen. So that’s important to know before dealing with any non-image engagement. Screw that.
Nothing says you give a shit, like a picture of an old doctor.
You know I care when I have doctor eyes on you.
Look at my gold watch too, that screams I care about you, and your time.
Glad we had this important discussion. I’m married.
Post a hopeful picture on your facebook and pretend it’s you helping some old person, and say something like.
“It feels great to help others.”
#5 Pretend to care about a hipster.
Not all hipsters, just a hipster.
Wow, you don’t live in Austin do you.
Beards covering double chins are the new classic hipster.
Skinny jeans are comfortable but hey,… You damn hipster.
Let’s pretend hipsters are a big problem, and pretend we need to care about people who are super super hipster.
No not you, stock image hipster girl.
We are talking about all the hipsters that take a lot of time out of their week to prepare for practically zero interactions with people. But take an exuberant amount of time getting ready, preparing, and potentially exercising to the point that it’s considered weird.
Hipsters are equally as important as Google+ shutting down their entire social media forum.
Google is about as annoying as that annoying hipster person…
Deleting everything… lol
Come on now.
Deleting everything seems a bit rash.
But I understand, from a digital marketing perspective, it makes sense.
The wall was a gimmick used to help Trump remember to talk about immigration. He instead used it to hype his low IQ crowd. It stuck, now it’s going to help him win another election, and keep his 1% benefactors happy.
A government shutdown, not “the government shutdown.”
Calling it “the government shutdown” would mean to say we think the government will only shutdown this one time.
It’s likely we will see this happen every time Trump wants his way.
Remember, the biggest voting class of people today are voting for someone that logically makes my brain hurt.
Here’s what everyone voted to keep in office, and this is what Americans are not really protesting very much against today…
Here it is… When Trump doesn’t get his way, millions of people starve.
The calm before the storm… That feeling when we know we pressed our luck, spent all the money, and shut it down. The reason all the media is going to show you a lot of other insane content, is to keep you from following the 1% billionaire class. These are the people giggling as we fight each other over emotional media.
This feels like the calm before the storm.
Do you think we are going to protest our way out of the wall, 2 years after the election?
Good grief we need to open up or American history books, don’t we?
We think things like “a wall” will be a solution.
Boy are we wrong. A wall to the government is a symbol of dominance over the lowest IQ bracket in our country.
Gender, age, hobbies, etc.. data…
All at the finger tips of every politician that knows to outsource to smart people.
Census data, scraping web pages, paid data subscription, or using Facebooks illegal data harvesting tools too. Oh, and Facebook got away with this too, they did this 100% legally as of right now, they gave away your sensitive private data for years and now, all of a sudden, are completely immune to being fined or consequences.
GDPR does not seem to care about Facebook right now, they are scared to go to war with Facebook, but seems to be picking on Google as of this week.
But what does all this data have to do with the wall?
The wall is giving the uneducated, media fueled, or media enriched class of people, fear.
Fear and for those who support the wall, hope.
When you mix fear, and hope, you get American media.
The wall has become a tool to earn more votes and lure unsuspecting low IQ voters into a emotionally fueled rant on the internet.
Fake media is being pushed into the eyes of every home, every television around the United States is tuned into hear more about children dying
I like to call this current media fad, the calm before the storm, play with your emotions while bigger problems are relevant.
If you think these events are bad, or crazy, you have another thing coming.
We live in a world of “this is what they want you to see.”
The information is going to blur your vision when it hits the fan, this is not the event, these are not the big events, these are the light hearted events before the storm.
The Government Shutdown
Think about the cause of the problem in America, or most countries.
Media has generated false narratives at every corner, and most of the world thinks the TV is the biggest invention of their life time, most of that world votes and the rest do not vote.
The youth have not shown up to vote, and still are coming in at very low numbers.
Even though the youth out number the adults, they still lack thought leadership that goes beyond pouring a beer on a Lamborghini.
Not knocking 50cent, rather I’m using 50cent as an example of a good thing gone bad. 50cent has every right to pour beer on his tax right off, but at the same rate – he could be telling his 22million followers about something that would progress their lives positively. But at the top of his game, this is as far as he has gotten. 22million fans and zero progressive thought leadership.
But Tyler, 50cent gives money to charities.
Yeah, 50cent gives money to charities as a tax write off, so that he can enjoy his free toys VS paying the government taxes. Giving money to a charity is a loop hole for rich people to skip paying taxes, making buying this Lambo at the end of the year, right before giving money to the charity, a smart investment in a depreciating asset.
(which isn’t smart but his fans will never understand the difference)
They want you to be distracted by the “effects” today…
They want you to get excited about 50cent, his 22million followers, and his thought leadership towards spending money and partying. He’s the perfect tool for rich Americans to distract everyone.
They want you to get excited about the football game.
They want you to focus on the latest Netflix series.
They want you to ignore the fact that the Government is the cause of the problem.
They are spending a lot of time painting a different narrative.
A false hope narrative.
The cause is right under your nose.
But you’re busy with all the distractions.
It’s the label of every show on TV, “Government… Shutdown.”
The Government failed, and if you think it shutdown because it needed a wall, then you don’t know how the government works.
And that’s the major issue we have today, we have a group in the governing body that does not know how the government works today.
But the effects make our emotions perk up and say WTF is this… and share, click, impressions…
What’s next with big media?
The big storm that catches everyone by surprise is coming down the pipeline. You know it’s coming, so stop kidding yourselves that this is as bad as the news will get. It’s likely we will have another 4 years of this because when it came time to vote again, people simply did not show up and vote.
So, do you think we are ready?
Are you ready for an event as big, or bigger than 9/11?
It’s about that time. It’s time for the war machines to cash in.
Did you know we sent nearly 60 missiles at a country?
Did you know the president owns a part of the company.
Did you know that they could not tell where most of the missiles landed?
Did you know that other countries said our attack was ineffective.
According to the claims of Russian defense ministry, the “combat effectiveness” of the attack was “extremely low”; only 23 missiles hit the base destroying six aircraft, and it did not know where the other 36 landed.
It’s 1/24/19 – I predict something very big is going to happen during this shutdown. Be safe. I would not recommend flying because it’s clearly a completely unresolved issues with the American government.
Something much bigger than the current wall conversation.
The wall is a media fueled agenda, it’s good for votes, and a wall has never been a solution.
It’s for profit. Not for the people.
The calm before the storm. This year is going to get bumpy.
The domain pythonforbeginners or Python for Beginners, is a massive pile of trash water ranking on Python related terms… After building a bunch of websites, and learning to rank, I realize it’s not hard to rank with poor quality. But this is different. This place actually has pop up ads trying to fish people into downloading viruses.
So, from my perspective, Python for beginners is ranking, is ranking with the water from a garbage dumpster.
Today, they are considered authority – with a BUNCH of affiliate links, virus pop ups, and google ads. Yes, fishing popups suggesting to download viruses… Google is not the best source of information for a lot of beginner related topics. The owners at Python for beginners are not actually doing any of their own work too, they are copy and pasting from other websites, and the code is poorly explained, without any logical next steps or helpful links.
The entire websites looks as if someone automated it, poorly.
Because I am an overly emotional blogger who gives a shat about people getting quality content, I’m going to stop at nothing until I beat pythonforbeginners… out of whatever keywords I decide to aim at, and I will not stop at one!
Pythonforbeginners.com is a pile of trash water
pythonforbeginners.com is a pile of trash water. They have click ads that are loaded with viruses, that trick try to trick unsuspecting people into clicking garbage, garbage faking to be Google offering updates… That’s how much of a pile of trash water pythonforbeginners truly is.
I learned list comprehensions from scratch, no mentor, no internet, on a laptop in Louisiana, down by the river!!!
If you leave water in a water vaporizer for too long, the water turns into trash water. Similar to pythonforbeginners.com. You let a keyword sit without competition, it turns into trash water.
During my vacation, I ran into a bunch of trash water blogs (with limited connectivity from my dads samsung galaxy phone) and so far, most if not all examples don’t explain variations or granular details, and the past few years I basically blog about every type of technology I learn along the process, so list comprehensions is no different than some rabbit dive I’ve done, professionally, but here – it’s all new and the help docs suck, big time! HOW?
Building better tutorials, with pound for pound better content, on a website built for helping new python developers. With data analysis, competitor analysis, web scraping, and tons of google data, I’m going to find exactly how to beat this trash water website.
What will Tyler Garrett be generating with this list comprehensions wiki? First of all – the 1st Badass tutorial on List Comprehensions – with overly explained stuff… Explaining how different code examples work, based on different usages of the code, with real world help…
A list comprehensions wiki that dominates pythonforbeginners insides and outsides, your trash water stinks.
Non-trashwater solution to learning, without affiliate links or poorly written blogs.
What’s cool is the competition is low, and the yield for me to learn python, and network with people who think quality content is king, well.. yeah, let’s network fam. I spend most of my time helping others, giving back, and blogging about complex things, in simple manners.