Rahul's November Newsletter

Planning, books, and more!

Hi friends!

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The theme for this month’s newsletter is Planning!

📋Have a Plan

"Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable" - Dwight D. Eisenhower

On Sunday, when I looked back on the week that had gone, it did not give me a feeling of completion or a sense of achievement. I did a lot of random things but nothing worth mentioning.

I missed planning earlier that week!

Planning helps to stay focused and accomplish your goals. It helps you to be Ridiculously Productive!

I try and keep my plans loose and flexible, giving me room to move around. At any time, I pick what I feel like to do and use the plan to guide me on the things I want to achieve. Having goals over multiple areas helps overcome the creator’s block. When I find myself stuck at one task, I quickly shift over to something else, rather than trying to fight myself.

Below is a snapshot of my Weekly Planner page in Notion. When I do my Weekly Planning every Sunday evening, I

  • Review the week that has gone, take some Notes, and use the weekly checklist as a guide to clean up any loose ends.

  • Plan for the upcoming week and add in the top 'TODO's' for that week. This then flows into the Daily Planning.

The Daily Planner page is very similar, with a daily checklist and set of things I want to achieve for the day. I have 15 mins blocked out for Daily Planning.

You will be amazed at how small such changes can make big impacts over time.

Start Small, Win Big.

✅ Key Actions For You

New to Planning and unsure of where to start? Here are some action items to get started.

  • Plan for Today and rest of the Week

  • Block 15 mins for Daily Planning starting today

  • Block 30 mins for Weekly Planning

📚Book Recommendations

  • Getting Things Done
    Looking to take your Productivity to next level?
    This book lays out the 5 core principles - Capture, Clarify, Organize, Reflect, and Engage, that will transform the way you work. This is a must-read if you are looking to ace up your productivity system.

  • The War of Art
    Want to break free of your resistance in getting things done?
    This book emphasizes the need to recognize and overcome resistance and build up a creative discipline.

🙋‍♂️Personal Updates

  • Recently I crossed 2k Subscribers on my YouTube channel, and I am happy about it. My short-term goal is to reach 3k by the end of this year. If you are into .NET, Azure, or DevOps, don't forget to Subscribe!

  • I am working on an Online Course around DevOps along with one of my friends and will be publishing the details soon!

I hope you enjoyed this Newsletter. Enjoy and Stay Safe!