[nh] #40 — what April and ice cream have in common

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this edition of the [no hustle] huddle went out on Monday 1st April 2024

How important are quarterly markers (April, July, etc.)? VERY!!

Here’s why 👇👇

It’s not that Q1, Q2, et al are important per se, but rather the consistent markers throughout the year they present to us. It’s a time to step back and reflect, as well as review the last few months.

This is essential in today’s fast-paced world, as it’s easy to get caught up in the grind and allow months (if not years) to slip through your fingers.

Quarterly markers prevent this from happening. And because my new role at Prince of Travel requires me to fly to Canada for quarterly meetings… well, I have ample time on a plane to reflect, review, and plan 👍

There’s a very specific way I do this, which I share below.

Although before we get to that…

from the [no hustle] community

Embracing Solitudespending some time with yourself is important, especially at this stage in the year.

Introspection and Self Reflectionyet “alone time” means little unless you use it wisely, as this video explores.

3 actions to take this week

🔖 bookmark this → can walking in the woods heal you?

📺 watch this → can climbing a mountain?

💪 DO THISPerform Your Own 90-Day Audit — keep reading to unearth what this is, and then adapt it so it works for YOU 🫵

this week’s featured book

Rebirth by Kamal Ravikant— during periods of reflection, fictional tales that interwave with life are the best to turn to: like this wonderful fable from Kamal.

🎙️ pass the mic

A global trekster and someone who understands what a HELL YES looks like, Jules Shroeder shared all in Beyond The Pale, and is someone I hope inspires you during this intermittent part of 2024.

🎤 drop the mic

This is how I maintain a consistent flow of “reflection and reviewing” at all times:

📝 each week, I complete a short journaling exercise to reflect on my progress.

✍️ each month, I focus on a longer journaling exercise to reflect on life overall.

✉️ each quarter, I write myself a letter to create a clear plan for what comes next.

That last one is what’s currently top of mind 🧠

April represents a time to step back and think about what’s happened over the last few months. I anchor this process with a 90 Day Letter where I write (to myself, speaking to my self) a letter 90 days from now as if I’ve lived the last 3 months.

For example, later today, I will write a letter that I will read on July 1st, 2024, written as if I have already lived the three months between now and then.

It’s time for me to visualize what I want to focus on and to achieve — professionally and personally 🚀

I don’t get caught up in finer details or specific goals. I leave those for the weekly journaling exercise and general everyday planning.

No, this is an opportunity to think about the big picture and what I need to focus on. Then, in three months, I read it and reflect on what’s happened. 

the good and bad.

That’s how I’m spending part of my day today…

I’m reading the letter I wrote on January 1st, 2024, reflecting on the time that’s passed since and how far I’ve progressed — and if what I thought was important then remains so.

I see it like an intermission in a movie; a chance to get up, stretch your legs, get some ice cream, and think about the film so far.

We all need breaks like this to regain focus and top up our energy levels.

Even if a movie’s great, a small pause like this is often helpful.

The same is true in life.

So use this time to do exactly that. Stop. Breathe. Reflect. Write your own 90-day letter if you think it will help. If not, do something that will.

Any questions, let me know and I’ll provide greater context.

Otherwise, good luck and thank you for both reading and for being YOU 🙏

 

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