Evan’s Friday Briefing: 6/9/17

Welcome to the 6/9/17 edition of “Evan’s Friday Briefing,” a quick list of what I’ve been enjoying, learning, and trying out.

What I’ve Been Listening To

Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Symphony No. 6 (the Pathétique) and Mozart’s Prussian Quartets.

Books I’ve Recently Purchased

I bought a few Civil War books written by William C. Davis: “Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour,” “An Honorable Defeat: The Last Days of the Confederate Government,” “Look Away!: A History of the Confederate States of America,” and “The Cause Lost: Myths and Realities of the Confederacy.”

Productivity Hack I’ve Been Trying

Chunking my daily schedule into four parts—something I learned from Jon Anthony. For chunk one, you do the one or two most important tasks of the day. For chunk two, you complete a couple tasks that are “urgent” but less important. For chunk three, you knock out a few additional tasks that are less urgent and even less important. For chunk four, you reward yourself by doing things you truly enjoy, whether that’s hanging out with friends, taking your girlfriend on a date, going to a martial arts class, reading books, attending a Red Sox game, whatever. You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish yet also at how much free time you have.

My Tip Of The Day

The following has nothing to do with raw intelligence or talent: being on time, work ethic, effort, body language, energy, attitude, passion, being coachable, doing extra, and being prepared. This goes to show that anyone can be successful if he truly sets his mind to it.

Great Quote I’ve Been Ruminating On

“Health outweighs all other blessings so much that one may really say that a healthy beggar is happier than an ailing king. A quiet and cheerful temperament, happy in the enjoyment of a perfectly sound physique, an intellect clear, lively, penetrating and seeing things as they are, a moderate and gentle will, and therefore a good conscience—these are privileges which no rank or wealth can make up for or replace.” – Arthur Schopenhauer


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