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I Need to Get Better At Email

Inbox back up to 45. How many emails am I writing/replying to each day? It seems like a lot, but I'm not tracking explicitly. Hmm.

This is what I wrote on October 1st -

1. My email volume has been going up, and I haven’t adjusted to a new routine for it. Before I’d go into my inbox, clear a third of it when I had free time waiting for something, and then do that twice more in the day, and it’d be empty at the end of the day. Now, I’m going to need to set aside more time for it.

2. I’m answering/replying/writing a lot more emails, so it feels like it should be empty – but then I’m leaving one or two messages there that weren’t there at the end of the day. This is like spending more money than you’ve got coming in – it’s going to catch up with you sooner or later.

3. I had 2-3 days in the last two weeks where I had my day booked end to end and didn’t answer anything except ultra time-sensitive email. But that fills up the inbox pretty quickly if not cleared out.

Working with more focus and motivation, not necessarily harder

On Ideas in the Making

At the start of the year I said I was going to work harder than ever before and that I was excited to trade the markets everyday. Unfortunately this has been easier said than done, not nessecarily because the markets are hard (although they are) but because I have been lazy and not willing to learn and put in the time.

I've written here before about taking massive action. I don't believe in "balance" or moderation when it comes to achieving great things, especially when one is starting out. A good analogy is the way bamboo grows. It takes a while for bamboo to properly root itself, but once it does, it grows faster than any other tree known to man. Skills are similar. If you put in hours and motivation into learning and applying knowledge you can root yourself fast. I call it the time value of skill in a way, where if you "make" all the skill now its much more valuable than making all the skill "later" just like interest and money in the time value of money theory.

Anyways I frankly Haven't been putting in as much time and effort as I wish I were. Back in the day I would play video games for hours trying to achieve something like acquiring a super strong weapon or leveling up my character. In some cases where I knew I was against the clock ( They said they were removing XYZ soon, I had a bet with someone) I would work for longer, be more motivated, and think up of more effective strategies.

A lot of people tell me "but you will burn out". I think this is another myth. There is no "burning out" if you really decide to make what you are doing your priority. Top programmers program for 12 hrs+ a day. Stock traders and online poker players reevaluate their trades/ hands and test strategies day in and day out. I don't want to be mediocre.

Here is what I have been doing and needs to change. I am out lining it here for myself.

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