Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership, management, and leveling up. I’ve been feeling lately like I’m on the precipice of the next big phase of my career and I’m finding myself feeling unprepared.
What got you here won’t get you to there.
I wanted to say surprisingly unprepared, but the truth of the matter is that it’s not so surprising. The things I find myself wanting to do professionally I haven’t done before, so how could I reasonably know how to do them?
Hence this series that I’m calling my leadership development series.
I’ve compiled a series of books (and a few YouTube channels) to get me started down this journey of learning what to do next, how to level up professionally, and figuring out what my biggest areas of growth are in terms of getting to the next level.
The plan is to write about it on an approximately weekly basis, specifically Monday mornings, after my morning pages and Daily Stoic) to summarize what I’ve been learning or struggling with over the past year.
Let’s call that the first lesson - the importance of specificity in trying to establish a new routine. Thanks, Atomic Habits, for helping me realize that it’s not enough to say I want to do it Monday mornings. I need to drill down to exactly when and in what order I’ll do the thing so that I have the queue. Luckily, I’ve been working on refining my morning routine for a few years now and have an order of operations into which I can easily fit a small writing session. Plus, maybe someone else will find some of the lessons or resources useful.
Maybe this will help with that regular writing routine I can’t seem to make happen…
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