Weeknotes 13, on time and attention

January 19, 20203 min read

I’ve been writing these weeknotes—with uncharacteristic regularity—for a few months now. I have kept them on the down-low for fear that I may abandon the habit after a few weeks or that I may be too self-conscious to say how I really feel.

Whilst I’m sure only a handful of people have found my weeknotes over the last twelve weeks I have found the process of writing them beneficial and enjoyable. It keeps me focused on my weekly goals and helps me clarify my thoughts.

It was only when my wife woke me on Sunday morning to say “I’ve just found your weeknotes. They‘re good!” that I thought it was time to make them more public.

From now on I will be cross-posting these weeknotes to Medium.

Yoga and Burgers

It was my birthday week. Thirty-four.

I decided to take a post-work yoga class at BLOK followed by vegan burgers at Honest.

I haven’t been to a yoga class for a few years but I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Honest’s Bacon Plant burger is within the top five things I have ever eaten.

Time and Attention

A few weeks ago I woke at 5AM and decided to embrace the day. I wearily made my way to my still-dark office, nudged my computer mouse and saw this:

Screenshot of Twitter on January 3rd, after the killing of Qassem Soleimani. Top trends: World War III, Iran, Franz Ferdinand, #AustraliaBushfires

I logged out and I went back to bed.

For the last few (ten?) years Twitter has brought me more anxiety than joy and I cringe at the amount of hours I have lost mindlessly scrolling; giving so much of my attention to things outside my circle of influence.

I haven’t missed Twitter (or Instagram, for that matter) over the last few weeks. I have since begun to cultivate more wholesome habits—cleaning, reading and meditating—free from distraction. At home I feel a lot more present and at work I feel more focused.

Honestly, my house has never been tidier.


Felt great all week. Slept well, woke early, felt refreshed.

Ran my first 5K of the year today. It felt good.


Finished Chris Voss’ Never Split the Difference this week. I struggle to see how one might use some of Voss’ techniques (and specifically his language) in a face-to-face negotiation, but it was an enjoyable read and helped to highlight that I’m a basic idiot when it comes to negotiation.

I also enjoyed this Beau Miles video.

A different kind of marathon; running one lap an hour, for 24hrs, around my perfectly mile long block. The rest of the time I do as much as possible; making things, odd jobs, fixing stuff. It's about running, doing, and thinking.