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Ali Abdaal

Ali Abdaal

Junior doctor, YouTuber, web designer, aspiring musician. Trying out this blogging thing.

2019 - The Not Overthinking Review

2019 - The Not Overthinking Review
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In (by far) our longest episode yet, we look back on 2019!

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14 Lessons I Learned in 2019
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Hey friends, One of the most joyful parts of the holiday season is that I don't have to come up with some novel wisdom for this newsletter. I can just title it '14 Lessons I learned in 2019' and link to the newsletter issues where I first discussed these. So

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Social Interactions - Comfort, Messaging and Life Enjoyment

Social Interactions - Comfort, Messaging and Life Enjoyment
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In this episode, we discuss our favourite topic – Social Interaction – from the lenses of etiquettes of messaging, the pinnacle of the human condition amongst others.

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New Year's Resolutions
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Hey friends, You’ve probably heard about how most people don’t end up sticking to their New Year’s Resolutions. They buy gym memberships in January, go a handful of times and then stop bothering. Or they decide to eat more healthily, that lasts about a week, and then

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How To Get Rich Tweetstorm Discussion

How To Get Rich Tweetstorm Discussion
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In this episode, we discuss a Tweetstorm entitled "How to get rich (without getting lucky)" by Naval Ravikant (@naval).

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Ali Abdaal
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Knowledge vs Execution
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Hey friends, Here's a fun short story for y'all. A determined book salesman once told a farmer that 'a set of books on scientific agriculture' would teach him to farm better.  To which the farmer replied: 'Hell, son, I don't farm half as good as I know how.'I think

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External Appearances vs Internal Experiences
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In this episode we talk about the external appearances of different lifestyles and how they differ from the internal experience of living them.

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Ali Abdaal
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Subtraction
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Hey friends, I've been thinking a lot about subtraction recently. It started a few weeks ago when I noticed, for the first time in years, a slight sense of overwhelm in my life. I'd swapped a few shifts at work that meant I was working for 12 days in a

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Ali Abdaal
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Inner Rings: The Desire to Fit In - Podcast Highlights

Inner Rings: The Desire to Fit In - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we discuss our desire to fit in, to be part of the 'cool kids' group, to be part of what CS Lewis calls "The Inner Ring".

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If this isn't nice, I don't know what is
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Hey friends, There's a lovely quote from Kurt Vonnegut that I've been thinking about this week. “And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.”Not gonna lie, I lead

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Tie Your Camel
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Hey friends, Here's a fun story I've been thinking about recently. It's narrated by the 9th-century Islamic scholar Tirmidhi. It goes along these lines: One day, the Prophet Muhammad noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel unattended without tying it. He asked the Bedouin "Why don't you tie your camel?" The

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Ali Abdaal
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Intentional Socialising - Podcast Highlights

Intentional Socialising - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode we talk about how we socialise — the different types of social events we take part in, and how we take part in them.

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Ali Abdaal
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A productivity hack that actually works
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Hey friends, One of the best productivity ‘hacks’ is to define the One Thing that you want to work on each day. We can ask the question “What would your future self want you to work on today?”. Or (as the authors suggest in Make Time) we can ask “What

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Being Weird - Podcast Highlights

Being Weird - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode we talk about 'being weird'. We explore the merits of being weird, the different ways in which people can be weird, and some of our personal experiences.

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A little more effort

A little more effort
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A few nights ago, I got home from work around 7pm. I was due to meetup with some fans (via my standing offer of coffee) which lasted until 9pm. I got back home and spent a few hours preparing for a physiology supervision I was doing that week. As it

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A little more effort
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Hey friends, A few nights ago, I got home from work around 7pm. I was due to meetup with some fans (via my standing offer of coffee) which lasted until 9pm. I got back home and spent a few hours preparing for a physiology supervision I was doing that week.

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Conflict and Communication: The Roommate Relationship ft. Molly
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In this episode, Taimur acts as a relationship therapist and digs into the (strictly platonic, for the record) relationship between Ali and his roommate Molly.

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Expand the Box

Expand the Box
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In a recent podcast, my brother and I discussed the concepts of invisible shackles, the hidden scripts we follow through our lives. We discussed the analogy of The Box (ie: our cultural norms) and how the boundaries of the box limit our thinking. For example, I never imagined that a

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Expand the Box
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Hey friends, In a recent podcast, my brother and I discussed the concepts of invisible shackles, the hidden scripts we follow through our lives. We discussed the analogy of The Box (ie: our cultural norms) and how the boundaries of the box limit our thinking. For example, I  never imagined

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
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Sleep is good
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Hey friends, I’ve been listening to lots of podcasts about the importance of sleep, and how we screw ourselves in the long run by compromising our sleep. As such, because it’s already past my bedtime and I’d rather not get dementia when I’m older, I’m

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Ali Abdaal
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Treating Your Personal Life like a Business - Podcast Highlights

Treating Your Personal Life like a Business - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode we talk about a new theory of Taimur's — that we should treat our personal lives more like businesses and treat our businesses more personally...

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Ali Abdaal
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Pay Yourself First
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Hey friends, I was thinking today about the phrase 'pay yourself first'. It's one of the most important rules of personal finance. The idea is that whenever we get money coming in (eg: our salary), we immediately put aside some percentage (eg: 10-20%) for our savings / investments. Only when we've

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Pay Yourself First

Pay Yourself First
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I was thinking today about the phrase ‘pay yourself first’. It’s one of the most important rules of personal finance. The idea is that whenever we get money coming in (eg: our salary), we immediately put aside some percentage (eg: 10-20%) for our savings / investments. Only when we’ve

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life
Small Talk and Social Awkwardness - Podcast Highlights

Small Talk and Social Awkwardness - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, Ali tells us about a party(!) he recently attended, and how he approached the social interactions there. We talk about how we approach conversations with new people, whether it's okay to talk about "work" at social events, and, of course, the idea of "small talk". Some of

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Window-openers vs Door-knockers
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Hey friends, I came across an analogy in a podcast this week that really resonated with me. It talked about how there are two types of people. Some are window-openers. When making decisions about what to do with their time, they want to be able to look through a window.

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Window-openers vs Door-knockers

Window-openers vs Door-knockers
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I came across an analogy in a podcast this week that really resonated with me. It talked about how there are two types of people. Some are window-openers. When making decisions about what to do with their time, they want to be able to look through a window. If they

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Ali Abdaal
Life

Chasing sirens
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Hey friends, I'm working on an iPhone camera comparison video that's taking a ridiculous amount of time to edit. On Friday night, I'd pencilled out the evening to work on the video, but a close friend came over to practice for a singing audition. We ended up chatting until midnight,

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Ali Abdaal
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Book Discussion: "The Magic of Thinking Big" - Podcast Highlights

Book Discussion: "The Magic of Thinking Big" - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we try a brand new format! We go through Ali's Kindle highlights, from 4 years ago, from the book "The Magic of Thinking Big" by David Schwartz. We end up talking about mental restraints, making good conversation, setting goals, and a smattering of other topics. Here are

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The Value of Delight

The Value of Delight
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In my tech review videos, I sometimes talk about The Value of Delight. It’s the idea that spending extra money to get an more delightful experience can be ‘worth it’ if it encourages us to do more of the thing we want to do. I’ve noticed the concept

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Tools & Tech

The Value of Delight
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Hey friends, In my tech review videos, I sometimes talk about The Value of Delight. It’s the idea that spending extra money to get an more delightful experience can be ‘worth it’ if it encourages us to do more of the thing we want to do. I’ve noticed

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Ali Abdaal
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Will a new iPhone make us happier? - Podcast Highlights

Will a new iPhone make us happier? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we try to formulate an algorithm for buying new tech. In light of Apple’s latest iPhone announcement, we try to figure out what makes people decide to buy need tech and how we should think about new purchases in terms of their contribution to our overall

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Obvious to you, amazing to others
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Hey friends, This week, I want to share a post written by Derek Sivers. I’d been following Derek online for several years (in a non-creepy way), and had the privilege of having dinner with him when he visited Cambridge a few months ago. That was my first experience meeting

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Obvious to you, amazing to others

Obvious to you, amazing to others
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This week, I want to share a post written by Derek Sivers. I’d been following Derek online for several years (in a non-creepy way), and had the privilege of having dinner with him when he visited Cambridge a few months ago. That was my first experience meeting someone I

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life
Invisible Shackles & Life Scripts - Podcast Highlights

Invisible Shackles & Life Scripts - Podcast Highlights
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As we grow, we're subconsciously exposed to various 'life scripts' that can have a profound effect on the way we lead our lives, without any conscious control on our own part. In this episode, we discuss some of the invisible shackles that bind us, and how to 'break free' from

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The Concept of a Flywheel
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Hey friends, I came across the concept of a Flywheel this week. I read about it on a post called ‘The Flywheel of Wealth’ on the wonderful personal finance blog Get Rich Slowly. A flywheel is a mechanical device designed to efficiently store rotational energy. Well, that’s how an

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The Concept of a Flywheel

The Concept of a Flywheel
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I came across the concept of a Flywheel this week. I read about it on a post called ‘The Flywheel of Wealth’ on the wonderful personal finance blog Get Rich Slowly. A flywheel is a mechanical device designed to efficiently store rotational energy. Well, that’s how an engineer would

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What do we want from this podcast? - Podcast Highlights

What do we want from this podcast? - Podcast Highlights
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This episode of the podcast reflects on what we each want to produce through the podcast and how we should judge the quality of our episodes.

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A life-changing change to my lunchtime routine
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Hey friends, My life changed this week. I discovered the power of the Light Lunch. I’ve always been a Heavy Lunch kinda guy. For the past year, I’ve looked forward to a hot, hearty meal at lunchtime. I’d buy around £8 worth of hot food from the

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A life-changing change to my lunchtime routine

A life-changing change to my lunchtime routine
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My life changed this week. I discovered the power of the Light Lunch. I’ve always been a Heavy Lunch kinda guy. For the past year, I’ve looked forward to a hot, hearty meal at lunchtime. I’d buy around £8 worth of hot food from the hospital cafeteria,

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life
How I stay productive at work

How I stay productive at work
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I’ve been on-call as the psychiatry junior doctor this weekend. That’s involved leaving home at 8am each day and returning around 10:30pm each night. This is rather a large chunk of the day spent ‘at work’ and yet I managed to get a lot of side-hustle stuff

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How I stay productive at work
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Hey friends, I’ve been on-call as the psychiatry junior doctor this weekend. That’s involved leaving home at 8am each day and returning around 10:30pm each night. This is rather a large chunk of the day spent ‘at work’ and yet I managed to get a lot of

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What's it like to be internet-famous? ft. Sara Dietschy - Podcast

What's it like to be internet-famous? ft. Sara Dietschy - Podcast
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This week we're joined by a very special guest — Sara Dietschy, tech and creativity Youtuber and podcaster.

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The Power of Accountability

The Power of Accountability
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Accountability is a powerful thing. Making a commitment to doing something and then holding ourselves accountable to others is one of the most useful tools in our motivation and productivity arsenals. Without accountability, there’s absolutely no way I would’ve written these mini blog posts for the past 70

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The Power of Accountability
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Hey friends, Accountability is a powerful thing. Making a commitment to doing something and then holding ourselves accountable to others is one of the most useful tools in our motivation and productivity arsenals. Without accountability, there's absolutely no way I would've written a mini blog post in the form of

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Ali Abdaal
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Is being negative ever acceptable? - Podcast Highlights

Is being negative ever acceptable? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we discuss whether negativity is ever okay...

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Boring is Fun
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Hey friends, Occasionally I come across a blog post, book chapter or podcast episode that makes something click in my brain and I think 'damn that's really good'. This week, I stumbled across such a post by James Stuber called 'Master Boring Fundamentals - Boring is Fun'. There were two

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Boring is Fun

Boring is Fun
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Occasionally I come across a blog post, book chapter or podcast episode that makes something click in my brain and I think ‘damn that’s really good’. This week, I stumbled across such a post by James Stuber called ’Master Boring Fundamentals - Boring is Fun’. There were two key

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Ali Abdaal
Life
Birds, Supersonic Jets, Internet Businesses and Trophy Hunting - Podcast Highlights

Birds, Supersonic Jets, Internet Businesses and Trophy Hunting - Podcast Highlights
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Taimur and Ali feature as guests on the Episode Party podcast. Along with hosts Jack and Freddie, we discuss four episodes from four different podcasts...

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Reflecting on a year of being a doctor
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Hey friends, I’m writing this email on my final night shift of FY1 (the first year of being a doctor). 52 weeks ago, the Sunday before starting the job, I sent an email out to the (then) 1,524 people on this mailing list entitled “Don’t believe the

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Ali Abdaal
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How do we make friends? - Podcast Highlights

How do we make friends? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we discuss our experiences in making friends and how the process evolves from being at school to university and beyond.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
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How I remember what I read
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Hey friends, I like to think I read a lot of books (you can follow my Goodreads profile to see all my past/current books). But a major problem I have is remembering key insights from those books and actually applying them to my life. Over the years, I’ve

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How I remember what I read

How I remember what I read
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I like to think I read a lot of books (you can follow my Goodreads profile to see all my past/current books). But a major problem I have is remembering key insights from those books and actually applying them to my life.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Apps
Procrastination, Money-making, Rejection etc - Answering your Questions - Podcast Highlights

Procrastination, Money-making, Rejection etc - Answering your Questions - Podcast Highlights
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This episode is a Life Advice Q&A that Taimur and Ali did as part of Ali's 300,000 YouTube subscriber milestone video.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
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The story that changed my life
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Hey friends, I'm going to cheat this week and re-use a story from a previous email. I think it's legit though, because this story changed my life when I first read it, and it was one of the most popular issues of this newsletter. Enough talk - here it is.

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Ali Abdaal
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Startups, Coding and Making Money Online – An Interview with Taimur - Podcast Highlights

Startups, Coding and Making Money Online – An Interview with Taimur - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, Ali interviews Taimur about his life...

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
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The acronym that changed how I write
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Hey friends, When writing these email newsletters, I often run into writer’s block. Confronted with a blank canvas on whatever writing app I’m trying that week, I sit like a lemon and sometimes stare at the screen for hours before anything gets done. But recently I came across

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The acronym that changed how I write

The acronym that changed how I write
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When writing these blog posts, I often run into writer’s block. Confronted with a blank canvas on whatever writing app I’m trying that week, I sit like a lemon and sometimes stare at the screen for hours before anything gets done. But recently I came across a concept

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Writing
How should we give advice? - Podcast Highlights

How should we give advice? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode we talk about whether we should give advice to others, and if so, how to go about it...

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast

Chance encounters
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Hey friends, I’ve been on an 'anaesthetics taster week' this week. That means I get to spend 5 days shadowing doctors within the anaesthetics department, getting involved, trying to get an idea of what the speciality is like. On each day, I’ve had chance encounters with other doctors

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Chance encounters

Chance encounters
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I’ve been on an ‘anaesthetics taster week’ this week. That means I get to spend 5 days shadowing doctors within the anaesthetics department, getting involved, trying to get an idea of what the speciality is like. On each day, I’ve had chance encounters with other doctors that have

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life
Is ambition a virtue?  - Podcast Highlights

Is ambition a virtue? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we tackle the issue of ambition. What does it mean to be ambitious?

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
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How to become more confident
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Hey friends, I’ve become a much more confident person over these last few years. Partly that’s come from recognising that there’s no difference between fake confidence and real confidence, and partly from becoming content to be thought foolish. But another major strategy in my confidence-building system has

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How to become more confident

How to become more confident
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I’ve become a much more confident person over these last few years. Partly that’s come from recognising that there’s no difference between fake confidence and real confidence, and partly from becoming content to be thought foolish. But another major strategy in my confidence-building system has been to

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life
Why do we seek permission?  - Podcast Highlights

Why do we seek permission? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we address a question from a listener. She wants to become a content creator but is concerned that because she isn't 'qualified'...

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast

Getting Our House In Order
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Hey friends, Last week, I made a mistake at work. My consultant asked me to check the dosing instructions of two anti-psychotic medications that a patient (“Harry”) had been given while he was in Intensive Care, and that he needed to be weaned off now that he was on our

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Getting Our House In Order

Getting Our House In Order
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Last week, I made a mistake at work. My consultant asked me to check the dosing instructions of two anti-psychotic medications that a patient (“Harry”) had been given while he was in Intensive Care, and that he needed to be weaned off now that he was on our normal ward.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life
Ali's Journey on YouTube [Inbetweenasode] - Podcast Highlights

Ali's Journey on YouTube [Inbetweenasode] - Podcast Highlights
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This 'inbetweenasode' is an interview that Ali did on the Social Colours podcast: 'Journey of a Creator'.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast

The Power of Project Lists
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Hey friends, Last week I wrote about The Inbox for your Brain. I talked about how I use the app Things to note down any idea / to-do on my mind. Doing this has made my mind free to think rather than to store. The next stage of my productivity system

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Newsletter
What does it mean to be authentic? - Podcast Highlights

What does it mean to be authentic? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we talk about authenticity and analyse what it means to be your authentic self.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast
The Power of Project Lists

The Power of Project Lists
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In the previous post, I wrote about The Inbox for your Brain. I talked about how I use the app Things to note down any idea / to-do on my mind. Doing this has made my mind free to think rather than to store. The next stage of my productivity system

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Personal Knowledge Management

The Inbox for your Brain
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Hey friends, I want to share a quick productivity tip that's been working wonders for me these past few weeks. In David Allen's Getting Things Done, he introduces the key idea that our brains are for having ideas, not for storing them. We cause ourselves a lot of undue stress

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Newsletter
How To Deal With Rejection - Podcast Highlights

How To Deal With Rejection - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode we look at rejection - how we've each reacted to rejections in our lives and why some rejections affect us more than others.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast
The Inbox for your Brain

The Inbox for your Brain
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I want to share a quick productivity tip that’s been working wonders for me these past few weeks. In David Allen’s Getting Things Done, he introduces the key idea that our brains are for having ideas, not for storing them. We cause ourselves a lot of undue stress

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Apps
Our own worst critics

Our own worst critics
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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about The Reitoff Principle for Productivity. At the time, I thought the post was a load of shite - I had to come up with something for that week, and couldn’t think of anything, so I pulled a few paragraphs out

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life

Our own worst critics
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Hey friends, A few weeks ago, I sent out an email about The Reitoff Principle for Productivity. At the time, I thought the email was a load of shite - I had to come up with something for that week, and couldn’t think of anything, so I pulled a

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Ali Abdaal
Newsletter
How much of our behaviour is status-seeking? - Podcast Highlights

How much of our behaviour is status-seeking? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we discuss the concept of social status, and wonder to what extent the signalling of status contributes to our own behaviours.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
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The joys of handwriting
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Hey friends, I recently bought a Leuchtterm notebook (after hearing Neil Gaiman’s recommendation). I’ve been using it extensively for the past 3 days, and I’m very pleasantly surprised at the ideas I’ve generated and refined through just writing in it. Yesterday for example, I was sitting

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Ali Abdaal
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The joys of handwriting

The joys of handwriting
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I recently bought a Leuchtterm notebook (after hearing Neil Gaiman’s recommendation). I’ve been using it extensively for the past 3 days, and I’m very pleasantly surprised at the ideas I’ve generated and refined through just writing in it. Yesterday for example, I was sitting at the

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life
How can we get into the habit of reading? - Podcast Highlights

How can we get into the habit of reading? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we discuss the challenges of developing a reading habit and how we should approach reading both fiction and non-fiction books...

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast

High-leverage housekeeping
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Hey friends, This week, my brother Taimur (who I host a weekly podcast with in case you haven't heard) introduced me to the idea of high-leverage housekeeping. I like the idea, and I'm going to start using it more in my own life. Here's how he introduces it. ----- Work

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Ali Abdaal
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High-leverage housekeeping

High-leverage housekeeping
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This week, my brother Taimur (who I host a weekly podcast with in case you haven’t heard) introduced me to the idea of high-leverage housekeeping. I like the idea, and I’m going to start using it more in my own life. Here’s how he introduces it. —– Work

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life
Why do we struggle with motivation? - Podcast Highlights

Why do we struggle with motivation? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we talk about motivation and Ali tries to construct a grand theory to explain how we can identify and overcome the issues of motivation.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast

3 minutes vs 3 months
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Hey friends, For the past 3 months, I’ve had an item on my to-do list that’s been taking up mental space and weighing me down emotionally. That item was to create this year’s Google Ads campaigns my side-business. Quick background - Since 2013, I’ve been running

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Ali Abdaal
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3 minutes vs 3 months

3 minutes vs 3 months
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For the past 3 months, I’ve had an item on my to-do list that’s been taking up mental space and weighing me down emotionally. That item was to create this year’s Google Ads campaigns my side-business. Quick background - Since 2013, I’ve been running a company

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life
What makes an awkward silence? - Podcast Highlights

What makes an awkward silence? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we talk about awkward silences, why we think they happen, how we can stop them happening and whether we should stop them happening at all.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast

The Reitoff Principle for Productivity
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Hey friends, As you might know, I'm a big fan of productivity, consistency, discipline and buzzwords. Often however, I find myself in a place where I can't fully enjoy myself because I have a certain guilt hanging over me that I should be doing something 'productive' instead. I'd like to

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Newsletter
Time management, motivation, productivity etc [Inbetweenasode] - Podcast Highlights

Time management, motivation, productivity etc [Inbetweenasode] - Podcast Highlights
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In this Inbetweenasode, Ali answers various questions relating to motivation, productivity, time management and that sort of stuff

Taimur Abdaal
Podcast
The Reitoff Principle for Productivity

The Reitoff Principle for Productivity
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As you might know, I’m a big fan of productivity, consistency, discipline and buzzwords. Often however, I find myself in a place where I can’t fully enjoy myself because I have a certain guilt hanging over me that I should be doing something ‘productive’ instead. I’d like

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Productivity

Why everything is super low risk
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Hey friends, This week, I was listening to an episode of Gary Vaynerchuk’s podcast, in which he was interviewing Tim Ferriss. They were answering phone calls from listeners, many of whom were interesting in starting or growing their own businesses. A common thread in questions was the concern about

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
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How should we take advice? - Podcast Highlights

How should we take advice? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we discuss some of the feedback we've got about the podcast so far and wonder to what extent we should change things up based on advice. We then generalise this to general life - how should we take advice effectively without over-correcting our internal models based on

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast
Why everything is super low risk

Why everything is super low risk
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This week, I was listening to an episode of Gary Vaynerchuk’s podcast, in which he was interviewing Tim Ferriss. They were answering phone calls from listeners, many of whom were interesting in starting or growing their own businesses. A common thread in questions was the concern about the ‘risky’

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Entrepreneurship

A brain-hack to make life more pleasant
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Hey friends, You know that feeling when you come across something on the Internet and it immediately resonates with you and you think of 100 different applications for it? Well I had that feeling after reading one of Seth Godin’s daily blog posts this week. Here's what he says:

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Newsletter
Changing our perspective to make life more pleasant

Changing our perspective to make life more pleasant
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You know that feeling when you come across something on the Internet and it immediately resonates with you and you think of 100 different applications for it? Well I had that feeling after reading one of Seth Godin’s daily blog posts this week. Here’s what he says: Deadlines

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life
Why do we love our jobs? - Podcast Highlights

Why do we love our jobs? - Podcast Highlights
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This is the first episode that features a guest! Paul Tern, a Cambridge-grad junior doctor who works in London, joins the discussion about why we love our jobs.

Taimur Abdaal
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Medical Adventure in Sudan

Medical Adventure in Sudan
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In January 2019, me and a group of doctors from Cambridge travelled to Sudan for a medical mission trip. With a team of Sudanese doctors, pharmacists, lab techs and 80 medical students from Khartoum University, we set up 6 medical clinics in rural villages in Northern Sudan. More info coming

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
YouTube

A small dose of positivity
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Hey friends, I’ve spent this past week working as the surgical FY1 (junior doctor) in the Emergency Department. This involves fielding phone calls from GPs (general practitioners) who think their patients might have a surgical issue and need urgent assessment. I’m often the first doctor to see them

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
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A small dose of positivity

A small dose of positivity
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In this post I want to tell you how it looks like to work as a surgical FY1 (junior doctor) in the Emergency Department. This involves fielding phone calls from GPs (general practitioners) who think their patients might have a surgical issue and need urgent assessment. I’m often the

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Happiness
Why should you invest in a good kitchen bin? - Podcast Highlights

Why should you invest in a good kitchen bin? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we explore "Measure" — a mental model for spending time and money more effectively. Based on this framework, we conclude that everyone should get a good kitchen bin and a voice coach, and that Ali probably shouldn't get a Tesla.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast
My most popular articles

My most popular articles
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This post marks the 1-year anniversary of this blog. What started as a deviant thought has grown into a blog with many readers who (somehow) seem to care what a random 20-something has to say. So firstly, thank you - for following and reading my posts, for engaging with the

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life

My most popular articles
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Hey friends, This issue marks the 1-year anniversary of this weekly email newsletter. What started as a deviant thought has grown into a weekly ritual with 6,000 subscribers who (somehow) seem to care what a random 20-something has to say. So firstly, thank you - for allowing me to

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Newsletter
Why do we struggle with consistency? - Podcast Highlights

Why do we struggle with consistency? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode we discuss how consistency in almost every domain is a super power, and come to a few conclusions about what helps us be more consistent with things like morning routines, gym workouts and writing practices.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast

Using Notion as a Resonance Calendar
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Hey friends, I talked in last week’s email about how I’ve started using the app Notion as a Second Brain. Almost daily I’ve been discovering new ways of using it to make my life more pleasant and productive. Lots of you replied to the email asking for

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Newsletter
Why do we hate networking events? - Podcast Highlights

Why do we hate networking events? - Podcast Highlights
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In this episode, we discuss why we hate networking events but love group holidays, and we try and figure out how to better connect with our fellow human beings.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast
Using Notion as a Resonance Calendar

Using Notion as a Resonance Calendar
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I talked in a previous post about how I’ve started using the app Notion as a Second Brain. Almost daily I’ve been discovering new ways of using it to make my life more pleasant and productive. I had lots of comments from readers asking for specifics about how

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Personal Knowledge Management

Building a Second Brain
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Hey friends, A few Sundays ago, I shared a link in this newsletter to an article called How to create Idea babies - A knowledge processing system for marketers, creators and knowledge workers. This led me down the rabbit hole of the internet and I ultimately came across the concept

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
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Building a Second Brain

Building a Second Brain
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In a recent issue of my weekly email newsletter, I shared a link to an article called How to create Idea babies - A knowledge processing system for marketers, creators and knowledge workers. This led me down the rabbit hole of the internet and I ultimately came across the concept

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Personal Knowledge Management

Why are we scared to put ourselves out there?
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In this episode, we discuss why we were (once) scared to put ourselves out there and how we overcame that fear.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast
I'm starting a podcast!

I'm starting a podcast!
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No motivational life advice from me this week I’m afraid (although I’ve included 2 Kindle Highlights below to make up for it). Instead, I want to tell you about a podcast that my brother and I have just launched. It’s called Not Overthinking, and it’ll be

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast

I'm starting a podcast!
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Hey friends, No motivational life advice from me this week I'm afraid (although I've included 2 Kindle Highlights below to make up for it). Instead, I want to tell you about a podcast that my brother and I have just launched. It's called Not Overthinking, and it'll be a weekly

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Newsletter

Why do we like to be correct?
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In this pilot episode of Not Overthinking, we discuss our reasons for starting the podcast, and then have a chat about why we feel the urge to be correct in everyday conversation.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Podcast

The 2-minute productivity rule
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Hey friends, There’s a good book called Getting Things Done - The Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen. It’s widely seen as the bible on productivity. There’s a simple concept in it called the 2-minute rule. It goes something like: If a task will take less

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
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The 2-minute productivity rule

The 2-minute productivity rule
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There’s a good book called Getting Things Done - The Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen. It’s widely seen as the bible on productivity. There’s a simple concept in it called the 2-minute rule. It goes something like: If a task will take less than 2

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Productivity

Parkinson's Law
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Hey friends, This week, I met up with a chap called Chris. He's of the Acute Medicine Consultants at my hospital. Some friends and I are working with him on a Quality Improvement Project to improve the way junior doctors at my hospital respond to cardiac arrests. We shared our

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
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Parkinson's Law

Parkinson's Law
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This week, I met up with a chap called Chris. He’s of the Acute Medicine Consultants at my hospital. Some friends and I are working with him on a Quality Improvement Project to improve the way junior doctors at my hospital respond to cardiac arrests. We shared our thoughts

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Productivity

My rule for watching TV
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Hey friends, When I was in secondary school, I used to watch many hours of TV shows each week. At one point or another, I was watching Gossip Girl, 90210, The Vampire Diaries, Greys Anatomy, Chuck, The Secret Circle, The Originals and Suits. And let’s not forget the various

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
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My rule for watching TV

My rule for watching TV
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When I was in secondary school, I used to watch many hours of TV shows each week. At one point or another, I was watching Gossip Girl, 90210, The Vampire Diaries, Greys Anatomy, Chuck, The Secret Circle, The Originals and Suits. And let’s not forget the various series I

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life

Keystone Habits
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In Atomic Habits James Clear writes about Keystone Habits - small choices that lead to a cascade of other actions. For example, when he and his wife get home from work, they either (a) immediately change into their gym kit, or (b) sit on the sofa. Their evening changes based

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
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Keystone Habits

Keystone Habits
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In Atomic Habits James Clear writes about Keystone Habits - small choices that lead to a cascade of other actions. For example, when he and his wife get home from work, they either (a) immediately change into their gym kit, or (b) sit on the sofa. Their evening changes based

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Productivity

How removing options makes me more productive
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Hey friends, I woke up this morning at 6:15 and, as usual, I was pretty groggy and tired. At that point, as usual, the Resistance started whispering to me - "You went to the gym yesterday; you should take a rest day and sleep for another hour", "you were

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
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How removing options makes me more productive

How removing options makes me more productive
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I woke up this morning at 6:15 and, as usual, I was pretty groggy and tired. At that point, as usual, the Resistance started whispering to me - “You went to the gym yesterday; you should take a rest day and sleep for another hour”, “you were feeling tired

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal
Life