This January has been the start of a year from which we expect a lot, after a weird 2020. Well, maybe not “a lot”… just to get back to our normal lives. Things are not getting better right now, but I wanna start to write down my suggestions for books, movies, lessons, activities and whatever I found helpful for the month. I don’t know if this will become a monthly activity, but let’s start!
January 2021’s book
During this month I’ve been (finishing) reading Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman. It’s a nice book on the importance of emotions (and their management) in our life. I also started Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
January 2021’s movies
The Minimalists: Less Is Now was a nice short documentary to watch, even if I already watched the previous documentary Minimalism: A documentary about the important things and read the Minimalists’ book. Nothing new, but it gave me a little bit more motivation in decluttering my room and in getting rid of my stuff.
January 2021’s activities
I started a mindfulness program using Atom. If you want to learn mindfulness meditation or you simply want to install it as a new habit, you should check it out. Other than teaching you how to meditate, Atom gives you some lessons on the building of habits.
Sure, I kept on working out every single morning using Fitify (the free version) with a bodyweight training for muscle gain.
I also started to take long walks on weekends on the hills next to my home.
January 2021’s music
Not listening to anything in particular: mostly soft jazz background music or music for coding. The downside of it is that Spotify is now suggesting me pretty much instrumentally music because of my last song choices.
January 2021’s lessons
I finally started “A Handbook for New Stoics: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control―52 Week-by-Week Lessons“. I’m a big fan of Massimo Pigliucci’s work, and this book (or “Live Like A Stoic: 52 Exercises for Cultivating a Good Life” that should be the same thing) helps you to learn Stoicism and incorporate it in your daily life.
January 2021’s quote
“Done is better than perfect” is the quote I can read on my smartphone’s lock screen.