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Hello my friends,

"The unpleasant essentials" by Josh Pigford resonated with me this week. It's a short read, but he proposes that projects lose momentum when we come up against tasks we dread. Procrastination takes over, and you end up stalling out.

He says, "The goal isn't to avoid unpleasantness; it's to reduce decision fatigue. You front-load all the major decisions and then simply follow the plan. The end."

Josh's article helped me reframe my thinking — and I ended up knocking out a lot of "unpleasant essentials" this week.

Hopefully, it will work for you, too.

Until next time,

Matt Downey
@buildyourbridge

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Imitate, then innovate

It’s counterintuitive, but the more we imitate others, the faster we can discover our unique style.

Good to Great by Jim Collins

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