3 Minute Monday – Completion, Time & CDs

3 Minute Monday

Hi friend,

I managed to come down with laryngitis this week.

Apparently there are other illnesses than covid in existence, who knew.

If you’ve never had laryngitis before, its only goal seems to be stopping you from being able to speak.

Which is obviously fantastic for podcasting.

So yes, I’ve been whispering my way through the last 7 days and getting angry at my own vocal cords.

I hope you’ve had a less inconvenient week.

I’ve been thinking about the value of finishing tasks properly.

Whether it be training in the gym or doing the washing up, the difference between completing an activity 100% fully as you’d planned to and 99% completing it makes a hell of a difference.

In fact it makes all the difference.

How you do anything is how you do everything.

But it’s more than that.

It’s about the story you tell yourself and the satisfaction of a job well done.

Let’s say you decide to leave early and miss the final set of your workout in the gym.

You’ve stuck to the plan throughout the entire session, and then at the final hurdle decided to sell yourself short.

You’ve trained hard and done the bulk of the session already, what does it matter if you miss the last part off?

Well it matters because you’ve already done all the hard work and all you need is a tiny bit more effort to feel unblemishedly proud of your effort.

Throwing a fly into that ointment opens the door for you to miss two sets next week, and a session the week after.

The satisfaction of a job well done is everything.

And selling yourself short tarnishes that.

Maybe even more importantly, sticking to your plan teaches you that you’re the sort of person who can keep a commitment to yourself.

Having faith in your own word is a superpower.

Saying you’re going to do something and knowing that you’ll go through with it is the foundation of confidence.

And you erode this by not completing your work properly.

Even if you think it’s not that big of a deal, your subconscious will always know.

There’s a little counter in the back of your mind which is ticking over and keeping track.

Give it something good to write down.


I do a podcast which has had 20 million+ downloads. You should subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

This week’s upcoming episodes:

Oliver Burkeman – an awesome episode on time management with The Guardian’s productivity columnist. Great insight into how to view time as a resource and strategies for spending it wisely.

Dr Clay Routledge – Existential Psychology is the study of how humans add meaning to our lives. Clay breaks down exactly what his lab has discovered. Profound & practical.

Not sure yet. Maybe Unjaded Jade on how to revise and study for any exam.


Time is king.

“At a personal level, there is no better use of money than saving time.

It blows my mind that my parents will consistently drive 30 minutes out of their way to save $2 on gas.” — Shane Parrish

Twitter users broke the Pareto Principle.

A recent study showed that the 10 percent most active tweeters generate 81 percent of all tweets.

Which seems about right when you think about it, my feed is always the same people.

h/t Rolf Degen.

Japan loves CDs.

CD sales still make up 78% of music revenue in Japan (compared with less than 30% in the UK).

Japanese pop fans have been encouraged to buy multiple copies of their favourite releases to win rewards.

Buy 2,000 copies to win a night at a hot spring with your favourite star.

One 32 year-old fan was charged with illegally dumping 585 copies of a CD on the side of a mountain.


Get around article limits with Incognito Mode.

Some websites like Medium have a restriction on the number of premium articles you can view per month.

Just open Google Chrome in Incognito Mode and you can get around this.

Big love,
Chris x

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Huge shout out to everyone I met this weekend at the International Fitness Summit in London.


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