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I've just finished a long week of recording new video content and finalising a new section on the website - Legal Guides: a selection of articles to help with every aspect of becoming a lawyer, from quick tips to the secret sauce of successful applications. More articles will be coming soon! 

Anyway, I was considering skipping this week's email because I'm pretty tired and felt like having an easy Sunday, but I made a commitment to myself (and to you) to send an email at the end of each week and so it will be done. 

Just Showing Up

I imagine no one will care about something as trivial as a missed email, but I feel that when it comes to building productive habits, consistency and ‘just showing up’ is really important.

Let's say we’re making a commitment to ourselves that we’ll go to the gym every other day, or that we’ll study for our exams every day, or anything like that. We’re definitely going to have days where we can’t be bothered. We’ll make up dubious reasons, telling ourselves that one missed day doesn’t matter and that we’ll work twice as hard the following day to make it up.

This is a trap. Habits are built on consistency. The way I see it, it doesn’t really matter what we do at the gym, as long as we just show up. We can reduce the intensity of our workout, we can even just do a few stretches while watching YouTube videos, but as long as we’ve showed up, that’s what matters. 

Let’s apply this to exams - we need to study for an exam, but we’re having one of those days where we cba to do anything. The important thing is to just show up. We should sit down with our books/laptops/iPads and just commit to doing 10 minutes of active recall. Usually, we’ll find that we end up doing far more, because once we’re in the swing of it, we can keep going. But even if we don’t, even if we just do those 10 minutes, that’s infinitely better than nothing.

So when I have those days when I can’t be bothered, I like to reduce the intensity but still show up. With this email, for example - I’ve composed it on my phone while stuck in traffic on the motorway (I’m a passenger don’t worry). It’s by no means a literary masterpiece, but I’ve shown up and written something that I hope will have value to at least one person. That’s a win in my book. Far better to do that than to skip the email because ‘it’s not good enough’.

Just my malformed two pennies on that front. If you’d like to learn more about habit formation, the book ‘The Power of Habit’ is an interesting read. And below you’ll find links to fun articles / videos I came across this week and thought I’d share.

Have a great week!



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I’m Gareth, a teacher, YouTuber, scientist, and digital marketer from Birmingham, UK. Every Sunday I write an email newsletter with some thoughts, life lessons and interesting articles I discovered on the internet that week - plus a few extra things!
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