I'm Kirk Wheeler. It's January 11th, 2021. I'm so glad you're here.

For many of us, the new year is still beginning. There's so much going on in the world. But I thought it would still make a lot of sense to talk about habits, routines and organization. As a parent, you know just how  precious your time is.  And anything you can do to get even 1% better every day, is a worthy endeavor. I am keeping things focused around the idea of ignorance being the source. With a little twist.  

"No other species lives with regret over past events or makes deliberate plans for future ones." -Daniel J Levitan

Daniel Levitin has written two of my favorite books. One, This Is Your Brain On Music. And two, The Organized Mind. This quote is from The Organized Mind. And I've used many of the tips and tricks in my personal life, to get all of the thoughts roaming around inside my mind, corralled in some usable fashion. Most of the time, that just means writing them down on paper. Or taking a quick note in my phone. All of these things help declutter our brain and allow us to focus on what's most important, and many times that's being present for our family.

When I consider the idea that we are the only species that is not present focused, that we can ruminate on the past or dream about the future,  I actually feel a bit envious of other creatures who don't have that problem. The first thing that comes to my mind when I consider this is the idea that ignorance is bliss.

If I don't have to worry about the past or plan for the future, then I won't have any of the anxiety or the negativity that comes along for the ride. But I also won't have any of the opportunities.

So I try hard to remind myself that our ability to look back and learn from our mistakes is a huge gift. And our other super power, of being able to plan for the future and cooperate and coordinate with a community of like-minded people to improve the collective state of our world... well, that's nothing short of magic.

As we begin the 21st century. It is really important to look back. And one of the things that Daniel talks about in this book, and I found this incredible, he says that the amount of scientific information that we've learned about or discovered in the last 10 to 20 years, is more than all of the discoveries up to that point. That's from the beginning of language itself,  when we started writing down the ideas that we've figured out or learned. Information is growing exponentially. And it is so hard to keep yourself focused.

So it makes a lot of sense that one of the most important things you can do to navigate this information overload, is to take a little bit of time and figure out the best way to organize what's most important to you.

I hope you find this helpful. And remember there is no forever guide book to parenting. We're all learning as we go. And with curiosity is our map, eventually we'll organize ourselves in a way that makes the most sense for us.

So good luck today. You've got this.  See you tomorrow.

To learn more about Daniel you can visit his website or watch his TED talk.

Daniel Levitin
Daniel Levitin is a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, and bestselling author. He is the author of This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, The Organized Mind, A Field Guide to Lies and Successful Aging (published in the UK as The Changing Mind).
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