Episode from the podcastLate Nights with Trav and Los

Expectational Debt

Released Tuesday, 12th January 2016
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Expectational Debt


  • back from vacation

  • trying to get ahead of the work

  • expectations of others



We are indebted by the expectations of our employers, community leaders, friends, family, and maybe most demanding of all; ourselves.

  • How do we impose debt onto ourselves?
    • incomplete projects

    • other peoples requests

    • emotional-based long term commitment




Without completely being aware of it, we can sell the expectations of our time and energy pretty cheaply.

  • debt can be positive, its how all relationships work



Controlling Debt



  • like finances, a lot of debt can be going to places without even knowing it



  • make a list of your roles / responsibilities



  • Identify bad debt



  • Cal Newport calls it deep work and light work (Critical output / vs emails)

    • The ability to focus is the new IQ




Have strength to redouble your good commitments, and abandon your bad debt.
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