Strong Opinions, Loosely Held

By Elizabeth Filips

Hiya, I'm Elizabeth, a medical student and artist in London. Every Sunday I write about exploring meaning, productivity, little pleasures and just navigating life. And some of my favourite things that week.

Hiya, I'm Elizabeth, a medical student and artist in London. Every Sunday I write about exploring meaning, productivity, little pleasures and just navigating life. And some of my favourite things that week.

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How to make anything enjoyable - here's how to achieve your New Year Goals

When a writer explains the failures of his characters, in a way, he forgives himself too.— Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi PhD with Readwise


My Annual Review Notion Template - 21 Questions for 2021

How did you have fun differently in 2021?How did you suffer differently in 2021?What people/kind of people did you spend less time with in 2021?What people/kind of people did you spend more time with in 2021?What did you feel guilty for in 2021?What 3 people …



I HAVE A COURSE OUT NOW!For the longest time I've wanted to create a course on Knowledge Management in Notion and I've finally got the guts to do it! If you're also a nerd and you've wanted to improve your note-taking, information management and processing, t…


A friendship skill everyone should have

To believe is to know you are believing, and to know you are believing is not believing.— James P. Carse with Readwise


My string of control

People are not as limited as much by their condition as their attitude to it.— With the end in mind, Kathryn Mannix with Readwise


Efficiency is making you angry

"Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions. ”— Readwise


Emotional Decision Making

"The courage to be happy also includes the courage to be disliked. When you have gained that courage, your interpersonal relationships will all at once change into things of lightness.”— The courage to be disliked, Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi with Readwi…


Tell me what you care about

"Life is a continual process of arrival into who we are.”Tools of Titans, with Readwise


Everything has changed

"Sometimes, I’m not a participant in my own life. I’m an observer of that guy who’s doing it.”Jocko Willink, with Readwise


Are you addicted to pain?

"Shallow are the souls that have forgotten how to shudder.”— The Righteous Mind - Jonathan Haidt, with Readwise


Hey, you don't hate your job do you?

"In all those hours, it was us against the world, and we felt sorry for the world.”— Shoe Dog, Phil Knight with Readwise


Stop flattering yourself, you're not that bad.

"Animals only fight when both individuals believe they are stronger.”— Habits of a Happy Brain, Loretta Graziano Breuning with Readwise


Productivity is a trap, don't fall for it

"“Life, I knew, was supposed to be more joyful than this, more real, more meaningful, and the world was supposed to be more beautiful. We were not supposed to hate Mondays and live for the weekends and holidays. We were not supposed to have to raise our hands…


Our sense of time is all wrong and what to do about it

"The mistakes made by people say more about the intrinsic difficulties of the problem, than the fallibility of the human brain," — Algorithms to live by, Brian Christian


OK honey, what would make this situation better for you?

“Praise isn’t just different from unconditional love; it’s the polar opposite. It’s a way of saying to children: “You have to jump through my hoops in order for me to express support and delight.”’" — Unconditional Parenting, Alfie Kohn


Are you still the same person?

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’" — Hunt…


Should you follow your dreams?

“I see my future now more as a step forward instead of a whole new beginning." — 100 Simple Secrets of the Best Half of Life - David Niven PhD


What if you die tomorrow?

“Death is every man's privilege." — Time enough for love - Heinlein Robert


An easy way to feel better

“Give the future enough thought to be ready for it—but don’t worry about it. Live each day as if you were to die next sunrise. Then face each sunrise as a fresh creation and live for it, joyously. And never think about the past. No regrets, ever." — Time enou…


You need to start seeing yourself as a bear

“The astounding thing about a waltzing bear is not how gracefully it waltzes but that it waltzes at all." — Time enough for love - Heinlein Robert