Max your production with these ideas.
Just Do it (Again).
It is frustratingly hard to do what you plan to do. One reason for that is time inconsistency
. “In the moment, people often want to be entertained. On reflection, they often want to be improved.” (here
) To overcome such fickleness, we need to rig the game with our ‘in-the-moment’ self. Mark Paluta and I wrote
a short note on how to rig the game. Here are two small points by Mark that I think were especially fun:
There are two other helpful mental models for building habits. One is momentum, and the other is error correction.
Momentum: P(do the thingt+1 | do the thingt)
Error correction: P(do the thingt+1 | !do the thingt)
The best way to build momentum is to track streaks (famously used by Jerry Seinfeld
). Not only do you get a reward every time you successfully complete the task, but the longer your streak, the less you want to break it.
Error correction on the other hand is turning a failure into motivation. Don’t miss two days in a row. Failure is part of the process, but do not let it compound. View the failure as step 0 of the next streak.
“Sodium Citrate is the secret ingredient to make any cheese into smooth, creamy nacho
cheese sauce. Coincidentally, Sodium Citrate’s chemical formula is Na₃C₆H₅O₇” — Massimo
“Vision is a process that produces from images of the external world a description that is useful to the viewer and not cluttered with irrelevant information.” Marr and Nishihara
Lost in Translation:
“Life is short, “The Idiot” long.” — David Remnick
on Constance Garnett’s ability to move on from a word or a phrase that she didn’t understand when translating a book.