The 80/20 Rule is calculated and determined by your recent effectiveness. Whatever seems like the “highest value” use of your time in any given moment will be dependent on your previous skills and current opportunities.
Total efficiency constrains us. We become super invested in maintaining the status quo because that is where we excel. Innovation is a threat. Change is terrifying. Being perfect at something is dangerous if it’s the only thing you can do.
Who said multitasking is wrong.
Tim Harford shares great examples of creators, scientists and artists who used working on multiple projects to achieve things we know them for.
Just imagine spending 44yrs to write a book. Darwin did it.
Interview with John Gruber on history of markdown, writing and podcasting.
Origins of markdown start at around min 11:00.
Derek Sievers shares his approach to journaling and recording your thinking
For me regular journaling works better on paper but topic journals are great way to capture thoughts and ideas on topics that may be more random and scattered.
I definitely agree with recording thoughts in .txt to ensure long term accessibility.
One thing I’d add is light formatting using markdown syntax.
The counterintuitive insight from all of this research is that the best way to change your entire life is by not changing your entire life. Instead, it is best to focus on one specific habit, work on it until you master it, and make it an automatic part of your daily life. Then, repeat the process for the next habit.
So obvious but so difficult to apply.
The system is simple indeed but it forces you to make hard choices.
Unfortunately there is no silver bullet and all methods take time.
Possibly the most effective methods include reading more on the topic, writing notes and thoughts.
On Reading with a pencil by Austin Kleon.
The cycle of Plan it-Do it-Reviewit, is simple, powerful and effective.
In the area of torrential flow of information ability to think clearly is a must skill to stay on top of your goals, plans and life in general.
The below post summarises few principles of thinking employed by Vaclas Smil
My two favoites are:
- read widely, with maximum curiousity – drawing knowledge from different disciplines help not only understand those disciplines but also make connections between them.
- put reality first and theory last – reality is much more complex and nuanced the any theory can be. Models are useful but they have their limits. Pair with Map is not the Territory
More principles are at A Few Principles for Thinking Clearly.
Translation of GTD’s 5 steps to managing reference information:
Capture > Curate (only the best items)
Clarify > Summarize (the main points)
Organize > Triage (based on actionability)
Reflect > Exploit (by using in a project)
Engage > Recycle (for future discovery)
— Tiago Forte (@fortelabs) October 5, 2018