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
Learn from times iterated over time spent.
Craft a thousand tweets before ten blog posts before one novel.
Skim a dozen books before absorbing one.
Make many small investments before a few big bets.
Build many small products before starting a company.
Explore, then exploit.
— Naval (@naval) October 18, 2018
And the irony is that you’re more likely to be right if you’re constantly trying to prove yourself wrong.
While I don’t own a Mac I occasionally listen to the Mac Power Users podcast.
Recently the hosts revisitted topic of task management. While they mostly shared their experience and workflows using Omnifocus the ideas and strategies are easily transferable to pretty much any task manager.
We can be asynchronous or connect when you need. Want to listen to Spotify, connect. Want to call Uber, simply connect. Want to pay bills, just connect. Need to Amazon, connect. Want to socialize – go have coffee or call a friend for a coffee. Want to inform yourself, skip Social Media. Instead, just read a book or two.
Good example of how one can control the internet, rather than sync with it make it anynchronous. Connect only when you need it, make the offline a default setting.
such a great observation from Nicholas Bate
It’s tempting not to write the problem down for fear of making it real.
But the process of writing it down starts the process of reducing the problem, taming its power and identifying a solution.
Optimist “[…]knows all this stuff does not preclude eventual growth and improvement. The bad stuff is a necessary and normal path that things getting better over time rides on. Progress happens when people learn something new. And they learn the most, as a group, when stuff breaks. It’s essential.”
Out of the three I aim for the first one although it’s not easy.