The cycle of Plan it-Do it-Reviewit, is simple, powerful and effective.
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.
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.
A better approach is using your past behavior as a guide to your future behavior.
Past behavior includes more context of how the world works than you get when trying to envision future behavior. It’s also based on the idea that how people react to outlier events – booms, busts, stress, joy – is driven more by emotions that are stable in time than intelligence that evolves over time.
Forget invisibility or flight: the superpower we all want is the ability to do several things at once.
That’s Tim Harford writing Multi-tasking: how to survive in the 21st century
It’s a 2015 article that’s still very much relevent. For most actionable advice scroll to the end where there are some tips on taming multitasking and using GTD Method.
Drawing inspiration from sprints, I wanted to see what would happen if I did a personal reflection every month instead of waiting for a whole year to pass before checking in with my resolutions. I wanted to see how my life would change if I had a clear focus and achieved a goal each month, instead of setting and forgetting my goals each year.
This idea definitely grabbed my attention and its something I have scheduled to test in the coming months.
Mindfulness, one of the qualities developed in meditation, begins to shift the balance back, effectively lengthening our lives by deepening our days and years. The more life is weighted towards attending to present moment experience, the more abundant time seems.
Reducing your desires has the same effect as leveraging your assets, but with no downside risk.
45 minutes of reflection: what do i need to anticipate?, what do i need to do better?, what do i need to do differently?
Ramit Sethi has called this the “Briefcase Technique,”saying that the best job applicants wait for a moment right after the pleasantries have ended and the basic information about the position has been explained. It is here, after they have answered just enough questions to establish comfort and trust, that they reveal how much research they have done prior to showing up, by explaining all the things they’ve learned about the business, how they intend to improve it and exactly why they’re the right person for the job. This move, done politely but confidently, immediately separates them from all the other potential hires.
COWEN: Based on your own upbringing as a boy, if you were giving advice to someone raising a child through the age of 18, what would be the takeaway you would offer from your own life experience up to that age?
TALEB: Get a degree from school, but become an autodidact. Don’t waste time trying to get an A because you’re not going — we’re gonna talk about it with Bryan — you’re not going to remember all that shit. You always remember what you try to read by yourself.
Read as much as you can, and try to get the lowest possible passing grades you can at school.
I remember the stuff I read by myself, that I was driven. I don’t remember stuff that was given to me at school. It’s an allocation of time.
I discovered that I wanted to be a writer as a kid. I realized to have an edge as a writer, you can’t really know what people know. You’ve got to know a lot of stuff that they don’t know.
I started reading books voraciously, and also read books that, with some instinct, that would be helpful 20 years from now. Therefore, it’s not the latest nonfiction best seller.
So I read a lot of stuff. And I think that I would recommend doing the same. Read as much as you can, and try to get the lowest possible passing grades you can at school. Don’t study stuff like history because it’s going to be revised.
Geography, history, all these. For instance, chemistry or stuff like that. Math is, I think, probably the only thing you can pick up at school that’s useful.
Noted for when my dauther is in school and I’m getting too much wrapped around grades – provided she still reads a lot.