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.
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 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?