Category Archives: life maintenance

Working with multiple problems at once

I have a friend who works in a charity which deals with people who are on the streets.  She was telling me about the struggles they face and the difficulties they are working with.  It seems like every person out … Continue reading

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Experiments, iterations and the scientific method

Today, an ordinary day.  I woke up at 6am.  It was still dark out.  I did a quick self-check. “Did I wake up with energy?”  No not really…  note to self.  But it is quite early. Rewind one day. Yesterday … Continue reading

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Quantified self – Tracking with a form

This is my daily survey for myself: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeeN80ltyWTP7S0B-Xwrg-ArwHRG6RyvUvJGl0ZpLR3C__Y3g/viewform There are many reasons for tracking.  A few really good ones come from the book how to measure anything.  Without annotating an entire book, here are a few good reasons to track (also why … Continue reading

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yak shaving 2

Part 1: Exploration-Exploitation Part 2: Bargaining Trade-offs to your brain. Part 2a: Empirical time management Part 3: The time that you have Part 3a: A purpose finding exercise Part 4: What does that look like in practice? Part 4a: Lost purposes – Doing … Continue reading

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Deriving techniques on the fly

Last year Lachlan Cannon came back from a CFAR reunion and commented that instead of just having the CFAR skills we need the derivative skills.  The skills that say, “I need a technique for this problem” and let you derive … Continue reading

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In support of Yak Shaving

Yak shaving is heralded as pretty much “the devil” of trying to get things done.  The anti-yak shaving movement will identify this problem as being one of focus.  The moral of the story they give is “don’t yak shave“. Originally posted in … Continue reading

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Instrumental behaviour: Inbox zero – A guide – v2

This post is modified from the original. Original post: Instrumental behaviour: Inbox zero – A guide This will be brief. Inbox zero is a valuable thing to maintain.  Roughly promoted around the web as having an empty inbox. An email inbox … Continue reading

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New year’s resolutions: Things worth considering for next year

Original post: New year’s resolutions: Things worth considering for next year This post is duplicated in full from the original. The beginning of the new year is a natural Schelling Point and swiftly approaching. With that in mind I have created … Continue reading

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A purpose finding exercise

Part 1: Exploration-Exploitation Part 2: Bargaining Trade-offs to your brain. Part 2a: Empirical time management Part 3: The time that you have Part 3a: A purpose finding exercise Part 4: What does that look like in practice? Part 4a: Lost purposes – Doing … Continue reading

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Lost purposes – Doing what’s easy or what’s important

Part 1: Exploration-Exploitation Part 2: Bargaining Trade-offs to your brain. Part 2a: Empirical time management Part 3: The time that you have Part 3a: A purpose finding exercise Part 4: What does that look like in practice? Part 4a: Lost purposes – Doing … Continue reading

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