Category Archives: life maintenance

The barriers to the task

For about two months now I have been putting in effort to run in the mornings.  To make this happen, I had to take away all the barriers to me wanting to do that.  There were plenty of them, and … Continue reading

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Time management and do your tasks in a different order

I have been trying out some (new for me) time management techniques.  Various people tell me that they do this naturally, but I had to learn it manually. This one involves: Noticing that you don’t really know what you are … Continue reading

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Applicable advice

Part 2: http://bearlamp.com.au/addendum-to-applicable-advice/ Part 2 on lesswrong: http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/nuf/addendum_to_applicable_advice/ Einstein said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” The Feynman Algorithm: Write down the problem. Think real … Continue reading

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Setting up my work environment – Doing the causation backwards

About two years ago, when I first got my smart phone (yes, later than most of the other humans).  I was new to apps, and I was new to environments.  When I decided on what apps should be on my home … Continue reading

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Low hanging productivity – improving your workspace

Tl;dr – Simple changes to workspaces like a big screen can make a big difference. This week I spent a few days away from my usual desk.  I have been house sitting.  I didn’t think too much of it; I … Continue reading

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People who lie about how much they eat are jerks

Weight loss journey is a long and complicated problem solving adventure.  This is one small factor that adds to the confusion.  You probably have that one friend.  Appears to eat a whole bunch, and yet doesn’t put on weight.  If … Continue reading

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The application of the secretary problem to real life dating

The following problem is best when not described by me: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_problem Although there are many variations, the basic problem can be stated as follows: There is a single secretarial position to fill. There are n applicants for the position, and … Continue reading

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correlations, correlation – What came before

I went to a funeral once for someone I had recently met.  it was unfortunate and I barely knew him.  At the ceremony his father got up and said: to the young people in the room, my son was a … Continue reading

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Should you change where you live? (a worked “how to solve a question”)

It’s not a hard question, but it potentially has a lot of moving parts. This post is going to be two in one.  The first is whether you should move geography, the second is how I go through a problem. … Continue reading

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General buying considerations?

The following is an incomplete list of suggestions for generic considerations that you might like to make when you go out to buy a thing. I have tried to put the list in order; being generic – certain things will … Continue reading

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