Category Archives: self-improvement

yak shaving 2

part 1 of yak shaving.  It wan necessary to write part two because part 1 was not clear enough about what the problem is.  I don’t disagree with the comments, and I apologise for not presenting it better in the … Continue reading

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Some notes from “Turn the ship around” By L. David Marquet

The premise of the book is that to be a good leader is to get people to follow you.  which means you can be a leader by doing ridiculous things and have people just follow to see what will happen, … Continue reading

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Purposeful anti-rush

This post is duplicated from the original. Original post: http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/ndw/purposeful_antirush/ Why do we rush? Things happen; Life gets in the way, and suddenly we find ourselves trying to get to somewhere with less time than it’s possible to actually get there … 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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Procrastination checklist

This post duplicates my original. Original post: Procrastination checklist This list is a revision of this checklist: http://lesswrong.com/lw/hgd/10step_antiprocrastination_checklist/ 1. What is the task? Make sure you’re going to focus on one thing at a time.  Write it down (helps some people).  (If … Continue reading

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Worked example of a mnemonic Memory technique

In 2015 I wrote a list of techniques to help you remember names. Today I was working through trying to remember a specific theory and I noticed a pattern I have been using for a few days now.  When trying … Continue reading

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A purpose finding exercise

I had a friend confused and come to me asking for suggestions on how to find her purpose.  I love these questions because it’s a journey I have also been on.  There is no solid answer to that but there … Continue reading

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Bargaining trade-offs in your brain

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 4: What does that look like in practice? So you are now at the point where you are thinking … Continue reading

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Turning the dial to eleven

I have a local lesswronger, he likes to use the phrase, “turning the dial to eleven”. I think XKCD emphasises it well: There’s something sweetly satisfying about turning the dial TO THE MAX just to see what it does. The really beautiful thing … Continue reading

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Exploration-Exploitation problems

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 4: What does that look like in practice? I have been working on the assumption that exploration-exploitation knowledge was … Continue reading

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