There is a pattern in many of my failures, my unsuccessful attempts at… whatever: I got too complicated. I created too many rules. I overwhelmed myself because the mental effort of remembering and following and tinkering with and optimizing and applying the rules was too much. The complication depleted my energy and intellectual capacity. I used up my power managing a complex system rather than doing the thing I wanted… Continue reading
Build a small version first.
Whatever it is.
The thing you want to do. That big thing you want to do.
There’s a small version of it, and you can build it right now.
You don’t have to be an expert to build a small version. Think of it as a model. A prototype. It’s just an experiment. Play around with it.
The… Continue reading
Here’s a moment brought to you by 3 preschoolers.
My daughter and son and niece are swimming. Floatie-laden. I’m sitting beside the pool, trying to read. Suddenly: screams. Terror. Flailing arms. Splashing. Lots of splashing.
I jump up and am about to launch into the pool when I realize no one’s drowning.
The waves calm, the screams quiet, and turns out that there was a spider
This is a thing that I like. I didn’t come up with it, a smarter person did. His name is Peter Bregman and he’s the guy who came up with this to-do list made of six boxes.
I’ve created a to-do list that’s made of six boxes — one for each of my five areas of focus and the 6th labeled “the other 5%”. That other… Continue reading
1. Not all work is important work, but it’s easy to waste your time on details. Learn about the difference between deep work and shallow work. Focus on the deep work. Limit the shallow work. Say no to wasting time on details.
I have let this habit lapse for the last couple of months. So I’m writing about it to make myself start doing it again.