Productivity
"People tend to abandon the good system theyโ€™ll follow in search of the perfect system that they will quit." โ€•Tim Ferriss

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  • On distractions:
    โ€œFollow the wandering, the distraction, find out why the mind has wandered; pursue it, go into it fully. When the distraction is completely understood, then that particular distraction is gone. When another comes, pursue it also.โ€ Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • The 70% Rule by Jeff Bezos (2016 Letter to Shareholders):
    โ€œMost decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you wish you had. If you wait for 90%, in most cases, youโ€™re probably being slow. Plus, either way, you need to be good at quickly recognizing and correcting bad decisions. If youโ€™re good at course correcting, being wrong may be less costly than you think, whereas being slow is going to be expensive for sure.โ€
  • Can't start? Use BJ Fogg's technique: make an action as small as possible, do less than you are capable of doing.
    • Use positive constraints like the Pomidoro Technique.
    • Build in incentives and consequences: make yourself socially accountable, check in or a bet (we work harder to combat loss aversion).
  • Too big To Do list? Can't decide where to start? Ask: "Which one of these if done will make the rest irrelevant or easy?"

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