And then generals starting measuring body count…
When you measure the wrong thing, you get the wrong thing. Perhaps you can be precise in your measurement, but precision is not significance.
On the other hand, when you are able to expose your work and your process to the right thing, to the metric that actually matters, good things happen.
We need to spend more time figuring out what to keep track of, and less time actually obsessing over the numbers that we are already measuring.
Numbers (and the magic of measuring the right thing) by Seth Godin
Tim Ferriss’s podcast with BJ Miller is required listening. Dr. Miller specializes in palliative (a word I only learned this year) care. The bullshit ends when a human enters the The Zen Hospice Project where the doctor practises. The doctor’s description of the flower ceremony at the hospice left me weepy.
The end is coming up on me faster than I’d like, and this podcast is a good reminder that I need to focus on the right things. What will my final thoughts be? They certainly won’t be concerned with a fucking server in New Jersey.
Replace a habit. Context matters: Make it harder to do that habit. No cold turkey; instead, measure your habit. If-Then planning. Because you broke your ‘cookie fast’ doesn’t mean you should eat the whole box of cookies. Forgive yourself. Reduce the pressure.
Barking Up The Wrong Tree – This Is The Lazy Way To Kill Bad Habits: 8 Secrets From Research.
Dan Pink Interviuew
Best writing advice Dan Pink has ever received: “What promise are you making to the reader?”
How to be more confident.
Being self-critical certainly isn’t working. Time to change it up.
Nir Eyal’s talk on building behaviors instead of products.
Or, putting the user first. Or, executing on what users do with your product.