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
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.
Nir Eyal’s talk on building behaviors instead of products.
Or, putting the user first. Or, executing on what users do with your product.
Rory Sutherland says this is important. May take me a few dozen viewings before I fully understand.
The post covers ‘Hooked’ by Nir Eyal, which covers “unprompted user engagement” – in other words – explains why I type facebook.com into the address bar before I’m fully cognizant of doing so.
Taleb: “Never let a mistake go to waste.”