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.
How to be more confident.
Being self-critical certainly isn’t working. Time to change it up.
Scenario whatifs make a lot of sense. Planning is a good thing just not too much because it is all about the execution.
You can’t pretend there’s only one way to do it! No business goes as planned, so make 10 radically different plans.
Realizing the initial choices you made are just one of many brings all kinds of weathered wisdom and insight into your business.
A nice feature of the post is how he formatted text and graphics, and stays true to his style, his voice.