Monday quicky on decision making: Decision making is one of the toughest daily activities we have to master. Jocely K. Glei posted an interesting article on 99u about this very topic and points out clearly that there isn´t any hard rule to stick on. It´s a process we can improve with every little decision we make day by day.
Studying different approaches and theories Glei shares her key findings and starts out with the most interesting one.
Satisficers vs Maximizers
This finding is very important and I can find myself in the characteristics of an maximizers quite often. She quotes Herbert Simon:
Those who have read Malcolm Gladwells „Outliers“ know his 10.000 hour rule pretty well.
Gladwells states that one who practices something for 10.000 hours will become a grandmaster of this field.
Learning something like coding, a skill, a language or something else for 10.000 hours will so get us to the point where we can call us professionals. He extremely simplifies it but he points out his message clearly.
A lot of people already talked and philosophized about this topic. Once again Derek Sivers shows his experiences and let us think about the saying “fish don´t know they´re in water“.
He is so right with culture in general and even local culture of your community, family and friends.
Definitely a worth reading 3-4 minutes quick read.
Derek Sivers gives some food for thoughts in his article Everything is my fault. He starts his article with talking about his book “Anything you want” – which is by the way great and absolutely worth reading. It´s kind of a “quickread” and filled with impressive stories and Derek´s views of life.
The skill to stick to a habit is super important because this makes the difference between most successful and not successful people. Good habits we can stick to can be eating healthy, learning constantly, doing sports, getting up early, taking care of our relationsships and so on.
Leo Babauta points it out: “The hardest thing for most people, when it comes to building habits, is sticking to it long enough for it to become ingrained.” And this is what we all know. I started playing guitar – quitted. Started learning Thai – quitted. And so on…
The Worry That You’re Doing the Wrong Thing Right Now
Let´s take a typical start of a workday like the author of “The Worry” on “zen habits” Leo Babauta did:
You begin one task from an email, but then quickly have the urge to see if there’s something else more important you should be doing. And this problem repeats itself — every time you sit down with one thing, the dozens of others on your mind (and the many potential urgent items that might be coming in as you sit there) are grasping for your attention.
Is there ever any certainty that you´re doing the right thing right now?