Best thing ever.
Best thing ever.
Create something you want to exist in the world
The whole article is good, but this resonates as the ‘why’ of building anything.
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
Flow doesn’t fit my personal GTD workflow, but it’s great to read about local(ish) companies succeeding. The last few sentences of the article are great:
“There’s nothing wrong with venture capital. Given the right circumstances, it’s rocket fuel that can take your company to the next level. But why not try building the rocket first?”
You come up with 3 simple habits you want to form, submit them to him, and he emails you throughout the week to check if you’re on track, and provides suggestions for how you can make the habits simpler to increase the chances you’ll actually do them.
As per his habit design lecture, the idea here is that a habit is much more likely to be formed if it is incredibly simple and requires little motivation, which is the opposite of what most people focus on when trying to provide motivation to form habits/change behaviour.
Here are my three tiny habits for the week:
You’ll notice they’re all phrased in the same way: he suggests you tie new habits to well established ones, because you need a trigger to remember to do that action.
Pretty simple stuff, but it will be fun to see how well I do after a week (and then after a month or two).
Not quite as hardcore as the author of this article, I’ve been experimenting with turning off push notifications on email (and other mediums). It’s quite refreshing, I suggest you try it.
I’ve often thought that time is a better measure than distance to explain distance (I probably didn’t write that correctly). For example, how far away do you live from where you work? Most people would say “half an hour or so”, not “about a kilometer”.
TIMEMAPS (by graphsic)
Due to the good public transportation in the Netherlands distance has become irrelevant. We can reach almost any destination by train easily and relatively quick. In our busy lives we now think in time rather than distance. Therefore the current maps, as we know them today, are obsolete. Thinking in time affects a map and hence the shape of the Netherlands also depending on the perspective from which we look. From the perspective of Eindhoven, for instance, the Netherlands is relatively small because of the quick and easy connections to other cities. At the same time, seen from a more remote and small village such as Stavoren the Netherlands is much bigger. Not only the location from which one looks, or travels, but the hour of the day is very important. At night the map will expand because there are no night trains and in the morning it will shrink once trains will commence their schedules. The map of the Netherlands will never be the same again.This short movie shows a quick demo of TIMEMAPS and how the map will shrink and grow during 24hours in Eindhoven.
TIMEMAPS can be explored at timemaps.nl
© Vincent Meertens
Great video on designing for behaviour change.
"Help people, step by step, do what they already want to do".
He discusses how motivation is just one aspect of behaviour, with ability and a trigger being the other components. I’ve found a lot of the talk about gamification over the last few years has missed this piece, choosing instead to focus on extrinsic motivation over all else. Turns out, if you want to promote a specific behaviour, make it ridiculously easy to do when an appropriate trigger is applied. It’s pretty obvious when you think about it, but it’s powerful to hear it expressed so clearly in this video.
It’s a video of me, everyday for a year. I skipped a few days, but I did pretty well.