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Posted by Ken
Jul 13, 2017 at 03:53 PM


Stephen Zeoli wrote:
This thread is such a perfect example of what makes this forum special
>and why I value the people here so much!
> >Steve Z.

I will strongly second this.  While we may discuss CRIMPing and software much of the time, I greatly appreciate the insights folks contribute around issues like work habits and productivity.  My work habits have changed over the past 25+ years, and not always for the better, and there are times when I have struggled to figure out how to best address challenges when they present themselves.  The responses and suggestions that I have received here to requests for advice have always been very thoughtful, and I greatly appreciate both the wisdom and support that is offered.  When you are dealing with an problem or issue, sometimes it is nice to know that you are not the only one dealing “rowing in that boat”.  I only participate in a handful of forums because I do not have the bandwidth for the noise that seems to accompany the desired signal at so many of them, but this one has always been one of my favorites.

A big “THANK YOU” for making this place what it is!



Posted by Paul Korm
Jul 13, 2017 at 04:45 PM


The longer I take breath, the more my conviction grows that terms like “responsibility”, “self reliance”, “willpower”, “grit”, “determination” do not describe behaviors that can be learned and improved.  I have absolutely no idea, really, why I do most of what I do.  I have a kind of dim understanding of what my intentions are, but not what causes them.  This is all fine—makes for a more relaxed point of view—and encourages healthy skepticism.


Posted by Dr Andus
Jul 15, 2017 at 12:29 PM


Franz Grieser wrote:
>Alexander: Thanks for the hint to Dr. Fogg.
>To quote from his site:
>“Only three things will change behavior in the long term.
> >Option A. Have an epiphany
>Option B. Change your environment (what surrounds you)
>Option C. Take baby steps”

Maybe we could also add an Option D. Change the medium.

When working in the digital medium no longer works for you, turn the computer off and work with pen and paper.


Posted by cpb
Jul 22, 2017 at 01:41 AM


Interesting topic.
Way I see it: Willpower isn’t a fuel-like resource, but an inverse measure of satiety.
The most hardworking & ‘disciplined’ people I’ve encountered are some combination of: hungry, lonely, horny or angry… with varying emphasis.

As a satiated independent this can be pretty brutal as I can’t game the system (of being an employee) to preserve myself in a comfortable state, have to actually work.  So far my approach has been to keep to (and accept) a shallow sine-wave: work hard to acquire some, become content and loose some, become uncomfortable & angry, work hard again… trick is to work a bit more each time, learn something new each time.


Posted by Dr Andus
Jul 24, 2017 at 11:08 AM


cpb wrote:
>Way I see it: Willpower isn’t a fuel-like resource, but an inverse
>measure of satiety.
>The most hardworking & ‘disciplined’ people I’ve encountered are some
>combination of: hungry, lonely, horny or angry… with varying emphasis.

Interesting point. I’d suggest though that it might be worth distinguishing between two (or three or more) fundamental types:

1) super high achievers for whom personal (or dynastic) success (or pursuing some religious goals) is more important than anything else;

2) those with some kind of obsessive-compulsive disorder; and

3) those looking for work-life balance (work, family, friends, rest, health, incl. exercise, entertainment).

1) and 2) might be the same. Some people in this group may have experienced some kind of a childhood trauma (for some induced on purpose, such as being sent off to boarding school at a very young age) that makes them feel some kind of an absence or hole that needs to be filled with success (“Daddy, do you love me now that I’ve climbed Mount Everest and have been elected President of my country?”). Type 1) may have very little use (and time) for our kinds of digital outlining tools, as they have others doing that type of work for them. Face-to-face networking, public speaking, and emotional intelligence is much more crucial for type 1).

Type 3) might be interested in productivity in order to be more efficient at work and increase time to be spent with family and recreating.


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