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You're Trying to Do Too Much - Scott H Young

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The Mindset of Open Options

We live in a culture that prizes keeping one’s options open. It’s better to be maximally flexible, the popular reasoning goes so that we can respond to any opportunity at a moment’s notice. Committing to anything, even for just a few months, locks away other possibilities, and is...

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It’s more fun to think about being good at something than to actually do the work to get good. Thus we daydream, rather than take action.

The problem is that daydreaming alone doesn’t lead anywhere. None of the projects we imagine but never work on are ever realized. This ...

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A side-effect of committing to one project is that you end up putting off all the rest. By the time you finally start a project, you’ve been thinking about it for a while.

This extra incubation time has two virtues:

  • It filters out bad ideas. Since you only pur...

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Short commitments tend to lead to greater accomplishment than long ones.

It’s not the intention to commit that matters, but whether you follow through with it.

A multi-year effort has a much higher chance at being abandoned than a three-month project does

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