Positive Feedback Loops

Most of our plans of getting some discipline in our morning routine get hit by the truck of distraction and interruption. The mistake we make is that we plan something which is already set up for failure, leading to discouragement. If this happens constantly, it results in negative feedback loops that ‘deactivate’ our motivation.

The solution is to change the design of the plan to incorporate positive feedback loops.

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Positive Feedback Loops

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  1. Completing a task and ticking it off from a task list.
  2. Exercising and telling your friends about it.
  3. Get positive grades after completing a quiz.
  4. Feel gratitude after meditating.

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We need to build a system based on positive feedback loops, in order to get constant encouragement and move it in the right direction.

The main principle for a better system design is to have no wrongness or judgement associated with it so that we are unable to judge ourselves, feel discouraged and move towards a negative feedback loop.

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  1. Plan to write one sentence a day for the next few days. It is an easy thing to do.
  2. Feel good about writing one sentence a day.
  3. When it becomes too easy, change it to two sentences a day.
  4. Focus on small victories and share them with others.
  5. If you get off-track in your daily writing routine, try to be self-compassionate instead of being discouraged.
  6. Find something new to learn and get back on track quickly.
  7. Congrats on your new book!

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  1. Do not judge, discourage or humiliate yourself, and try to cultivate self-compassion.
  2. Go for small wins.
  3. Practise gratitude in the smallest things: Millions of people are not alive to see the year 2021, but you are.
  4. Scale up or scale down your work based on your requirement.
  5. In case you get off-tracked, go for the smallest possible accomplishment and start to get back on track.
  6. Rope in your friends and loved ones to share your positive feedback loop.

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