“A man is deficient in understanding until he perceives that there is a whole cycle of evolution possible within himself: repeating endlessly, offering opportunities for personal development.”
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In order to balance discovery with efficiency, we should practice open exploration for creativity, and then focus on one thing at a time for productivity.
For example, if you're trying to learn a new skill, start by exploring different educational channels to see which one would work best for your learning goals; then, commit to one, and stick with it for a while. Don’t fall into the trap of starting a new course every few weeks without completing any.
There is no doubt multitasking is a productivity killer. However, great work is not purely about being productive — we need to be creative as well.
Research suggests that the more ideas we generate, the more creative they become. Focusing on one thing at a time too early in the creative process defeats the purpose of the exploration phase.
Similar to the way you need both exploration and exploitation in order to foster innovation, you need both open loops and closed loops to produce great work.
First, you create open loops to cultivate your creativity; then, you close those loops to increase your productivity.
Great innovators are known for risk-taking and experimentation. But optimising needs a different skill-set that relies on refinement and efficiency. It is then rare to find people that can innovate and optimise.
A typical story is that a founder launches a startup, successfully grows it through the initial stages, then gets replaced by a more experienced CEO. However, the best results are produced when exploration and exploitation coincide.
In this Noisy world focus is difficult to achieve, but focus is not what you do but something which you don't.
There's no faster code than no code at all.
The things we measure are the things we improve. Through clear tracking we have an idea that if we are getting better or worse .
The trick is to realize that measuring is not a judgment about who you are, it's just feedback on where you are.
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