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Idries Shah

“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.

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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.

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Exploration and exploitation

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.

  • In the exploration phase, you may wander through many creative paths. 
  • In the exploitation phase, you will choose a few select ones of these paths to execute. 

First, you create open loops to cultivate your creativity; then, you close those loops to increase your productivity.

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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.

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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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