8 Rules to Do Everything Better
Knowledge is always evolving and advancing — if you want to evolve and advance with it, you need to keep an open mind.
And to keep an open mind, leave your ego at the door.
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Much of human behavior follows a predictable cycle: trigger, behavior, reward.
For behaviors that you want to do, the goal is to make triggers salient, the behavior easy, and the reward as immediate and satisfying as possible. For behaviors that you want to avoid, it’s the opposite.
In habit speak, don’t underestimate the power of everything around you to act as a trigger.
A better option than relying purely on willpower is to consciously design your environment to remove the temptations that regularly get in the way of what you’re trying to do.
it’s not just your physical environment that influences your behavior but also your social one. Motivation is contagious.
A community also helps with accountability. If you’ve made a commitment to another person or group, you’re more likely to stick with it.
Every meeting should be aimed at achieving someone’s goals; that person is the one responsible for the meeting and decides what they want to get out of it and how they will do so.
If your goal is to have people with different opinions work through their differences (i.e., open-minded debate), you’ll run your meeting differently than if its goal is to educate.
It is up to the meeting leader to balance conflicting perspectives, push through impasses and decide how to spend time wisely.
If you’re running the conversation, you should be weighing the potential cost in the time that it takes to explore opinions of inexperienced employees versus the potential gain in being able to assess their thinking and gain a better understanding of what they’re like.
The primary keystone habit is regular exercise. People who exercise habitually start changing other unrelated patterns in their lives, even unknowingly. They eat better, use their credit card less, are more productive at work and more patient.
Food journaling is another keystone habit. Just write down everything you eat, every day.
Willpower is limited. It is highest early in the day but decreases as we make more decisions. Most self-control failures happen at night.
Do the most important things first. As the day goes on it will only get harder to face big challenges.
Research shows we don’t use much willpower when something is a habit.
Build new habits by manipulating your environment so as to make what you should do easy and what you shouldn’t do hard. Remove the cookies from eyesight and put your running shoes next to the bed.