Minor Personal Tools

These tools take less effort, time and commitment than Major Personal Tools.

Tier I

  • Instead of typing to sort your thoughts, record yourself on video, then transcribe the recording. There are services that will do the transcription for you, if you are lazy or don’t have the time.
  • Recording yourself on video and playing it back allows you a glimpse of your outward appearance, if you need to correct it (e.g. if you rely on it professionally).
  • Try to wake up at 6am every day. Use melatonin to converge on a proper sleep cycle.
  • Record diary of per-hour activities; monthly diary tallies. In my continuous backup / workbench I have the file YYYYMM_doing.txt, that’s the per-hour tally of tasks today, and list of things to do; and the file archive/YYYY/sow/YYYYMM_done.txt, that’s a longer file with tallies from every day, segmented by month.
  • Keep a continuous backup / workbench. Refer to the article Structure of Information III.
  • Record quarterly goals; quarterly finance.
  • Go out twice a week (if you’re single or don’t have a family). Doesn’t matter what “going out” is, as long as it’s a physical (rather than digital) activity not work-related in the evening-time.
  • Keep a small calendar on your desktop and mark off successful, productive days.
  • Use calendly.com to make people book appointments or calls with you. Limit your availability on that platform to 2 hours per day.

Tier II

  • Enable people, enable them to have fun. If they feel empowered in your company, you will benefit
  • You are a professional at what you do for 6 hours a day. (But can you do it for 10 hours a day tho?)
  • What is the hardest thing to do right now? Try doing it. This breeds good work ethic, and the one true purpose to which to aspire: being personally impactful and getting shit done.
  • In order to be good at something, you have to do it at least twice a week. You cannot be good at it if you to it less regularly. Once you’ve established this one, in order to continue improving, you have to do it every day. Then to be really competitive, you have to do it for 6 hours a day.
  • It’s not specialization that is required; but competitiveness. Unfortunately you cannot be competitive without specializing.

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