The number of posts never worked out, but the spirit of the experiment lives on.
After the success of this experiment – and by “success,” I mean that I successfully wrote and scheduled 10 posts in an evening – I decided to keep it up.
Well, really what I planned to do was write a little here and a little there as the scheduled posts published. What happened, though? I didn’t write a lick while the posts were publishing automatically.
No big deal. I can just write another bunch.
So that’s what I did.
I wrote this and the previous six posts in one evening. I scheduled them out to publish. And now here they are.
It allows me to get posts published each day without having to commit to sitting down to write each day.
For now, this is working, and I like it.
Let’s see where we go from here.
Most people don’t get a chance to optimize their life because they’re too busy working a job.
This struck me when I was listening to Soman Chainani. He was talking about how he played tennis every morning at 7:00. Then he’d write from about 8:30 to 1:00, eat, and then work out for about an hour and half starting at 2:00 before getting back into his second block of work time until about 7:00.
He emphasized the importance of these two physical activities, playing tennis and working out. Keeping these habits solid in his life allowed him more creativity during the blocks of time between physical activities.
I thought about this for myself. It can be done, but the obvious difficulty is my work schedule.
Which brings me back to the beginning: most people don’t get a chance to optimize their life because they’re too busy working a job.
The idea of superfoods for thought sparked a list of helpful tools:
- Being able to spot patterns in one domain, understand the general principle at work, and reapply the principle in another domain.
- Being able learn from other people’s successes and failures. This requires both empathy (to be able to really understand what the other person was thinking and feeling, not just the steps taken) and also initiative to be able to get into other people’s lives to understand them enough to even know their successes and failures (this could be through books, asking them questions in person, watching them, etc.).
- Being able to accurately predict what plan will actually be achieved (vs. the optimal plan, in many cases). A good plan followed is better than the best plan neglected.
This clearly isn’t an exhaustive list of ideas, just a handful that came to mind.