The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (6) – Action as habit

Action as habit It is far more important that you develop a regular habit of making things happen and getting things done than that you make occasional heroic efforts – imagine pedaling up a hill in low gear, fending off an approaching boat or getting a flywheel moving. What matters is starting early (now) and pushing for long enough in…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (5) – Action as picking yourself

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. It’s easy to fall into the trap of waiting to get picked:“If only this influential person would notice me, I could make this difference.”“If only they would give me this job or…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (4) – Action as idea filter

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Action is also sort of evolutionary filter for separating your good ideas from your bad ones. Woolly ideas and unrealistic idealism evaporate on contact with the world. The death of long-cherished dreams…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (3) – action, learning and experience

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Action is a certain route to failure – and therefore to learning, and to experience. The first step of learning to swim is learning to cope with the feeling of almost-drowning. Theory…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (2) – action as springboard and seed

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Action first Action comes first because without action, nothing else matters. Ideas and ideals, knowledge and skills, kindness, elaborate plans and good intentions mean nothing if you can’t (if you won’t) consistently…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (1) – action first

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Action first Action comes first because without action, nothing else matters. Ideas and ideals, knowledge and skills, kindness, elaborate plans and good intentions mean nothing if you can’t (if you won’t) consistently…

Clarity. Simplicity. Focus. Action. (Redux)

Do you know what you need to do? Can you tell the difference between what’s important and what might be nice one day, and what’s piffle? Do you focus your attention on a maximum of three important goals at a time? Do you get them done? What are you going to do now?

Planning vs Pathfinding

A detailed plan is useful when you know what you’re doing: when you (or others) have done the thing, or when you’ve been somewhere before. If you know where to go and how to get there a map saves a great deal of time and energy. But detailed planning is less useful when you don’t know the way: when you’re…

Build it up (buttercup)

Reality checks Last October I ran the Jakarta half-marathon and found it much harder than I expected. There were mitigating factors – it was hot and humid, and I was running with very low weekly mileage (about 10 miles a week!) – but even so, it was a tough finish. Up until that point I’d always assumed that the marathon-I-never-quite-got-around-to…

Nested problems, nested solutions (3): theoretical problems

This is part of a series thinking through the different layers involved in solving real-world problems. It’s a sketch of ideas in process, and not supposed to be a fully formed or coherent theory. A theoretical problem is a problem for which the underlying causes are unknown. The problem to be solved is your ignorance. You might start with a…