My Principles — a living document

Principle — a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behaviour or for a chain of reasoning.

I’ve categorized my principles according to the GTD system — Capture, Clarify, Organize, Reflect, Engage. Hugely inspired by a book by the same name by Ray Dalio. Clearly, there are many levels of organization in here that I’ve haven’t seen yet, but this seems to be a good start. This list serves as a prompts in my weekly reviews.

// CAPTURE

Thinking from first principles
- Start with Why 
- Brain Dumps 
- Reading system 
- Trigger Lists 
- Checklists
- Brainstorming 
- Curating Information flow 
- Induced Randomness


// CLARIFY

— Accomplishment > Work (endgame?)
- Objective, Key, Results (OKRs)
- Expected Value 
- Opportunity Cost 
- Vertical Coherence 
- 80/20 principle — Non-linearity
- Inversion
- SMART goals (Specificity/ Binary criteria)
- Radical responsibility — Solution mindset 
- Perspective as mitigation to complaining (Put things in context) 
- Questions for Insight 
- Efficiency vs effectiveness 
- Objectivity: data-driven/ Pursuit of Truth


// ORGANIZE

— Systems > goals
- Forcing functions 
- Batch Processing 
- Organize Tomorrow Today 
- GTD (Capture, Clarify, Organize, Reflect, Engage)
- Theory of Constraints 
- Accountability 
- Firebreaks 
- Projects, Areas, Resources, Archives (P.A.R.A) 
- Remove to Improve (Via negativa) — Punctuated Equillibrium
- Time-boxing — time spent, required and available 
-12 Points of leverage in a system 
- OODA loop (observe, orient, decide, act) 
- Personal Knowledge Management
- Exercise/Sleep/Nutrition (Best Practices) 
- Writing/Journaling as spiritual cleanse


// REFLECT

— Measure Output to improve
- Perpetual Beta — Growth Mindset
- Questions as spotlight 
- Perspective — Occurrence determines Action
- Comparative advantage
- Weekly/Monthly reviews 
- Happiness vs fulfilment 
- Gratitude — Negative vizualization
- Hedonistic Treadmill
- Fear as a compass — Resistance
- Unknown Unknowns 
- Meditation — Ego is the Enemy 
- Antifragility 
- 10x thinking
- Reframing 
- Find something to Fight for 
- Reverse engineer desired feelings/lifestyle/income 
- Cognitive Biases


// ENGAGE

— Attention is curative
- Parkinsons Law/Pomodoro
- Deep Work — Single tasking
- Progressive Summarization 
- Fully Engage/Strategically Disengage 
- Momentum 
- Win Your fight thru’s — Bite the bullet
- Macro Patience Micro Speed 
- Dreyfus Model for Learning
- Three Degrees of control 
- Sunk Cost
- Deliberate Practice — Targeted Feedback 
- Monthly Themes 
- Thinking in Metaphors 
- Routines/ Rituals
- Compound growth 
- Ship at 70% / Speed of implementation 
- mis-en-place (work clean) 
- Motivation as Biochemical phenomena 
- States of consciousness / mood ← → Biochemistry
- Habits Loops 
- Intertia — Don’t break the Chain
- Luck as a bus
- Touch it Once 
- Circle of competence —Making Smaller Circles
- Scientific method — Behavioral Experiments
-‘Remarkable’ Projects/ Show your work
- Visualizations/ Affirmations for Priming 
- Procrastination equation; (Value * Expectancy) / (Delay * Impulsiveness) 
- Be So Good They Cant Ignore You (Mastery >Passion) 
- Delegate the non-essential 
- Spaced Repetition
- Active Recall
- Saying No + Keeping Your Word