Smarter Faster Better ways to achieve
In the last couple months I’ve gone started doing audio books since my drive into work in around 20–30 minutes (ew). The most recent book I’ve finished was “Smarter Faster Better” by Charles Duhigg and its chalk full of
information and narrated by Mike Chamberlain — who has been one of my favorite narrators so far. I’ll probably re-listen to it again in the future, or might even buy the book. So I decided to detail some of the things I learned and how I’ve been applying them recently.
favorite narrators so far. I’ll probably re-listen to it again in the future, or might even buy the book. So I decided to detail some of the things I learned and how I’ve been applying them recently.
The first chapter of the book describes the “locus of control” and how essentially there are things that are in your control, and those that are outside of it, and focusing on the things you can do gives you motivation to achieve the things that otherwise may seem too large. Making a seemingly small decision helps to remind you what is in your locus of control and motivates you to take on more difficult tasks. This can be helpful in motivating others by reinforcing their locus of control.
This is something pretty applicable as a software developer. I can sit down and declare functions/classes for the structure for a bigger project, and evaluate it without spending hours creating something logically complex that requires more thought that I can muster. Breaking that down further (but not too far) I can simply sit down and draw out the flow of information, and decide how things will interact, and be displayed without too much work. This gives me more motivation to sit down and implement it step by step as I feel empowered by the work I’ve done.
I’ll document the other chapters on other nights. Peace.
For example, an inbox full of emails awaiting your response seems like an arduous and boring task that will consume hours of your time because you get distracted by facebook or some other click hole that keeps you from really focusing. Choosing to quickly write a one-line response to each email does two things: it gives you a sense of choice over what you are doing, and reminds you that you have a choice in each situation of your response. You are in control of whether or not you go to event x or take a phone call from person y, and that will give you motivation to take on the task of finishing out the response.