Forcing Function—100 Mental Models #098 👽

Tom Chanter
Aug 29 · 1 min read
Photo by Jacek Smoter on Unsplash

Forcing Function: Any task, activity or event that forces you to take action and produce a result.

Example:

The Canadian entrepreneur, Dan Martell, uses the forcing function on himself, to be more productive. A few times a week, he takes his laptop to a coffee shop and leaves his power cable at home which forces him to get his tasks completed in a few hours before his battery runs out.

Dan said, “That’s when I slam through a bunch of emails, get some serious planning done or design some new product features. There’s something magical about a 3 hour forced completion work session.” Done

Wisdom:

“Instead of freaking out about these constraints, embrace them. Let them guide you. Constraints drive innovation and force focus. Instead of trying to remove them, use them to your advantage.” — David Heinemeier Hansson, Matthew Linderman, Jason Fried

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