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.


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


“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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