Life Hacking: A better me 24 hours at a time
I want to write a book, but I can’t. It is too large a task and my mind moves to new ideas to quickly. This is a weakness, I struggle to finish things I start, but I am not trying to improve my weaknesses. They are weaknesses for a reason, because of a personality trait or something else hard to change, and to improve them would require lots of work and only yield incremental results. Instead, I plan to apply the 80/20 Principle to just about everything I do and focus on my strengths. Improving my strengths will yield bigger results and if I utilize them properly, can compensate for my weaknesses, voiding the need to improve them.
Example, these blog posts. Blog posts are short and quick when compared to a book. I can write blog posts, I can’t write a book. Yet, If I combine enough blog posts, I have a book. Strengths compensating for a weakness.
Because I move on to other things quickly any challenge or task I give myself must be able to be completed quickly. I am not focusing on the quality of this post as much as I am just getting it done. I know that if I try too hard to write something profound I will have a great half completed blog post, which is the same as no blog post at all. So, here is the plan.
Each post will be a challenge. That challenge will need to be completed within 24 hours. The challenge must be measurable and ideally still worth something even if failed or only partially completed. Each post will outline a hackers guide to completing the task. Research and data will be gathered and the 80/20 principle applied to it. Actionable goals which focus on effectiveness rather than efficiency will be set which will contribute to completing the challenge. A completed challenge must yield one or more of these things, money, benefit others or provide me with a sense of satisfaction or pride. These things must be measured at the end of the challenge and reflected upon.
Now, what kind of book is this going to be. Well, it may change, but I expect to have something that inspires and provides an outline for people like me to improve their lives and start getting things done. Plus, who cares, I just want to be able to say I wrote a book