0.1% of ideas this week: 1. We count in 10's because the human hand has 10 digits.

George Mack

0.1% of ideas this week:

1. We count in 10's because the human hand has 10 digits.

2. A sleep study that offered a cash prize to fall asleep the fastest found participants fell asleep 3x slower than the control group. The more you force sleep, the more it resists.

3. Paul Graham inverted the regrets of the dying and kept the following at the top of his to do list: Don't ignore your dreams; don't work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.

4. The older I get, the more I prefer questions to answers:

"The human brain is a question answering device"

"Questions are the lasers of human consciousness"

"Questions are the answers you might need"

5. Grove-Drucker Trap:

Grove Trap: "So many people are working so hard and achieving so little" - Andy Grove

Drucker Trap: "Stressing output is the key to increasing productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite"

6. Pricing in negative moods

Whenever I travel, I feel awful the next day. It's taken me years to realise this should be priced in -- and have something that massively changes my state first thing in the morning to reverse the negative momentum.

7. Thinking in numbers vs thinking in stories:

One idea I can't stop thinking about is Bryan Johnson putting his decade of depression down to his only sense making tool being "storytelling".

A skill that balances out thinking in stories: Thinking in numbers.

You quickly realise most humans don't think in numbers or algorithms.

One fun habit is to run the numbers of every business that you enter. E.g. Getting a haircut.

Calculate the cost of your haircut -- multiply it by the number of hours they are open and the number of staff in the shop. You've got the napkin maths of their daily max revenue.

8. Paired tasking for delegation:

Delegating things that are easy to do is easy.

Delegating things that are harder to do is much harder -- by definition.

The hard tasks as a result never get delegated because the risk is too high of the person making a mistake.

The hack I'm finding useful for the latter is paired tasking. This is where I do the task alongside the other person, and compare results afterwards. After 3-4 iterations, you can begin to delegate these harder tasks.

You was going to do the task anyway. So why not do paired tasking? Your future self will thank you.

9. The highest ROI tenets of crushing insomnia and having a good night sleep:

• Do not go to bed until you feel sleepy (yawning, eyes closing, hard to focus)

• Do nothing in bed but sleep or sex.

• If you find yourself lying awake for more than 20 minutes, get out of bed -- read or meditate until sleepy again.

• Insomniac delusion: If you can't fall asleep, just try harder.

• Identify all NST's (Negative Sleep Thoughts) - Write them down and reframe them into PST's.

NST = "If I only get 5h sleep tonight, I won't be able to function tomorrow" --> Creates a negative placebo

PST = "I'm going to have an even better sleep tomorrow night because I'll be more tired. I won't die" --> Creates a positive placebo.

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0.1% of ideas this week:

1. We count in 10's because the human hand has 10 digits.

2. A sleep study that offered a cash prize to fall asleep the fastest found participants fell asleep 3x slower than the control group. The more you force sleep, the more it resists.

3. Paul Graham inverted the regrets of the dying and kept the following at the top of his to do list: Don't ignore your dreams; don't work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.

4. The older I get, the more I prefer questions to answers:

"The human brain is a question answering device"

"Questions are the lasers of human consciousness"

"Questions are the answers you might need"

5. Grove-Drucker Trap:

Grove Trap: "So many people are working so hard and achieving so little" - Andy Grove

Drucker Trap: "Stressing output is the key to increasing productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite"

6. Pricing in negative moods

Whenever I travel, I feel awful the next day. It's taken me years to realise this should be priced in -- and have something that massively changes my state first thing in the morning to reverse the negative momentum.

7. Thinking in numbers vs thinking in stories:

One idea I can't stop thinking about is Bryan Johnson putting his decade of depression down to his only sense making tool being "storytelling".

A skill that balances out thinking in stories: Thinking in numbers.

You quickly realise most humans don't think in numbers or algorithms.

One fun habit is to run the numbers of every business that you enter. E.g. Getting a haircut.

Calculate the cost of your haircut -- multiply it by the number of hours they are open and the number of staff in the shop. You've got the napkin maths of their daily max revenue.

8. Paired tasking for delegation:

Delegating things that are easy to do is easy.

Delegating things that are harder to do is much harder -- by definition.

The hard tasks as a result never get delegated because the risk is too high of the person making a mistake.

The hack I'm finding useful for the latter is paired tasking. This is where I do the task alongside the other person, and compare results afterwards. After 3-4 iterations, you can begin to delegate these harder tasks.

You was going to do the task anyway. So why not do paired tasking? Your future self will thank you.

9. The highest ROI tenets of crushing insomnia and having a good night sleep:

• Do not go to bed until you feel sleepy (yawning, eyes closing, hard to focus)

• Do nothing in bed but sleep or sex.

• If you find yourself lying awake for more than 20 minutes, get out of bed -- read or meditate until sleepy again.

• Insomniac delusion: If you can't fall asleep, just try harder.

• Identify all NST's (Negative Sleep Thoughts) - Write them down and reframe them into PST's.

NST = "If I only get 5h sleep tonight, I won't be able to function tomorrow" --> Creates a negative placebo

PST = "I'm going to have an even better sleep tomorrow night because I'll be more tired. I won't die" --> Creates a positive placebo.

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