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When was your last consolidation day?

I love building. I love expansion. I love making new things, doing new things.

But that's only one side of the coin. Expansion is fantastic, but you need to consolidate your gains.

Most of the time, you can consolidate a little bit each day. Clean things up, put things away.

But when's the last time you devoted an entire day to consolidation?

I try to do it at least 3 times a month. It's fantastic.

When You Go Off the Rails, Only Go a Little

On Tynan

As imperfect humans constantly trying to stick new habits, we're all familiar with the concept of falling off the rails. It happens to everyone, sometimes as a conscious decision, sometimes through neglect, and sometimes through defeat.

You decide to run every day for a month, nail it for a week straight, and then you just stop. Maybe you give up sugar for a month, but then give in to temptation and eat half an apple pie in one sitting. There's this feeling when you know you're about to go off the rails of: oh well-- if I'm going to go off the rails, I may as well go way off. In fact, when I see people go off the rails, I most often see them go way off. It never seems to be a small violation.

Is this the best we can do?

It's important to understand what is happening when you go off the rails. At your best, you decided to make a change. You made a plan for that change and you actually stuck with it for some amount of time. As you begin to veer off the rails, you're taking your past progress and your unrealized future progress, and putting it at risk. You're pushing a stack of chips from the safety of your bankroll to the middle of the table.

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