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Luck Still Doesn't Exist, and Acceleration

"Is Exponential Growth Possible?" got a few really good comments. Riley Harrison left a really good comment and questions -

Hello Sebastian,

A great blog. One of the realizations that helped me was comprehending that if an insight or epiphany wasn’t actionable (didn’t lead to action) it wasn’t of much value (other than recreational). I have thought way too many deep thoughts, read too many self-empowerment books searching for the non-existent silver bullet (insight) that would allow me to bypass hard work, accumulation of small victories and risk taking.

The traditional barriers/obstacles (time, money, energy, risk taking etc) are to me somewhat secondary to just plain old inertia. But being at the right place at the right time – is that serendipitous luck or something else. You do have to factor into the equation that you are shooting at a moving target (circumstances change and you change) – times stands still for no man… As to the list of things to make you grow I would add that being conversant in the latest findings in neuroscience and positive psychology wouldn’t hurt.

The Time Management Decalogue

Andrei Monenciu is the community manager at a company called Paymo, and they make a neat tool that does time-tracking. I've consistently tracked time by hand and found a lot of advantages to doing that (and no compelling software that made me want to switch), but I like Paymo a lot. Their Desktop App that syncs with online is great for breaking down where time is going, and their native iPhone app is good for figuring out how much time is spent eating, walking, going to the gym, etc.

He gives ten points here to muse over, that he calls "the time management decalogue" --

The Time Management Decalogue

1. Know your enemy - what’s stopping you from being efficient? We all know that before starting a fight, you need to pinpoint what’s keeping you from being efficient. You need to know what’s eating up your time. In order to do that, you need to track it, either using a time tracker or some other way of recording how your day goes.

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