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Lightly edited question from a reader -

i'm working on iphone apps whilst in my day job, until the income from that can replace my day job, then i can resign and start a business where i'll make ipad apps for [small business], and one day hope to take that to [large businesses] where i'd love to slash the red-tape bureaucratic burden, and make things better.

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I'd recommend you write a letter outlining your iPad services idea, and send it to 100 [people in that particular industry] you respect. Offer to do the first one for relatively cheap, perhaps $10k USD, half upfront, half on completion. Be willing to outsource/pay well and make almost no margin on the first one just to do it. And then you'll be in the business you want. Waiting is so, so linear.

Next Level Habit Tracking and Formation

On Kevin Espiritu

As a follow up to my post on habits in 2013, I wanted to touch on some improvements that I have made to the system.

Previously I was tracking just one habit per month, making sure that it was likely to be a keystone habit - one that, if implemented, has a "cascade" effect on other parts of your life. Regular exercise is a great example of this, because you'll usually have more energy to devote to other aspects of your life and will achieve more things throughout your day.

I've upped the ante and am starting to think not only of single habit formation, but tracking many different habits throughout the day and using perfection as an ideal, not the desired result.

Because willpower is finite, there are simply going to be some days where my willpower gets tapped by business or personal life and some habits fall by the wayside for the day. The idea is to track a multitude of habits - some small, some large - over long periods of time and work on the meta-structure of your day and the order of the actions you take throughout the day.

Here's an idea of what it looks like:

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