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Newest Daily Time/Habit/Life Tracking

My newest tracking. Previously:

What Gets Measured, Gets Managed - why tracking is so effective

The Evolution of My Time/Habit/Life Tracking - how I started tracking, and some helpful guidelines on starting your tracking.

Here's my newest template, I'm bolding the changes:

------------------------------------------- START OF DAY ROUTINE: Time awake: Total sleep: Vitamin C and Fish oil: Stretching: Situps: Exercise (walk/run/other): Brush/floss: Listen to audio:Calories: Breathe: Borderlands: Calendar, anything interesting/time sensitive? What is my most key objective for the day? Planning:Gratitude: ------------------------------------------- REMEMBER: *Intelligent internet usage *Be decisive. Look at it once, make a decision, done. *Stop and reflect periodically*Make WAR on Procrastination ------------------------------------------- PEOPLE: Blog post: New People: Current people: Help someone: Consorting: Emails in box, start: Emails in box, finish (and - why they there?): ------------------------------------------- TIME TRACKING:

The Concretes and the Abstracts

On Isaac Lewis

There's an important division in our society that is rarely spoken about. This division is between two styles of thinking; between those who think concretely and those who think abstractly.

In truth, abstract versus concrete thinking is more of a spectrum than a binary. Extremely abstract thinkers and extremely concrete thinkers are rare; most people fall somewhere in the middle. Then again, few fall exactly in the middle. Most definitely lean in one direction. Though this essay will describe two opposing tribes - the concretes and the abstracts - keep in mind that this is a simplification of a complex reality. You might feel that neither description fits you perfectly, but you will almost certainly identify with one tribe more than the other.

To distinguish these two tribes, we'll need to define abstraction. Here's a working definition:

Abstraction is the ability to recognise deep patterns and structures within a domain without being distracted by surface details. Crucially, it is the ability to recognise analogous patterns and structures between different domains.

The second part explains how abstract thought can be highly useful in the real world. Analogy allows human beings to navigate unfamiliar domains by drawing on their knowledge of the familiar. For example, one might use one's knowledge of Spanish to master Italian, or use one's knowledge of biological evolution to understand the evolution of language, or use one's knowledge of the dating marketplace to understand the dynamics of the co-founder marketplace.

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