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Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
one of the better lists recently.
20 second rule is useful for physical actions a bit harder when a new tab cannot be 20 seconds away.
I think the battle against "busy" is going well as more and more people try to remind themselves to take time to think throughout the day. A steady and useful amount of sleep keeps you steady and useful.
Good point about getting more sleep.
Cheating yourself on sleep reduces willpower and it’s this same store of self-control that helps us resist all those bad behaviors like aimless web-surfing.
And yeah, the 20 second rule is mostly for physical things:
Make things you shouldn’t do take 20 seconds longer to accomplish (moving the ever-buzzing phone across the room) and the things you should do 20 seconds easier.
Know the optimal time to do things so you don’t waste time. Some notable highlights:
- Best time to send emails you want read: 6AM.
- Best time for thinking: Late morning.
- Creative thinking: Creativity can be improved when we’re tired so try brainstorming when daytime sleepiness peaks at around 2PM.
- Best day of the week to eat dinner out: Tuesday (freshest food, no crowds)
- Best day to fly: Saturday (fewer flights means fewer delays, shorter lines, less stress)
Full list is here.