Implementation intentions: The secret to achieving your goals

This applies to more than just fitness. Deciding how to behave before the situation arises requires practice, but it’s a brilliant way to stay on track that I’d never really considered.

You already took the decision of how to behave before you even faced the situation where you actually have to decide. Sometimes it’s worth outsmarting yourself.

The Focus Course Launch Week Case Study

Shawn Blanc on The Focus Course Launch Week Case Study:

But, to say it was an accident would discount all the work I put into marketing and list building, the years I’ve spent writing for my websites and building an audience, and the hours and hours I put into researching and crafting the contents of the course.

Just because it was a new experience doesn’t mean it was an accident. And neither does it mean it’s not repeatable.

I read Shawn’s detailed part one description of the launch of The Focus Course this past week. I’ve been wanting to create a business like this for quite some time. Learning about some of the details of he did was very interesting. He was so thoughtful and methodical. All of the things that I’ve learned from Tim Ferriss and others regarding educational courses was played out here in an amazing way. As I’m sure Shawn and Tim will agree, the money is not the point. It’s never the point. It’s about the freedom of lifestyle that is afforded.

Janki Method

Jack Kinsella on learning a programming language with a spaced repetition system:

Knowing thousands of commands saves time otherwise spent looking up reference materials. You instantly recall previous solutions when faced with a problem, and dozen of possibilities spring to mind when architecting a system. You will read other people’s code rapidly, confident in your understanding. The closest analogy is fluency in a natural language. You will speak code.

I’ve started applying this with all of my current work. Some of those finicky GIT commands and SQL syntax have already been committed to long term memory. I’ve used Anki before with language learning, but sort of fell of the band wagon. This is by far the best method for learning anything for the long haul. The commitment to daily review is the tricky part, though.

Let’s Encrypt!

If you haven’t see this already and you own a domain, then it’s time. Encryption is important and it needs to be everywhere. This only took me a mere thirty minutes to setup on two domains.

On Deep Work, Focus, and Margin

Shawn Blanc on focus:

I totally know how it goes. You’re sitting down to work on a project, but after 10 or 20 minutes you hit a roadblock. What then? Do you instinctively reach for your phone to check Facebook? Do you switch over to the Twitter app or check your email inbox real quick? Or do you stay focused?

And:

When you are trying to focus on deep work, don’t give up after 15 minutes. Stick with it for an hour.

I’m a new evangelist for long periods of times for focus, but making time to fiddle around with stuff that doesn’t require a serious amount of focus has been essential to my work. More on this later…

Netflix to revamp video streaming tech

Jeff Morganteen on Netflix:

Netflix uses about a third of all internet data in North America at certain times, according to the trade publication.

This is pretty insane. At certain times 1/3 of all internet traffic is hitting a Netflix server. Evidently, if you want to influence North America just have a bunch of stuff on Netflix…

Drowning in Information Overload

Bradley Chambers on dialing back our connectedness:

I’ve not completely disconnected, but I’m reducing the amount of time I am connected.

Oddly enough, I read this after my own decision to dial down the amount of input that I have. I’m not on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram much, but just gazing into the iPhone screen for hours each day was enough to make me dial back to a Blackberry for a week. I’ll be curious to hear his thoughts on how it turns out.

iOS 9 Review

Federico Viticci on the evolution of the iPad as a primary computing device:

The problem that Apple needs to solve with iOS 9 for iPad is complex. How can Apple make good of the post-PC promise with features that are drastically different from what came before – without the overhead and inherent complexity of forty years of desktop computers – but also capable of addressing modern user needs and workflows?

I have a Windows 8.1 PC that I use for work. As a software engineer on the Microsoft platform, I don’t have any other choice, but it does the job. When I get done with my work day, it’s refreshing to go to “work” on my iPad with a platform that doesn’t require registry manipulation in order to make some aspect of the application work the way it should be design.

Fireworks

If you or someone you know is old enough to know that lighting explosives off the top of your head could kill you, you don’t need a law to restrict your purchase of said explosives…

ISIS

If you haven’t yet read the Graeme Wood article What ISIS Really Wants from the March 2015 issue of The Atlantic, I’d suggest you take some time (quite some time actually) to do so. While I don’t believe that Graeme fully answers the question implied in the title of his article, it does shed some light on my own misconceptions about ISIS and what it’s really about. There has been a lot of feedback (some 14,000+ comments) on the article itself as well as tweets, Facebook posts, and others all surrounding this article. There were even a handful of followup articles that I haven’t had time to read yet. I’m glad that men like Graeme have taken the time to write about such a polarizing topic.