The defining struggle of my life has been discipline — doing the right things at the right time. Through this lens, my past year has been a trail of abandoned gym plans, half-baked projects, and decision paralysis.
None of the life advice think-pieces I’ve read on Medium have really clicked for me, but I think I’ve found a helpful re-framing of the problem that’s working well:
- There are only a few moments in the day during which you’re capable of making decisions about how to spend your time.
- Spend these moments making decisions about how to spend your time.
- Spend the rest of your time purely executing on these decisions.
(1) is my key proposition, and I think (2) and (3) follow naturally from it.
It’s well understood that we’re not the best decision-makers when intoxicated, deeply infatuated, or when deprived of sleep — but it’s implicit that we can “think straight” the remainder of the time:
I can only speak for myself, but when “sober” I’m mostly just a slave to my base instincts — taking the path of least resistance, seeking out cheap dopamine hits, and getting sidetracked by fleeting distractions.
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