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:

  1. There are only a few moments in the day during which you’re capable of making decisions about how to spend your time.
  2. Spend these moments making decisions about how to spend your time.
  3. 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: 

thinking straight

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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