Why you should engineer your environment for better habits

An important lesson I've learned in the last year is how important environment is for forming productive habits. Good habits don't arise from exerting more will power. Instead, they come from engineering an environment that makes good habits easier, and bad habits harder. For example, If you want to play more guitar and less video … Continue reading Why you should engineer your environment for better habits

How to have more productive meetings

Meetings are an inevitable part of business but they are costly. Everyone involved has to take time away from their work day to participate. Having no process in place for conducting meetings practically guarantees wasted time.  Meetings are a medium of work. People’s time is highly valuable so all meetings should be purposeful and well … Continue reading How to have more productive meetings

Death metal, machine learning, and algorithmic bias

AI and machine learning algorithms are becoming increasingly relevant in the technology we use and it’s important for everyone to understand the implications. There is a key difference in how machine learning algorithms are programmed compared to traditional algorithms. Instead of being logic-based, they are data-based. We’re going from software that is explicitly programmed (if … Continue reading Death metal, machine learning, and algorithmic bias

How to use habit stacking to build a productive work day

One lesson I find myself learning over and over again is how important implementation intentions are for forming habits. It's a simple premise. If you schedule a time and place for a habit, you're more likely actually do it. The general formula is: At [time/place] I will [behaviour] I first came across this concept in … Continue reading How to use habit stacking to build a productive work day

Why debating is so hard in the age of social media

My girlfriend and I often find ourselves on different sides of political issues. This has led to many a debate. Though we do our best to stay civil (we have a safe word just for debates), these debates can often end with both of us frustrated and grumpy. One potential solution is to stop debating. … Continue reading Why debating is so hard in the age of social media

On maintaining a writing habit

I'm currently trying to build a writing habit. My framework for doing so looks like this: Writing at least one sentence a day (this is my minimum viable habit).Scheduling explicit time each day for writing (see: implementation intentions).Quitting while I'm ahead.Publishing often. My goal is not to write for a living. There seems to be … Continue reading On maintaining a writing habit