Leading vs. lagging indicators in business and in life

"If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it," is common business wisdom. It is especially important advice for startups searching for product/market fit via the build-measure-learn feedback loop, a major part of the Lean Startup ethos. Build something. Measure its effect. Learn what worked, what didn't. Repeat. The ability to execute this loop quickly … Continue reading Leading vs. lagging indicators in business and in life

The broken windows theory, and why you should clean your room

There is a concept in criminology known as broken windows theory. It says that crime in a community can be significantly reduced by reducing signs of disorder (like broken windows) and policing minor but visible crimes like vandalism. The theory rests on the assumption that an area's environment has a big influence on the behavior … Continue reading The broken windows theory, and why you should clean your room

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

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

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