It can be satisfying to feel like there is potential to realise a successful idea no matter how realistic the feeling is. This is a very counter productive mental state as not only does it not help in delivering the potential it also means that you are probably comfortable and perhaps don't want to leave the state.More Like This
Thoughts are not easily categorized, however as it might be helpful in deciding (to whatever extent we do decide) which thoughts to act upon and how, I will define three broad groups which thoughts could be sorted into.
Thoughts from all groups appear to invoke emotion, so a memory of a nice event or promising plan could invoke a feeling of happiness and/or satisfaction but emotion could also be genesis of the thoughts. Although the genesis of a thought never seems clear to me.More Like This
In Inadequate-Equilibria Eliezer Yudkowsky argues that the efficiency of the economic system and the number of people in the world means that there isn't any low hanging fruit when it comes to converting an idea into something profitable.
Although things are in a state of Nash Equilibrium everywhere the incentive structure in place means that these states can't be resolved in a way that makes money otherwise it probably would have happened already and it wouldn't really be in Nash Equilibrium. Or something like that.More Like This
It would be nice to be able to reference previous thoughts when writing new ones.
There are two approaches that initially come to mind to tackle the presentation of referenceable thoughts.
Some processes I perform during the day that I might be able to improve on are:
Improvements could entail
For each process one type of improvement may be more desirable than another. For example, I don't want to speed up my coffee making as I use it as a chance to take a break from looking at the computer screen but I do want to speed up project management as it would give me more time to do something I enjoy.More Like This
Although I believe a more liberated engineer (free from excess social, bureaucratic and traditional processes) generally makes for a more for-filled and ultimately more productive engineer it can also be helpful to use self imposed mechanisms to guide behavior where human tendencies can lead us down unproductive paths.
An example of this is a widget I created for android which connects with my Trello boards, sits on my home screen and has the following features:
The alarms and notifications have a pavlovian effect and can be made to quite unpleasant by adjusting vibration length and sound thus increasing the effectiveness.More Like This
The most effective solution to a mental process problem isn't always the cleanest solution. The model that is built in the head as part of the solution needs to resonate in a way that it is remembered and lends itself to being used when such a problem arrises.
Think two crocodiles facing each other.More Like This
A couple of thoughts regarding the PocketLab UI.
More ideas around accounting.
Writing thoughts where it is assumed I am the consumer seems to be more satisfying.More Like This