Experiment Without Limits
CHAPTER 1 Setting Goals (Goal Setting)
Take the Outside View
Minimize Opportunity Cost
Maximize Expected Value
Time (upfront): Time (ongoing): Excitement : Difficulty: Impact (90 day): Impact (25 yr
How long will this take to get this up and running and start receiving benefits? Remember speed of implementation. How long will this take to grow and maintain? Can this be passively managed in the future? Remember opportunity cost. How much does the idea of this excite me? Will I enjoy the process or have to use willpower to push through? Do I currently have (or have access to) the necessary skillset? How likely is sucess? How much variance in potential outcomes? How much immediate impact will this have? What short-term opportunities does it create? Momentum builds on itself. How much impact could this have towards my life’s mission? Will the skills and experience gained be worthwhile even if I fail?
rewrite each of them until they are SMART
It is useful to think of your life as an ongoing experiment and your goals as hypotheses. You expect that taking these actions will lead you to the desired results but you cannot be sure until you actually run the experiment.
Commit to each goal for 30 days as an experiment, collecting data to test your initial hypothesis. After 30 days, you can decide whether to commit further. These small experiments add up to massive changes over time.
CHAPTER 2 Designing Systems
A system is a group of interacting parts working together to accomplish a specific goal
THINKING IN SYSTEMS
The Improvement Loop
Leverage is famously illustrated by the Pareto Principle or 80/20 Rule. You can achieve 80% of the results with just 20% of the effort
CHAPTER 3 Building Habits
Actions taken to change your habits precede the actual habit change. To redirect the river, you must go upstream from the intended destination. Thus, the actions you take to change your habits are called upstream effects.
THE HABIT LOOP
Breaking Bad Habits
Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Rewards (Motivation)
CHAPTER 4 Creating Routines
A routine is a container for a chain of similar habits.
A routine is a container for a chain of similar habits. The completion of one habit acts as a trigger to begin the next habit in the chain
These four routines can act as containers for all of your keystone habits.
THE FOUR ROUTINES
exercise, meditate, journal, gratitude
Power Up Routine
Power Down Routine
CREATING YOUR ROUTINE
Rewrite your routine with timestamps for each step.
Practice offline training anytime you wish to optimize a current routine or start building a new one. This is not a mental simulation—walk through each step as you would normally.
Routine Best Practices
Reduce the risk of burnout by giving yourself options and variety.
Minimum Viable Routines
A minimum viable routine takes less time to perform and requires no outside tools
Have a minimum viable routine in place to eliminate all excuses for skipping your routines
What changes would you make to your routine so that it took 20% of the time, but still gave you 80% of the benefits?
CHAPTER 5 Maximizing Time
am I working on the right things?
Creating A Project Menu
list of all the potential projects available to you
IDENTIFYING TOP PRIORITIES
Prioritizing Projects: Important vs. Urgent
Prioritize opportunities with potential 10X outcomes
TRACKING YOUR TIME
THE POWER OF PLANNING
Day Planning (DailyReview)
planning the night before.
Today’s Top Priorities
Day Planning Template
Weekly Planning (WeeklyReview)
CHAPTER 6 Maximizing Attention
BEST PRACTICES OF ATTENTION
REDUCING SOCIAL DISTRACTIONS
REDUCING PHYSICAL DISTRACTIONS
REDUCING DIGITAL DISTRACTIONS
CHAPTER 7 Maximizing Energy
Start With Momentum
ENERGY LEVERAGE POINTS
Get outside in the first hour of waking up.
your most valuable activities match up with your peak energy levels.
MATCH ACTIVITIES TO ENERGY
For one entire day, set an hourly timer. Whenever the timer goes off, note down your current energy level (1-10).
Take a break only when you have reached a deliverable
Close all open loops and just let your mind wander
Use a sleep tracker
Being future-oriented at bedtime leads to insomnia and stressful dreams. Falling asleep is accelerated by capturing thoughts in a journal and reading fiction before bed.
Break a sweat every day. This means you will hit a target of 30 minutes of daily exercise
Stretch in the morning
Approach exercise obliquely. With organized sports, martial arts, dancing, climbing, and acrobatics you get a great workout without the feeling of hard work.
Fasting burns fat, regenerates cells, reduces problematic late-night eating, and can bring additional mental clarity.
Caffeine has a 6-hour half life
CHAPTER 8 Overcoming Procrastination
Motivation = (Expectancy x Value) / (Impulsiveness x Delay)
Notice when you are procrastinating. Having personal warning lights in place as an objective signal is very helpful here. Ask yourself: “What am I avoiding?” Be specific
CHAPTER 9 Mental Game (Mindset)
A firebreak is a preplanned checkpoint designed to get you back on track.
RECOGNITION: WARNING LIGHTS
Any negative spiral can be interrupted with a single action in the right direction.
CHAPTER 10 Accelerating Learning
DECIDING WHAT TO LEARN
mastering one concept before moving on to another.
BEST PRACTICES FOR ACCELERATING LEARNING
Learn by teaching
Improving Signal to Noise Ratio
Making Learning Downhill
*What’s Next *