“Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.” – W. H. Auden
- Optimizing creative output
- Systems thinking
- Quota setting
- Celebrating the small wins
- Success for type-A personalities
- Meditation techniques
- The details of the struggles of creating a high level
- And much, much more…
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
- Habit List to enhance your habits
- Play It Away by Charlie Hoehn
- Learn more about the tools I use for faster and better sleep
- Check out f.lux for evening work
- Two of my top podcasts:
- Check out the Black Mirror TV series
- Read my posts on dealing with “Productivity Hacks” and Thoughts on Suicide
- Chimpanzee Politics by Frans de Waal
- Waking Up by Sam Harris
- The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
- Check out notable episodes of the Tim Ferriss Show:
- Check out The 4-Hour Life course on CreativeLive
- Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
- Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman
- Watch Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech
- On the success of The Tim Ferriss Show [5:56]
- Systems inspired by Scott Adams [6:34]
- How to use the question, “What would this look like if it were easy?” [9:08]
- How can I set my ‘quota’ lower so that I can feel like I’m winning? [13:33]
- How to celebrate the small wins [18:13]
- Lionel Ritchie anecdotes [19:40]
- Meditation techniques and practical tactics for dealing with the real world [23:38]
- Absurdity as a synonym for creativity [29:17]
- Why the masks people wear often tell us more about the person than the truth [33:03]
- Details of our morning routines [40:58]
- Evening routines and tools for better sleep [45:23]
- How to deal with the negative or self-defeating voices in your head [50:53]
- How to not “retreat into story” [55:24]
- How to manage the complexities of life [59:28]
- Why good content and good work is the best SEO in the world [1:05:18]
- Why “It’s too late” is usually awful advice [1:06:20]
- Embracing (and creating) the freedom to play and experiment [1:07:38]
- A story that Tim has never told [1:11:03]
- Why having certain constraints is necessary to actualize your highest potential [1:21:00]
- How to use creative constraints to get rid of crutches and improve your craft [1:23:36]
- If Tim could put up a billboard up anywhere, where would you put it and what would it say? [1:28:58]
- Tim’s most-gifted book to friends, acquaintances, and family [1:29:27]
- Something about Tim that most people would be surprised to learn [1:31:01]
Posted on: May 13, 2016.
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