“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
Here’s your midweek newsletter — a gentle nudge to make your week more interesting, thoughtful and productive.
Of Operating Systems and Collaboration
With the whole work from home and living alone situation, I started thinking about a particular Operating Systems class from college and of the idea of scheduling in computers. Sorry for the sudden nerd out but bear with me. The idea is simply of resource allocation.
In Operating Systems, the resource allocation such as memory, storage etc. is done based on specific algorithms. In a situation like mine, where I’m working from home and doing all the chores since I stay alone, the scheduling technique is what we call: First-Come, First-Served.
Similarly, when we have ideas but also functioning lives, some ideas start to decay in our notebooks. We can only get to them once we’re done with the things we are doing. Since most activities in a general life are long-term, ideas never get picked up.
The smarter solution here is to reach out to people who already possess a skill that you plan on learning and pitch the idea to them. If they agree on working together, you’ll learn the skill while working together, and your idea will come to life anyway.
It’s the smart thing to do if you care about your ideas.
Warren Buffet’s 20-Slot Rule
Warren Buffet has a philosophy of a 20-slot rule. It’s something he brings up in his lectures.
He says that he can improve the financial situation of the listeners just by giving them a card which they are allowed to punch 20 times. Each punch counts as an investment, and once the card is punched 20 times, no further investments are allowed.
He argues that once that limitation and rules are set, the receiver of the card will think hard about each investment to the point that they’d only really need 20 in their entire life.
James Clear connected this idea with how we allocate time in this article. He says that perhaps, we should look at the things we do and try to get better at in the same way. Carefully judging and choosing what takes our time.
Sidenote: This also reminded me of an interesting article on Wait But Why called Your Life in Weeks which I read back when I was a teenager. This article, quite frankly, formed a significant part of who I am today.
Reading List: Man’s Search For Meaning
I recently read Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, and there was one quote that has stuck with me given the way this year is shaping up so far.
“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.”
This book is a gem of a read. It delves into Viktor Frankl’s time as a prisoner in multiple Nazi concentration camps, his will for survival, and his school of psychology and its perspective.
It is honest, and can often feel insensitive but ultimately, to me, it is a book about hope.
Quick Update On Nudge › How
This week, I’ll be publishing an article out on happiness, my philosophy and experiences with it. This topic came as a request from a Q&A I did on the Instagram page a couple of weeks ago. It is an intriguing premise.
In case you missed it, I wrote about building better habits on the blog this weekend. I talked about a six-step system which I use to get my habits in order and to form new ones quickly. You can read it here.
Oh, And One Last Thing
Since you joined the first edition of the newsletter, I’ve placed you in a special list. I have certain exclusives in mind which will start to show up in a few months.
I’ve decided to keep this list open for the first four newsletters so if you know someone who would like this, let them know of this little perk!