I’m starting an experiment on Periscope and I’d like you to join me.
On the surface, it’s a Q&A with me and my friend Buster Benson (creator of behavior design apps: 43things, HealthMonth, Budge, and 750Words). We’re going to be offering free life advice based on our combined research into behavior design.
- Sign Up Here. It’s free.
- When you sign up, ask us a question. We’re looking for challenging and/or controversial topics.
- The Live Q&A starts at 9am PT on Wednesday 4/22. We’ll be using Periscope (that’s why we’re calling it a ScopeCast). If you don’t have Periscope or miss the time slot, we’ll send you a recorded version afterward.
At a deeper level, I’m interested in the philosophy of behavior change. Why should you adopt a given habit?
One of my first epiphanies around productivity was that there was a difference between doing the most work and doing the right work.
There’s an entire genre of apps around todo lists. These are around getting all of your tasks done.
I was in this camp for a long time. I actually tracked how many tasks I would get done in an average day.
I’d track my tasks with the same discipline that a lawyer tracks their billable hours by six minute increments.
Then I read a sales book (I needed this book to work or my company was going to go out of business). The first thing the book covered was a morning routine that started around setting priorities.
That was my epiphany.
And that’s the major switch in most people’s career as they move from doing work that is assigned to them management or entrepreneurship. You graduate from tracking volume of work to tracking impact of work.
Now, I start my day by writing down my priorities.
The reason I told that story is because a lot of habits and goals are presented to us as moral imperatives.
What Todo list app do you use?
The implications there are that you should be using and finishing your todos every day. But why?
We’re also asked if we flossed, exercised, drank water, avoided TV/alcohol/TechCrunch/sugar.
All of these goals are fine and good, even admirable in many cases. But I want to come at it from a philisophical angle, “How should we live and why?”
There aren’t any easy answers, and I’m lucky to have Buster with me to give a counterargument.
If this sounds fun, get signed up above and ask us a question. We’ll cover any aspect of living a good life: productivity, health, happiness.