Desire to create

Humans have a deep desire to create and to build.
We rose to the top of the food chain because of our ability to create.

… things have been carefully engineered to get you addicted, like a drug.
We stop thinking for ourselves.
Our brains are being hijacked and rewired.

Science shows that the process of creating is better for us than the actual “creation.”

The act of creating anything forces you to focus, learn, develop a work ethic, and build character.

In addition, you gain skills, experience, meaning, purpose, identity, growth, fulfillment, and self-esteem.

I challenge you, for one week, to severely restrict your information input.

This means:

No books…

No blogs…

No news…

No social media…

No TV or Movies…

from https://www.neilstrauss.com/advice/create/

During reading the article I unpinned my two permanent Chrome tabs. One was Google Calendar because my smartphone already does notifications and the second was Facebook messenger. Both tabs can I reopen whenever I knowingly want, so no need to be distracted from them.

 

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Programming productivity

Maybe this is the key to productivity: just getting started.

… almost every kind of military strategy, from air force dogfights to large scale naval maneuvers, is based on the idea of Fire and Motion. It took me another fifteen years to realize that the principle of Fire and Motion is how you get things done in life. You have to move forward a little bit, every day. It doesn’t matter if your code is lame and buggy and nobody wants it. If you are moving forward, writing code and fixing bugs constantly, time is on your side.

from https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2002/01/06/fire-and-motion/

80 percent of your outcomes come from 20 percent of your inputs

It really doesn’t matter what numbers you apply, the important thing to understand is that in your life there are certain activities you do (your 20 percent) that account for the majority (your 80 percent) of your happiness and outputs.

… start being creative and giving back – produce output! You won’t find fulfillment only by consuming.

Source: http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/397/80-20-rule-pareto-principle/