Written by LW user Simon Berens.
This is part of LessWrong for EA, a LessWrong repost & low-commitment discussion group (inspired by this comment). Each week I will revive a highly upvoted, EA-relevant post from the LessWrong Archives, more or less at random
Excerpt from the post:
Like most tech bros, I’m a little too interested in productivity and optimizing my life. I’ve even made a few of my own tools to help me stay focused and efficient. In the process of trying to find and build the best productivity tools possible, I discovered common elements among all the productivity tools I found most effective.
I call such tools elastic, because of their similarities to rubber bands. And so, elastic tools
- stretch, meaning that they’re designed to allow for some leeway
- snap back, i.e. after stretching they automatically go back to their intended form
- don’t break, in the sense that you can never stretch them too far
Elastic tools are a marked improvement over standard tools, which typically
- are brittle, allowing no leeway
- don’t help you get back on track
- end up getting ditched
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