Opt-in self-behaviour control for yak shavers.
Time management: basic
Doing good stuff
Advanced: blackmail-based time-discounting management
being aware of your time discounting. (Choose the version of yourself with the most propitious perspective to make decisions on behalf of the slacker early-morning version)
Tim Harford on hyperbolic discounting:
…what to do about the hyperbolic discounting problem? I have two suggestions. The first helps bring a long-term perspective to the daily to-do list. Don’t draw up your list of tasks first thing in the morning – do it the previous evening, when you will have a slightly more distant perspective. When you do so, think about the two or three tasks you would feel most satisfied to have ticked off. Put those at the top of the list and make them your priority.
The second suggestion flips the telescope around and brings today’s perspective to tomorrow’s commitments. When being invited to do things months in advance, the diary usually looks pretty clear and it’s tempting to say “yes”. But whenever a new invitation arrives, ask yourself not, “should I accept the invitation in March?” but, “would I accept the invitation if it was for this week?”
Aside: I should look up why they always call this “hyperbolic discounting”.
Sure, it’s not exponential discounting, but has anyone empirically fit a good hyperbolic curve in particular to typical discounting behaviour, or do we use this term solely because it’s the most clever-sounding thing that’s got fewer syllables than “non-exponential”?
And when we say hyperbolic discounting, are we emphasising the far future tail, or the immediate inflation?
Dan Ariely shout out TBD.
“Anti Akrasia” tools
The beeminder term, this one:
Akrasia (ancient Greek ἀκρασία, “lacking command over oneself”) is the state of acting against one’s better judgment, not doing what one genuinely wants to do. It encompasses procrastination, lack of self-control, lack of follow-through, and any kind of addictive behavior.
Weaponise your social guilt and los aversion for personal gain!
- beeminder is a full-featured quantified-self commitment contract plus progress quantifier.
- stickk is basic comitment contracts
- pact is not jsut loss-driven but pays kickbacks:
- Make a weekly Pact to exercise more or eat healthier. Set what you’ll pay other Pact members if you don’t reach it.
- Meet Your Goals Use the Pact app to track your progress.
- Reap the rewards Earn real cash for living healthily, paid by the members who don’t!
As above, but the rewards and costs are points and levels and badges or something.
Habitica is a video game to help you improve real life habits. It “gamifies” your life by turning all your tasks (habits, dailies, and to-dos) into little monsters you have to conquer. The better you are at this, the more you progress in the game. If you slip up in life, your character starts backsliding in the game.
others? I thought there were more, but I ain’t seen any recently.