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Planted 02022-04-28

Say no, build slack.

Leisure is the mother of philosophy; and Commonwealth, the mother of peace and leisure. Where first were great and flourishing cities, there was first the study of philosophy.

Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes

Slack is absence of binding constraints on behavior.

Value it. Guard it. Spend it only when Worth It. If you lose it, fight to get it back.

Slack: The absence of binding constraints on behavior

Slack gives you space to notice/reflect on subtle things

The Now needs to be protected from influences from both the past (obligations) and the future (anxieties).

Say no to almost everything

A little inefficiency is wonderful

Efficiency is the Enemy

You probably need to do fewer things right now.

We can build slack into our lives. We can create cycles so that we don’t need to dance with a crisis around time on a regular basis.

The secret to doing good research is always to be a little underemployed. You waste years by not being able to waste hours.

Amos Tversky

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.

Steve Jobs

Focus to win

To use leisure intelligently and profitably is a final test of a civilization.

Jay B. Nash, Philosophy of Recreation and Leisure

How to say no

Steve Jobs’ Former Assistant Reveals Lessons About Burnout and Wellbeing

Intentional computing

Commoncog: Focus Is Saying No To Good Ideas

Work on what matters

Half-assing it with everything you’ve got

90% utilization is causing more failure than you realize, not just in burn-out, but in productivity and output.