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Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway:



Think back to your last big decision – when you chose to buy that house or decided to pursue a certain degree. Are you sure you made the right choice? Or do you sometimes second-guess yourself?

It’s easy to get sucked into a spiral of second guesses. If you’d studied architecture in Paris, or married that pilot, maybe you’d be happier now!

So how can you be certain that you’re making the right choice when you’re faced with a big decision?

It’s a trick question.

There are no wrong decisions

The way to come out on top when you find yourself waffling over what to do is to accept that any decision you make is a chance for learning and growth.

Consider all the opportunities and insights you would gain from any of the outcomes and know that, whatever you choose, it will help you refine your values and what you want.

With this mindset, you’ll no longer get the sinking feeling that you’ve made the “wrong” decision. What’s more, it will equip you to deal with any situation life throws at you.

For more on fear-wrangling – and why saying “I won’t” is better than saying “I can’t” – read our blinks to:

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, by Susan Jeffers.

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Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

David Simon


There are a dozen tasks clogging up your to-do list, and you have no idea which one to tackle first. If you don’t start being productive fast, you’re going to rage-quit all your tabs and escape to a guilt-inducing two-hour lunch.

Productivity? There’s an algorithm for that

Fret not. Math is here to help.

Here are two algorithms – series of statistically-driven, problem-solving steps – that will help you regain control of your workload:

Not sure which task to start working on first? Use the Earliest Due Date algorithm: begin with the task that has the nearest deadline, and then work from there.

Can’t possibly get everything done in the time you have? Apply Moore’s Algorithm: skip the task that sucks up the most time. This enables you to get many other tasks done in its place, thereby adding to your productivity.

Curious about how else math can help you, including the best way to select an apartment? Get our blinks to Algorithms to Live By, by Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths.

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Algorithms to Live by, By Brian Christian