Oversimplified: Volume 123
The power of defaults, annual reviews, and one file to rule them all
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Happy new year! I took the last couple weeks off for the holidays, but now it’s full steam ahead. I couldn’t be more grateful and pumped to share more stuff with all 1800+ of you in 2022. Feel free to reply to this email — I’d love to hear from you.
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This is my third annual review in which I grab some coffee and reflect on the things that went well and didn’t go well for me in 2021. As is always the case, lots to think about and improve on.
In case you didn’t notice, I’m a sucker for Julian’s writing. Always excellent: “While network effects can indeed be very powerful, they are also one of the most misunderstood concepts in business strategy. Not all network effects are created equal and the most successful ones are just a means to an end.”
New year, new productivity habits? This thorough write-up is eerily similar to the workflow I use to manage daily tasks and scheduling.
This article from Ribbonfarm resonated in a big way: “The very first example I encountered, sometime in the 90s I think, was “random acts of marketing.” That stuck with me because it seemed like such an apt description of the marketing efforts of most companies.”
If you’re thinking about doing an annual review, check this out. It’s one of the more complete and well-defined annual review processes that I’ve read about. I adopted a few aspects of this for myself.
No big insights from this — Just thought it was cool!
Food for Thought
“Worry, at its core, is the repetitious experience of a mind attempting to generate a feeling of security about the future, failing, then trying again and again and again — as if the very effort of worrying might somehow help forestall disaster. The fuel behind worry, in other words, is the internal demand to know, in advance, that things will turn out fine. But the struggle for control over the future is a stark example of our refusal to acknowledge our built-in limitations when it comes to time, because it’s a fight the worrier obviously won’t win.” — Oliver Burkeman
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