It’s very late feedback, but I think this was easily in the top three of the most well written self-help advice I’ve ever read.
It’s early to judge, but I also think it’s been one of the most useful. I have been kinda doing stuff similar to some of what you describe for a while, and I kept doing it because it was effective, and in the few days I had to try it having a more… explicit and systematic model of what actually works to shape my behaviour turned out to be useful.
So far I haven’t tried to apply it to too much stuff at once for fear of burning out, but problems I tried to fix in the past have been fixed for days now, where past solutions worked for mere hours before.
With the disclaimer you’ve made me realise that lately I had cut all of a sudden a lot of the stuff that makes me happy to improve productivity on stuff that’s important, which explains why my mood got lower. I will act to restore some balance into that as well.
Thanks for the feedback Emiya! I hope it ends up being useful for helping you get what you want to get done, done.
I never got the chance to update here, but I cleaned up some of the essays in the years since writing this series.
They can now be found here. Of note is that I massively edited Habits 101, and I think it now reads a lot tighter than before.
Thanks, I’ll check them out as well!