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Trivial inconveniences as an antidote to akrasia

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Science like a chef

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Productivity: Working towards a summary of what we know

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Develop skills, or "dive in" and start a startup?

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How I'd Introduce LessWrong to an Outsider

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New meet up in Las Vegas!

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Meetup : Las Vegas Meetup

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Should we admit it when a person/group is "better" than another person/group?

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Sports

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Non-communicable Evidence

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Recent Comments

> I find that trivial inconveniences become less powerful the more I go through the routine of overcoming them.

Ah, that's a really good point. Seems like something that would be true for others as well.

> Your mom and you might be interested in this as well if you didn't know about it: https://...(read more)

[deleted https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/jFWgM99cCqFeMBXA5/trivial-inconveniences-as-an-antidote-to-akrasia#SLcuYkndxgseRHJD4 and posted as a reply]

Interesting! I was going to ask some follow up questions, but if you're planning on writing more about it I'll wait for the write ups :)

Yes. Definitely happens to me.

Sometimes it happens because I've been doing something tedious for a long time. Eg. spending 10 hours writing unit tests. Sometimes it happens when I'm thinking hard about something. Eg. learning math. (Unfortunately, I end up experiencing the former more than the lat...(read more)

I suspect that it would be useful to distinguish between "zoomed out" inefficiency, and "zoomed in" inefficiency. When you zoom in and observe the fact that employers don't give out IQ tests, I agree that we shouldn't draw any conclusions. But if you zoom out and observe the fact that IQ tests have ...(read more)

I'd like to take a point that I think is implicitly being made, and state it explicitly.

Holding on to the curiosity and pursuing a deeper understanding of things takes time, and the benefit isn't always worth that cost. There are some situations where it is worth the cost, and there are others whe...(read more)

1\. I think this technique can, and probably should be applied to lots of other stuff.

2\. I wonder how much of the benefit comes from just writing down the tallies, versus from looking back at the tallies and using that data to think "I enjoy Facebook more/less than I thought".

3\. From what I un...(read more)

(For your first post, no less?)

Yeah, seriously!!! You've got my vote for the First Post Of The Year Award.

Why exactly do you find it to be unusually dangerous and detrimental? The answer may seem obvious, but I think that it would be valuable to be explicit.

I love the idea of having private comments on posts. Sometimes I want to point out nitpicky things like grammatical errors or how something could have been phrased differently. But I don't want to "take up space" with an inconsequential comment like that, and don't want to appear nitpicky. Private c...(read more)