I used to overuse caffeine. Every few months I would go cold turkey for a week or two, to (a) prove to myself I easily could, but also (b) mostly reset the amount I needed or thought I needed for the same benefits. I figured this worked all right.
Then a change in my home life made it necessary to sometimes be able to stay or quickly become alert and useful at odd hours of the night/morning, and a moderate amount of caffeine just wasn't enough to break through. So my partner and I instituted a new rule: (basically) no caffeine after noon, and at most one cup of coffee's worth before that; but all the decaf I wanted.
Benefits: radically better sleep quality, one dose during nighttime emergencies is sufficient, and I no longer participate in the tolerance/turkey cycle.
Couple of other ELDRs:
On the contrary, one of my go-to techniques for decision-making is to examine questions that seem relevant to see if I can tell by the magnitude of their possible answers whether I care about what their possible answers are. If my choice boils down to "if X > 100, yes, otherwise no" and I am pretty confident that X is somewhere around 90-110 and I find a question that seems relevant but it turns out any answer sways X by at most a tenth of a point, I will dismiss that question and look for more important questions.
It is a flag to check for rationalization, sure.
If your strategy remains unchanged, I can change my strategy to "999,999.99 please" and come away with 1,000,000.01 in total, so that's not a Nash equilibrium.
These notifications just showed me a very old thread I did not know existed. The thread made me laugh. Thank you, I think. https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/yffPyiu7hRLyc7r23/#okLFFnQhgTzqANvQy
Do you have a way of seeing your expenditures for the past year, categorized and summed? Use Mint or something similar. Take a day every couple years to go through and look at _all_ of them and determine which are simply extraneous, which you don't endorse.
Good point. I can't really imagine being several hours late and still showing up, except for events where that is explicitly the norm, like a long party.
What I have learned as to do as an organizer both private and professional life:
Recent examples: we're having Christmas with 10 people. I told one "you are responsible for acquiring materials for communal cookie decorating. Do you accept or should I pick someone else?" I'm putting some people together for a game this weekend and needed exactly 1-2 more. I emailed a couple asking if they wanted to join. The day after, rather than waiting, I emailed again, specifying one of them, saying "reply yes, no, or maybe-but-we're-not-sure so that if no I can email others". I needed a design for a project at work. It is not my responsibility to produce the design. So I wrote up a design, put a meeting on relevant people's calendars, and said "hey let's discuss the design, here's a proposal", knowing my design was definitely flawed but someone had to produce a seed for others to critique. Two coworkers were supposed to lead a meeting to bring our team up to speed on some work they'd done in the past few months so that we could all participating in planning the followup. One said he had a fire to put out; the other said there are no more free times this week so let's meet next week; I said that sounds awful, pick one of meet anyway, meet tomorrow missing one person, or meet two days from now missing one other person.
All this has a common theme, I think.
*buck stops with you, or with someone else who is actually engaged in making this thing happen. Just never with a mere participant.
I went from borderline nonfunctional to pretty functional. This is not at all obvious even to those who knew me because I had been masking the growing problems really well using just raw intellectual brute force. More "attracts the walking wounded" anecdote.
Further, I kind of expect that Really Winning in the sense you're talking about is far more likely when (a) you get lucky, and/or (b) you're willing to stomp on other people. The first is not increased and the second is actively decreased by LWing (I think and hope).
Also, we have funded, active research into the not-so-covert true goal of original LW.
Can we do better? Yeah, definitely. Is it really so bleak? I don't think so.
I don't like it. To me, very broadly, "values" are what I want, "priorities" are what I will go after given that I have limited resources and it costs things to go after what I want and succeed at getting it.