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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Keep a focused journal

One of the most powerful tools for developing a new situational awareness (and feeds into any portfolio) is recording something relevant accurately and comprehensively. For example, for one month:
  • Write down everything you eat, in terms of calories.
  • Write down everything you spend.
  • Take a picture from the exact same spot of a construction site. Or a garden in spring.
  • Measure the rainfall per day.
  • Record the number of steps you take each day.
  • Record the number and types of commercials during a consistent half hour of television.
  • Record the number and makes of cars during a consistent half hour that go through red lights.
This collapses time and draws attention to patterns that otherwise would be noise. It also helps overcome the subjectivity and superstition of personal experience.

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