DeveloPassion's Newsletter - Metronomes and momentum

Edition 75 of my newsletter, discussing Knowledge Management, Knowledge Work, Zen Productivity, Personal Organization, and more!

DeveloPassion's Newsletter - Metronomes and momentum
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Welcome to the 75th edition
Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩
This week I’ve started finding my new marks. New routines, new habits, new decoration. New life basically. It’s not all glorious yet, but I’m working on it.
Life is ever-changing. Change is the norm, so we better be flexible!
I’ve decided to treat myself and bought an Amazon Echo Dot as well as some Phillips Hue lights. Setting it all up was a breeze, and I’m super happy about the results. I can finally give orders and be listened to. It never worked with my kids 😂
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The Lab 🧪
The lab is undergoing minor turbulences. The rolling average of my products has gone under $800 in the last 30 days. There’s a similar trend on Medium, where I went down from 30K views a month to 12K. Also on Twitter where numbers stagnate.
In reality, the root cause is clear: very little activity on social networks, no new articles, etc. The good news is that the solution is obvious: get back to work!
This week, I’ve released version 1.3.1 of the Obsidian Starter Kit. In this version, I’ve added a number of new templates, automation rules a new plugin, and a new tip for the user guide.
I’m not done with that project yet, but I’ve been thinking about launching a new product. Its code name is “Personal Information Management Starter Kit” (PIM Starter Kit). The idea I have is to create something similar to the obsidian Starter Kit but focused on Personal Information Management. That is, focused on how to store, structure, and organize personal information. That includes:
  • Digital documents
  • Paper documents
  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • E-mail
  • Bookmarks
  • Contact information
  • Music
  • Books
  • Podcasts
  • Search/location history
  • Chat history
I have quite a bit of experience with that, so I can certainly create something useful. And I feel like many people in the world need help. Whenever a friend or relative lets me get a glimpse at their files, I scream inside :)
For now, it’s just an idea, but I could get started with that sometime in September.
Metronomes and momentum
Galileo Galilei studied and discovered concepts that ultimately led to the creation of the metronome around the beginning of the 17th century. The first mechanical one was created in 1696 by Etienne Loulié.
Metronomes produce sound at a regular interval. Musicians rely on those to learn how to play with regularity and consistency. The regularity of metronomes is their core feature. They’re stable and predictable. They never skip a beat, never slow down, never lose the pace, and never go off track.
Regularity and consistency are two incredibly powerful qualities to develop and leverage, independently of what you do. They imply predictability and reliability, which increases confidence and trust. Both trust and confidence are core social constructs. They facilitate decision-making. Once you gain their confidence and trust, people get more inclined to help you, buy from you, rely on you, come back, etc.
Regularity and consistency also help create momentum. As more and more gets “done” (or delivered, or shipped, or published, etc.), results add up and add weight to everything you do afterward. If you have written one essay, then only that essay vouches for your writing skills. If you have written a hundred in a hundred days, it tells a very different story. Beyond that, people who discover one of your creations might want to explore other ones. That’s where momentum comes from. The longer you remain regular and consistent, the more momentum you will gain.
The great thing about momentum is that even if you stop for a while, it will remain and will only slow down progressively, just like an object in motion. If there isn’t too much friction, the object will keep its momentum.
If you want to achieve great results, then go build yourself some momentum!
Ideas I've explored this week
A few of the ideas I've explored this week
Among those, here are a few cool ideas I’ve explored:
  • Really smart thinkers are clear thinkers
  • The modern mind is overstimulated. Boredom is a key to creativity and planning
  • Difficulties strengthen the mind like exercise does the body
  • Calm is a superpower
  • A busy mind accelerates the perceived passage of time. Peace of mind can help buy more time
  • Sacrificing leisure for efficiency is sliding to burnout
  • Learning requires stimulating imagination, not mindless memorization
  • Generalists have the edge when it comes to exploring knowledge and ideas
  • Variety in work is required, but it cannot come at the cost of depth
  • The success formula
  • Considering the complexity and wholeness of situations
  • The stress master switch
  • The autonomic nervous system
  • Dark triad
  • The Ouroboros effect
  • Allopathic overload
  • Affective agnosia
  • Patience is a powerful life skill
  • Writing styles
  • Knowledge categories
  • And oh so much more!!
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Recent articles
No new articles this week (I know, I know 😂)
Quotes of the week
  • “If it hurts to hear it, look for the truth in it. If it comforts to hear it, look for the lie in it” — Naval Ravikant
  • “Worry is a misuse of imagination. Learn to use your imagination wisely. Focus your energy on what you want to see in your life”
Book of the week
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Eckhart Tolle)
Tips of the week
RootMyTV - Stage 1
How to Get Your Brain to Focus | Chris Bailey | TEDxManchester
How cool is that?!
Thinking and learning links of the week
Refind – Get smarter every day
A systems model of anxiety-driven procrastination - Axle
🔮 Reinventing Organizations: Hierarchy vs Holacracy
The Story of the Night I Met Albert Einstein | Reader's Digest
‘Mathematics is an unknown land’: meet Fields Medal winner Maryna Viazovska
Call for Model Examples of Zettelkasten Output Processes : antinet
Tech links of the week
JSON Creator Douglas Crockford Interview by Evrone
The Slow March of Progress in Programming Language Tooling - Earthly Blog
Vitest | A blazing fast unit test framework powered by Vite
Indie Hacking and bootstrapping
Remote Work: is it a generational divide? 👶⚡️🧑‍🦳
How Much Money Do Indie Hackers Products Make? | Scraping Fish
The Chase | Matteo Cellini | Substack
37 subreddits to market your startup