10 Daily Rules for Productivity and Coding Success with CuriosityStream

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This article is a summary of a YouTube video "10 Rules I Follow Everyday" by Ali Abdaal
TLDR Take action to simplify decision-making, maximize productivity, and unlock the mystery of coding with a CuriosityStream subscription.

Key insights

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    Using mental models or rules can simplify decision-making and reduce decision fatigue in our daily lives.
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    Always invest in things that take you from zero to one, rather than 1 to 1.1, because incremental upgrades are not as valuable as completely novel upgrades.
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    Investing in a high-quality camera can make a big difference in the quality of photos you take and preserve memories in a way that smartphones cannot.
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    "Hell Yeah or No" time management tip by Derek Sivers suggests raising the bar and only saying yes to things that make you say "oh, hell yeah" to avoid being spread too thin.
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    Don't let the pursuit of perfection hold you back from finishing something good and learning from it.
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    Applying the Pareto Principle can lead to cutting out 80% of products and still making 90% of profits, allowing for a more efficient use of time and resources.
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    Taking time off and relaxing guilt-free can actually increase productivity and fulfillment in the long run.
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    "Nothing in life is that complicated. Everything is figureoutable." - A powerful driving force in life according to the speaker.


  • What are the three principles to simplify decision-making?

    — The three principles to simplify decision-making are Consume, Create, and Connect.

  • How can I decide if a new tech product will add value to my life?

    — You can decide if a new tech product will add value to your life by considering if it will make consumption, creation, or connection easier.

  • What is the 80/20 principle?

    — The 80/20 principle is a concept that suggests 20% of inputs create 80% of desired outcomes.

  • What is Nebula?

    — Nebula is a streaming platform that offers ad-free versions of videos and extended editions with bonus content not available on YouTube.

  • How much does a CuriosityStream subscription cost?

    — A CuriosityStream subscription costs less than $15/year and provides access to thousands of high-quality documentaries and exclusive content on Nebula.

Timestamped Summary

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    Consume less, create more, and connect with others to simplify decision-making.
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    Consider if a tech product will make consumption, creation, or connection easier before investing - buying a camera at university was a zero to one improvement.
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    Don't let perfection stop you from taking action.
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    Take the first step - it always leads to a positive outcome!
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    Apply the 80/20 principle to maximize productivity and fulfillment, while minimizing clutter!
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    Enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
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    Everything is achievable!
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    Unlock the mystery of coding and explore thousands of documentaries on Nebula with a CuriosityStream subscription for less than $15/year!
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