“I hate writing, I love having written.” — Dorothy Parker
I would not consider myself especially good at exerting willpower. I have a hard time saying no. I don’t exercise much self control in most domains of my life (e.g. diet, finance). Even now, I’ve had bouts of egregious non-productivity playing video games, watching television, or procrastinating on work.
What I am good at is designing systems that don’t require exercising self control. Self control is a finite and unreliable resource to depend on when producing behavior, so you should find ways to either to limit the amount of willpower you need to exercise to produce a behavior.
We’ll talk through some general themes of good systems of producing behavior, roughly ranking in terms of easier to harder to implement.