// The Comment #14: Morning routines, Facebook, and Decentralization

A former slave castle, Elmina Castle in Ghana

The Comment is a weekly digest of the stuff that grabbed my attention or occupied some part my mind during the past week. Normally, it’ll be one thing that’s really been on my mind, followed by a handful of things that I found interesting. The Comment will be published each Monday at 10:30AM EST.

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# 25,000 Mornings

James Clear wrote 8 ways to make the most of your mornings.  A couple of ways stood out to me:

2. Prepare the night before. I don’t do this nearly as often as I should, but if you only do one thing each day then spend a few minutes each night organizing your to–do list for tomorrow. When I do it right, I’ll outline the article I’m going to write the next day and develop a short list of the most important items for me to accomplish. It takes 10 minutes that night and saves 3 hours the next day.

Preparation has been increasingly important to me.  Life tends to get more complicated and busier the further along we go.  It has caused me to consciously prepare and plan out the next day, the night before, so I wake up with a plan of action.

8. Develop a “pre–game routine” to start your day. My morning routine starts by pouring a cold glass of water. Some people kick off their day with ten minutes of meditation. Similarly, you should have a sequence that starts your morning ritual. This tiny routine signals to your brain that it’s time to get into work mode or exercise mode or whatever mode you need to be in to accomplish your task. Additionally, a pre–game routine helps you overcome a lack of motivation and get things done even when you don’t feel like it.

Having a morning routine is important, if only for the fact that, I don’t wake up and immediately dive in to my phone.  A routine allows you to wake up and do the things that you really need to be doing to get yourself ready and going for the day.  It becomes that thing that don’t even have to think about doing, you just do it.  I’ve built a routine that looks like:

  1. Wakeup at the same, super early time, each day
  2. Immediately put on my workout clothes (this is very important as it removes the excuses why I can’t workout)
  3. PAM – Prayer, affirmations, meditate
  4. Run & workout
  5. Get my family ready for the day

Check out the remaining six.

# Facebook will never change

Facebook has been in the news, a lot, recently.  They’ve been accused of being used by Russian intelligence to exploit American political divides.  They’re business model also provides incentives that seemingly gave the Trump campaign the upper hand in online advertising during the 2016 election.  Om Malik writing why Facebook won’t change:

Facebook’s DNA is that of a social platform addicted to growth and engagement. At its very core, every policy, every decision, every strategy is based on growth (at any cost) and engagement (at any cost). More growth and more engagement means more data — which means the company can make more advertising dollars, which gives it a nosebleed valuation on the stock market, which in turn allows it to remain competitive and stay ahead of its rivals.

# Decentralization & the Internet

Chris Dixon writes “Why Decentralization Matters” in the next evolution of the Internet, how winning the mindshare of developers and entrepreneurs matter:

The lesson is that when you compare centralized and decentralized systems you need to consider them dynamically, as processes, instead of statically, as rigid products. Centralized systems often start out fully baked, but only get better at the rate at which employees at the sponsoring company improve them. Decentralized systems start out half-baked but, under the right conditions, grow exponentially as they attract new contributors.

In the case of cryptonetworks, there are multiple, compounding feedback loops involving developers of the core protocol, developers of complementary cryptonetworks, developers of 3rd party applications, and service providers who operate the network. These feedback loops are further amplified by the incentives of the associated token, which — as we’ve seen with Bitcoin and Ethereum — can supercharge the rate at which crypto communities develop (and sometimes lead to negative outcomes, as with the excessive electricity consumed by Bitcoin mining).

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