The “mental frameworks” I use to respond to hundreds of emails/day
September 05th, 2013 - 11 Comments
My friend Derek Halpern was asking me how I respond to so many emails every day. “What filters do you use?” he asked.
“You’re not going to believe it,” I told him, shaking my head. “I just click ‘All Mail’ and just cycle through emails insanely fast.”
He looked at me in disbelief.
But then I mentioned something else:
“By this point, I can look at an email and ‘sight-read’ most of them in less than a second. I’ve seen so many that I can basically tell what the email is about in less than a second.”
So after seeing hundreds of thousands of emails, I can quickly “see” what the email is about.
(You already do this in other parts of your life! Think about it: Have you ever had a friend who started talking about the bad boyfriend who doesn’t have a job…who doesn’t answer text messages…who won’t commit…and you think — I’ve seen this story 50x before? It’s like that — a simple “heuristic”.)
Who else uses heuristics to rapidly identify a situation?
- Chess grandmasters look at a board and see something very different than novices. They recognize deep patterns while novice players see pieces on a board
- Skilled writers can look at an essay and instantly see where the transition fails…and where the reader will stop reading
How do you apply this to your life?
What if you could build your skills at automatic “sight-reading”?
Learning how to use heuristics has been one of the best skills I’ve learned in the last 10 years. What if you could instantly use these “heuristics,” or mental shortcuts, to rapidly size up a situation?
As a cognitive miser, you already do this. But if you could train yourself to be more accurate…it would let you speed up the things you’re already doing — and do them better.
Josh is so skilled at mental frameworks, he was THE person I called when I was stuck on a very specific part of building one of my flagship courses. I called him, he thought about the problem (which I’d been obsessing over for about a month), and instantly made a recommendation that let us fix the problem and launch the course.
In this interview, Josh talks about how he uses the systems in his business and personal life to optimize his business and work-life balance. Josh runs a very successful business (by himself!) and still has plenty of time to spend with his family, write books, and learn cool new skills like windsurfing, programming and yoga.
How? How can he learn these skills so rapidly? And what if you could do what he does to learn how to speak a new language…play a musical instrument…or learn how to cook?
Watch him tell us about how he uses mental frameworks to rapidly learn new skills.
In the interview, you’ll learn:
- How to rapidly identify and eliminate the low value activities preventing you from achieving your goals
- A simple technique to remove the “friction points” that prevent you from rapidly learning new skills
- Why doing extensive research before learning something could actually kill your chances of excelling at it…and a better way to prep
- One simple tweak that can overwrite 20 years of programming and install a brand new skill in less than 20 hours (with very minimal practice)
- How to “optimize your brain” to tackle tasks outside of your normal skill set
- How to use “defaults” to eliminate mental clutter
- How to dominate difficult learning curves by pushing your own hidden psychological triggers
- Why rewriting your self-concept is essential to quickly cementing a new skill…and how to do it.
- How to use a systems approach to streamline your business and personal time
- And more
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