Beeminder book club?

Yeah the other book is where the real meat is. I understand why he made the macOS book because the first book is dense, and I’ve really had to let all this stuff sink in over time. Worth a read if you’re serious about turning knowledge resources into long-term wisdom & action.

How about… now?!

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Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most just came out. It’s supposed to be an actionablr overview of improvements in decision making. The author wrote an essay in the NY Times recently, and he mentioned Schelling in it, which is enough to get it on my personal read list.

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It’s on my personal read list, as well, because I apparently pre-ordered it months ago and forget until I got the receipt from Amazon this morning!

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By the way, if you ever want to discuss your workflow from these books, I am totally down. I’m getting there but not finished, that’s for sure.

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There hasn’t been any new activity in the threads for The Willpower Instinct for several weeks. I’m personally feeling like I got what I wanted out of that book and am ready to move on.

If others are interested in picking the book club back up, I propose we abandon The Willpower Instinct and pick it up with a new book. I think Deep Work was another popular choice, but I’ve also seen some endorsements of Atomic Habits around here. Any takers?

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I would love to. I have read Deep Work, and Atomic Habits is on my list, so both work great for me!

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+1 for everything. :slight_smile:

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Already reading Atomic Habits, so that would work great :slight_smile:

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I’m interested in doing a Deep Work reread with you all at some point as well, but I’m interpreting the responses here as leaning towards Atomic Habits. So here goes!

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I tried to cut down on social media as part of reading the Willpower Instinct and this is the result :smiley:

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Looks like we’re done with Atomic Habits - what’s next for the book club?

Participation died off well before the end of the book in both rounds of the book club so far. Before starting another book, I think we ought to have a retrospective on what has and has not worked so far.

I personally like the format 30-50 pages per week and a forum post per logical subdivision in the book. But I wonder if that’s too slow for people who read prefer to borrow books from the library (and thus need to return them). Would it be better to just set a target date for having finished the book and have a single thread? Or any other ideas about how to organize?

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Maybe anyone joining a book club should be required to have Beeminder goals for reading the book and posting in the discussion thread. =)

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Well I’m not sure that’s really a problem that needs to be fixed, but we could try:

  • just having one big thread, no target date
  • having multiple threads by topic instead of book section, and create them all at once
  • or if you want threads by book section, create them all at once so people can read at their own pace

All of these would allow “Reading Fast and Slow” :grinning: rather than forcing everyone to be on a specific schedule.

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I would suggest a single thread so that discussions are not split and everyone having a beeminder goal on reading & commenting :slight_smile:

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I thought the multiple threads would work, but I have now changed camps–one thread per book!

I wonder if the “goal collection” thing like we’re doing for the New Year’s Challenge is abstractable to this…

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Survivor? Abstractable how? Sorry I don’t understand

Yes apparently there is a “groups” feature that @dreev is working on , right? :slight_smile:

“Working on” is an exaggeration but we have notes on how we think group goals should work! http://doc.beeminder.com/groupgoals

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