I had the following conversation with a friend earlier:
Me: Any idea what’s stopping you sticking with [learning to touch type]?
A: same thing that prevents me sticking with lots of things: me
Me: I don’t want to give you a hard time about this, but you know that’s not actually a productive way of looking at that sort of thing, right?
A: It’s something I’ve learned to live with, I have a few countermeasures
Me: What I mean is that thinking of yourself as an obstacle is not a good way to stop yourself being an obstacle, and it’s instead more useful to think of yourself as a resource with constraints, and to figure out what specific constraints are in play on a specific problem. In particular this is a helpful attitude for building an extended self that can work around those constraints in a way that you cannot easily do bare-brained.
In the follow-on discussion, A asked me if I had any recommended reading on this subject. Unfortunately, I don’t, I think I just picked it up osmotically from hanging out with beeminder folks and then thinking real hard and trying stuff out. Does anyone have any good book/article/etc suggestions for the rather ill-defined subject of good brain tactics and coping strategies for lack of stick-with-it-ness?
(Obviously I can recommend that he just use Beeminder, and I will, but I find that Beeminder doesn’t directly teach you good tactics so much as give you the push you need to get yourself to learn them, and it would be nice to have something to send help expedite the learning process)