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šŸ’” The Benefit of Creating Your Favorite Problems

A research report from 2009 says Americans spend 11.8 hours a day consuming information.

Here's a wild guess šŸ‘‰ that number is not lower today (for many countries).

I think a lot about how we can support ourselves and others finding more š—³š—¼š—°š˜‚š˜€: thinking, creating, collaborating and building.

An exercise that's helped me is š˜š—µš—² "šŸ­šŸ® š—³š—®š˜ƒš—¼š—暝—¶š˜š—² š—½š—暝—¼š—Æš—¹š—²š—ŗš˜€."

ā€¢ What are the problems you're most interested in?
ā€¢ Where do you want to focus your energy?
ā€¢ What problems do you enjoy solving?
ā€¢ What do you care about?

Set a timer for 5 minutes and start writing.

This time constraint is very helpful, and many are surprised how quickly they know their first 'problems'.

š—¦š—¼š—ŗš—² š—²š˜…š—®š—ŗš—½š—¹š—²š˜€ š—Æš—²š—¹š—¼š˜„:

ā€¢ How do I spend 70% in my 'zone of genius'?
ā€¢ How do I cook the world's best lasagna?
ā€¢ What does a sustainable business look like in 20 years?
ā€¢ What are the components of maintaining a democracy?

No need to stare at them daily. But if you write these with intention, you can also get more intentional with what information you interact with.

You start picking up signal, and can easier discard noise.

For me, it's been helpful to maintain focus and reduce overwhelm.

I applied this from the course 'Building a Second Brain, but the idea comes from Richard Feynman:

"š˜ š˜°š˜¶ š˜©š˜¢š˜·š˜¦ š˜µš˜° š˜¬š˜¦š˜¦š˜± š˜¢ š˜„š˜°š˜»š˜¦š˜Æ š˜°š˜§ š˜ŗš˜°š˜¶š˜³ š˜§š˜¢š˜·š˜°š˜³š˜Ŗš˜µš˜¦ š˜±š˜³š˜°š˜£š˜­š˜¦š˜®š˜“ š˜¤š˜°š˜Æš˜“š˜µš˜¢š˜Æš˜µš˜­š˜ŗ š˜±š˜³š˜¦š˜“š˜¦š˜Æš˜µ š˜Ŗš˜Æ š˜ŗš˜°š˜¶š˜³ š˜®š˜Ŗš˜Æš˜„, š˜¢š˜­š˜µš˜©š˜°š˜¶š˜Øš˜© š˜£š˜ŗ š˜¢š˜Æš˜„ š˜­š˜¢š˜³š˜Øš˜¦ š˜µš˜©š˜¦š˜ŗ š˜øš˜Ŗš˜­š˜­ š˜­š˜¢š˜ŗ š˜Ŗš˜Æ š˜¢ š˜„š˜°š˜³š˜®š˜¢š˜Æš˜µ š˜“š˜µš˜¢š˜µš˜¦. š˜Œš˜·š˜¦š˜³š˜ŗ š˜µš˜Ŗš˜®š˜¦ š˜ŗš˜°š˜¶ š˜©š˜¦š˜¢š˜³ š˜°š˜³ š˜³š˜¦š˜¢š˜„ š˜¢ š˜Æš˜¦š˜ø š˜µš˜³š˜Ŗš˜¤š˜¬ š˜°š˜³ š˜¢ š˜Æš˜¦š˜ø š˜³š˜¦š˜“š˜¶š˜­š˜µ, š˜µš˜¦š˜“š˜µ š˜Ŗš˜µ š˜¢š˜Øš˜¢š˜Ŗš˜Æš˜“š˜µ š˜¦š˜¢š˜¤š˜© š˜°š˜§ š˜ŗš˜°š˜¶š˜³ š˜µš˜øš˜¦š˜­š˜·š˜¦ š˜±š˜³š˜°š˜£š˜­š˜¦š˜®š˜“ š˜µš˜° š˜“š˜¦š˜¦ š˜øš˜©š˜¦š˜µš˜©š˜¦š˜³ š˜Ŗš˜µ š˜©š˜¦š˜­š˜±š˜“."

What are your favorite problems? šŸ˜