a maybe interesting question to ask is, “what’s your biggest constraint?”

three common ones I know of are time, energy, and money. idk what the other big ones are

I think people often have a hard time understanding each other when they’re constrained on different things

also moving from one to another is weird. I switched from “energy” to “time” a couple years ago and it took a long time to actually internalize that time was expensive

I think I’ve identified a fourth one: someone I know calls it “brainspace.” (these days I feel sometimes more time-constrained and sometimes more brainspace-constrained I think)

it feels a bit hard to describe, but some symptoms:

– feeling like you have so many things on your to-do list that half of your time is just spent remembering what all the things on your to-do list are
– feeling like you’ve hit a limit of “decisions per day” that takes time to reset
– feeling like time sleeping or away from work has a cost > 1, because of the additional time it takes to reset and load everything back into working memory when you start working again

I sort of feel like I don’t have that much responsibility, in the grand scheme of things, and am curious how other people handle it. Like what do CEOs of real companies do? Or presidents?


#oh hey it’s this post #reblogging primarily on the grounds that #if I ever refer to a post as ”that one Tumblr post about X” and don’t already have a copy I should obtain a copy #I didn’t realise when I first read this post that I wanted to reblog it but #empirically I think about this post enough to include it in my collection of posts #kind of a percolating thing I guess #(I absolutely feel like I have so many things on my to-do list that half my time is just spent remembering what they all are) #(well not so much the remembering part–I have notepads and calendars for that–but it’s the *prioritising* that gets me) #is the blue I see the same as the blue you see

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