Mental models


106 bookmarks. First posted by alssanro october 2017.


These are some mental models I find useful.
mental_models 
8 days ago by pcook
many hard problems are best solved when they’re addressed backward
from instapaper
9 days ago by rdr
Productivity
The small-improvements method – the observation that psychologically frequently making small incremental improvements is a better approach than attempting to fix big looming problems once.

The just-get-started method – Joel Spolsky’s observation that just starting to work on a small, concrete, finishable problem puts your consciousness in a productive state.
Corollary: Just do something concrete. Anything. Do your laundry, or dust the counters, or add a single unit test. Just do something.

The top-five-problems method – Richard Hamming’s algorithm for doing important work. Periodically ask yourself: “what are the top five most important problems in my field (and life), and why am I not working on them?”
Corollary: What are the top five most important problems in your field (and life), and why aren’t you working on them?

The LRU prioritization method – since you can only work on one problem at a time, it’s usually sufficient to pick the most important problem, work on that, and ignore everything else. This method also works with organizing most things (from email to physical possessions).

The teaching method – Richard Feynman’s observation that teaching the basics is an excellent method for generating profound new ideas, and for putting consciousness in a productive state.
Corollary: If you’re stuck, put yourself in a position where you have to teach someone the basics.

Planning fallacy – the observation that humans are overly optimistic when predicting success of their undertakings. Empirically, the average case turns out to be worse than the worst case human estimate.
Corollary: Be really pessimistic when estimating. Assume the average case will be slightly worse than the hypothetical worst case.
Corollary: When estimating time, upgrade the units and double the estimate (e.g. convert “one week” to “two months”).

Forcing function – an external, usually social, constraint that increases the probability of accomplishing a set of tasks.
Example: Pair programming.
planning  fallacy 
9 days ago by sky
The just-get-started method
productivity  psychology  mental  decision 
9 days ago by zipme
This page lists mental models for the following categories:

- Productivity
- Hypothesis evaluation
- Decision making
- People
- Groups
- Communication
- Policy
- Product design
- Product design
life 
9 days ago by klingt.net
Decision-making models from a learned PhD drop-out: h/t
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9 days ago by topgold
These are some mental models I find useful. They’re rooted in decades of experience of thousands of experts – a modern equivalent of folk wisdom.

GOOD LIST
psychology 
10 days ago by whip_lash
thought model
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10 days ago by dd
These are some mental models I find useful.
10 days ago by dpl
Corollary: Fire people that are offensive or easily offended. (It usually turns out that people who possess one of these qualities, possess both.)
business  philosophy 
10 days ago by chadaustin
These are some mental models I find useful. They’re rooted in decades of experience of thousands of experts – a modern equivalent of folk wisdom. Mental mode...
management  productivity  psychology  mental  model  learning  decision-making 
10 days ago by schmidjon
These are some mental models I find useful. They’re rooted in decades of experience of thousands of experts – a modern equivalent of folk wisdom. Mental models are useful to quickly and correctly reason about seemingly intractable problems. They require quite a bit of intuition to properly internalize, but once you’ve internalized them they’re relatively easy to apply. They’re also easy to forget in the moment – use this post as a checklist when thinking about complex problems. This is a living document. Instead of creating an exhaustive list on day one, I will add models as they arise (and as I discover new ones).
10 days ago by keeganpoppen
These are some mental models I find useful.
productivity  learning 
11 days ago by ivanpa
These are some mental models I find useful. They’re rooted in decades of experience of thousands of experts – a modern equivalent of folk wisdom. Mental models are useful to quickly and correctly reason about seemingly intractable problems. They require quite a bit of intuition to properly internalize, but once you’ve internalized them they’re relatively easy to apply. They’re also easy to forget in the moment – use this post as a checklist when thinking about complex problems.
productivity 
11 days ago by chris.leaman
A guide to life
life  mental  philosophy  model 
11 days ago by suhlig
Thinking tools
11 days ago by cells
These are some mental models I find useful. They’re rooted in decades of experience of thousands of experts – a modern equivalent of folk wisdom. Mental models are useful to quickly and correctly reason about seemingly intractable problems. They require quite a bit of intuition to properly internalize, but once you’ve internalized them they’re relatively easy to apply. They’re also easy to forget in the moment – use this post as a checklist when thinking about complex problems.

This is a living document. Instead of creating an exhaustive list on day one, I will add models as they arise (and as I discover new ones).
mentalmodels 
11 days ago by cmiller
These are some mental models I find useful. They’re rooted in decades of experience of thousands of experts – a modern equivalent of folk wisdom. Mental mode...
decision  mental  productivity  psychology  management  model  workflow  decision-making  getting_work_done  learning 
12 days ago by otlib
These are some mental models I find useful. They’re rooted in decades of experience of thousands of experts – a modern equivalent of folk wisdom. Mental models are useful to quickly and correctly reason about seemingly intractable problems. They require quite a bit of intuition to properly internalize, but once you’ve internalized them they’re relatively easy to apply. They’re also easy to forget in the moment – use this post as a checklist when thinking about complex problems.
psychology  productivity  management  mental  model 
12 days ago by cothrun
Planning fallacy – the observation that humans are overly optimistic when predicting success of their undertakings. Empirically, the average case turns out to be worse than the worst case human estimate.
Corollary: Be really pessimistic when estimating. Assume the average case will be slightly worse than the hypothetical worst case.
Corollary: When estimating time, upgrade the units and double the estimate (e.g. convert “one week” to “two months”).
12 days ago by tariq.khokhar
I just starred Useful Mental Models (2016) on Inoreader. http://ift.tt/2voe3ao
Tech 
12 days ago by bone187