quotes tagged with 'constraints'

I limit misbehavior by limiting options. Notice that I have no shelves. This discourages accumulating papers and encourages both elimination and immediate digital note-taking. When in doubt, I take a digital photograph of documents (I prefer this to a scanner, which consumes real estate)...


Constraints — a precursor to simplicity — aren’t always a bad thing. In fact, they’re often better than increasing options.

Author: Tim Ferriss, Source: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2008/09/30/rethinking-the...Saved by mlsscaress in limit simplicity constraints less wfh misbehavior options accumulation eliminate 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I met Roland Henin on the beach in Narragansett. He was chef af a place called the Dunes Club, a big hotel; he commanded a kitchen the size of a football field with a crew of forty cooks, and he needed someone to cook staff meal.

The staff meal cook is low man in the kitchen hierarchy. You cook meals from scraps for people who work in the kitchen. But the Dunes Club was a high-end kitchen and Henin was a classical French chef, so our scraps might be the butt from a tenderloin, and with that I learned how to make beouf bourguignon. We'd have the legs left over from butchered chickens and with these I'd learned to make coq au vin. I turned lamb scraps into lamb navarin...

Staff meal was about the fundamentals of cooking and how to work with by-products, using scraps to make something tasty, eye-appealing, and satisfying. But the message underlying that was "Can you be passionate about cooking at this level?" Staff meal. Only the staff sees it. If you can make great food for these people, create that habit, have that drive, that sincerity, and keep that with you and take it to another level in the staff meal, then someday you'll be a great chef. Maybe.
Author: Thomas Keller, Source: French Laundry, p115Saved by richardkmiller in passion constraints less drive 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
[W]e need to thoughtfully allocate our resources of time, income, and energy. I would like to let you in on a little secret. Some of you have already learned it. If you haven't, it's time you knew. No matter what your family needs are or your responsibilities in the Church, there is no such thing as "done." There will always be more we can do. There is always another family matter that needs attention, another lesson to prepare, another interview to conduct, another meeting to attend. We just need to be wise in protecting our health and in following the counsel that President Hinckley has given often to just do the best that we can.

The key, it seems to me, is to know and understand your own capabilities and limitations and then to pace yourself, allocating and prioritizing your time, your attention, and your resources to wisely help others, including your family, in their quest for eternal life.
Author: M. Russell Ballard, Source: http://www.lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-646-7,0...Saved by richardkmiller in wisdom balance gtd constraints pacing 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
For me, goals and daily metrics are the key to keeping me focused. If I don’t have access to the right stats, every day, it is so easy for me to move on mentally to the next thing. But if I have quick access to key metrics every day, my creativity stays within certain bounds–my ideas all center on how to achieve our goals.
Author: Paul Allen, Source: http://www.paulallen.net/2006/10/10/domino-rally-business-mode...Saved by richardkmiller in goals focus gtd metrics statistics constraints 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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