Weekly I/O #2

“Weekly I/O” is inspired by Shane Parrish’s and Tim Ferris’s weekly newsletter. Haven’t figured out the exact form and purpose of this weekly, so let’s just take it as a writing practice first and we’ll see how it goes.

Here are some thoughts and notes I have this week:

1. How to create an investment portfolio that gets Alpha and Beta equally? Invest 90% in the alpha portfolio and invest the rest with 9x leverage in the beta portfolio.
Jacky Cheng’s Sharing)

I’m not sure how this strategy exactly performs and haven’t found any essay supporting this. However, the idea itself is interesting enough.

2. Treating your personal life more like a business, and treating your business more like a personal life.
(From Podcast: Not Overthinking #30)

This is the topic of the episode. You can listen to it on their website.

In business mode, you don’t have the emotional attachment to the resources, like time and money. Oftentimes companies use ROI (return on investment) to approach resource allocation problems, but the default mode we use in our personal life is basically “feels over reals”.

The simple example of treating personal life more like a business is using tools like todo-list or calendar, which are more commonly used in business. Some more extreme examples mentioned in the episode are having a personal CRM system (I don’t know that Notion even has a template for this) or sending notes about conversations after dinner to every participant.

3. We use software like Jira and create tickets to track the tasks in our daily work. How about creating an issue tracker for our personal life to track issues and make some bug reports of ourselves?

When I relistened the episode, I started to think of what are some tools I use in daily work that can be applied to personal life? Project management software can be an example. Other things like weekly and annually reports, OKRs, …etc.

4. If you treat yourself like a product, then who are your TAs and what is your marketing channel? How to reach them? What’s your marketing strategy?

This may be another example to have something in business applied to personal life. I love being with certain kinds of people, then those are my TAs. And therefore, my marketing strategy can be throwing myself into an environment full of those kinds of people or doing things that are boring to people that aren’t my TAs. I should develop this idea for an essay someday.

But as mentioned in the podcast, overthinking and systematically thinking about social interaction may be considered weird since people think it should only be sincerely and spontaneously.

5. The Internet makes smart people smarter, stupid people stupider. The average of all may be the same.
(From Podcast: The knowledge project #39)




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