“When you are solving a difficult problem re-ask the problem so that your solution helps you learn faster. Find a faster way to fail, recover, and try again. If the problem you are trying to solve involves creating a magnum opus, you are solving the wrong problem.” -Aza Raskin on You Are Solving The Wrong Problem

Ramit Sethi: “The 85 Percent Solution: Getting started is more important than becoming an expert. Too many of us get overwhelmed thinking we need to manage our money perfectly, which leads us to do nothing at all. That’s why the easiest way to manage your money is to take it one step at a time—and not worry about being perfect. I ’d rather act and get it 85 percent right than do nothing. Think about it: 85 percent of the way is far better than 0 percent. Once your money system is good enough—or 85 percent of the way there—you can get on with your life and go do the things you really want to do.”- page 8 of I Will Teach You To Be Rich.

While the quote above directly applies that money, I’m certain that’s true about many things (about 85% of them at least).

My Top 30 Favorite Tips and Practices from the last 30 years

I’m turning 30 this year and over those years I’ve hopefully collected quite a few bits of wisdom and advice from a variety of sources. Some of it is inspirational quotes, some of it is practical advice, and some are just great how tos. You can find them all at http://allen.alew.org/tag/30-days-of-wisdom/.

David Allen (author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity): “If you determine an action can be done in two minutes, you actually should do it right then because it’ll take longer to organize it and review it than it would be to actually finish it the first time you notice it. If you don’t avoid the question about what’s the next step, lots of two minute items could be done right then”- 1-on-1: David Allen’s Two Minute Rule