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Mental Hacking Tips from the Real Hackers

The brain of a computer hacker (the good kind that work to expose computer network flaws and educate versus exploit and steal) has to work on many levels. 

They have to know computer software, network hardware and the trickiest of all systems: human behavior.  Imagine trying to get access to a system that you didn’t have access to. You have to decide to go down the fastest path to get to know the person or persons who created it before losing access.

That’s why they’re sometimes uniquely qualified to offer tips on how they or people they work with make decisions.   

Hacker News, a forum for people too nerdy for Reddit, and too good for the dark web, traded their favorite tricks. Here are the best.

Simon names a few tricks used by the chairman of their corporate board. One is the 10/10/10 rule: Before making a decision, he considers how he’ll feel about this decision in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years. This, says Simon, helps the chairman look past present circumstances and consider long-term consequences.

Hacker News member cdicelico names “suspension of judgment” and “suspension of value judgments”: When your opinion of something is dictating your mood, thoughts, or actions, interrogate that opinion. Can you downgrade it from a value judgement (“this is bad”) to a feeling (“I feel this way about this”), or to no opinion at all?

 “If I’m getting upset, I’m probably wrong.” That’s nothrabannosir’s mantra. “It’s a specific kind of feeling, when my brain starts protecting itself against information that proves me wrong.” But he checks for it any time he has a flare of anger. “I find it hard, and I wish I could say it gets easier, but it doesn’t. It sucks being wrong, and it’s humiliating.”

 “Utilize laziness,” says sanj. “I don’t install Facebook on my phone; I have to use the crappier web version. I block Reddit on my laptop, so I have to use my phone. Just by making stuff not ubiquitous, you add a little mental friction to using it that dissuades its usage.”

Member jjclarkson has a small card in their office listing eight tactics and systems for productivity, including “always be knolling.” Knolling is a simple organization habit, as described by artist Tom Sachs:

1.     Scan your environment for materials, tools, books, music, etc. which are not in use.

2.    Put away everything not in use. If you aren’t sure, leave it out.

3.    Group all ‘like’ objects.

4.    Align or square all objects to either the surface they rest on, or the studio itself.

“Default to ‘no.’ Simple math: if you say no to almost everything, you are free to say yes to the really important things.

Stevenkovar has advice on overcommitting: “Default to ‘no.’ Simple math: if you say no to almost everything, you are free to say yes to the really important things. This is a skill you can practice and get better at. This is more specific to deals and opportunities than spending time with colleagues, friends, and family. However, if you find yourself constantly in meetings or going out, start saying ‘no’ until it feels special each time, or you get home feeling energized instead of drained.”

HN member Insanity names one of the simplest, most fundamental hacks: when they have so much to do that they don’t know where to start, they write down a to-do list on a piece of paper. Most productive people can’t hold all their tasks in their head, but most days you don’t need a complicated to-do app to track all your tasks. A paper list can’t distract you with bells and whistles.

Dboreham adds: “Write down what you have done. It can be (for me) hard to remember, giving rise to the mistaken feeling that you’ve achieved nothing.”

Bsaul has another simple productivity tip: “Whenever you can’t motivate yourself to start working on something, think about the smallest thing you can perform and make it your only goal for the day.” You’ll make the project feel less scary, and you’ll usually accomplish a lot more than that small goal. But even if that’s all you get done, it’s way better than doing nothing because you’re intimidated.

Of course, you can also build out more elaborate to-do lists. But here’s how to keep those lists doable, instead of further intimidating yourself with all you need to accomplish. According to HN member beat: “Never ever write down a ‘task’ that cannot realistically be done in a single sitting of work. If you can’t do it in an afternoon at worst, it’s not a task, and needs [to be] broken down further.”

You can read more hacks, plus threads full of people trying to correct each other’s grammar, in the original thread at Hacker News.

When Smart People Dumb Mistakes

We all have had an associate who, besides being a fundamentally smart person, consistently makes poor choices or tries to cover up a poor choice by not completely telling the truth.   

Adam Robinson, chess master and Princeton Review founder, has identified seven factors that make smart people act stupidly. You’ll recognize some of them—being in a rush, for example—and learning about the others will help you avoid more stupid mistakes.

The seven factors, Robinson says in an interview on The Knowledge Project, are as follows:

  • Being outside ofyour circle of competence

  • Stress

  • Rushing or urgency

  • Fixation on an outcome

  • Information overload

  • Groupthink or concern for social cohesion

  • Being in the presence of an “authority” (including yourself)

In the interview, Robinson discusses some great examples, such as four different celebrity musicians leaving their million-dollar instruments in a cab or on a train. When you put your sweater on inside-out or delete the department’s most important spreadsheet, you are exactly like Yo-Yo Ma leaving his cello in a cab.

If you catch people making the same mistake multiple times, it’s not because they’re not intelligent. It’s probably because they have a recurring case of one or more of these seven factors. To prevent the mistakes from happening again, you may need to help them address the root cause in a face-to-face meeting.

Maybe they’re getting into fender benders because they talk on the phone when you drive (information overload), and because they leave home too late (urgency); maybe they’re only behind on deadlines because you’re taking on too much work, because they don’t want to say no in meetings (social cohesion) because they’re worried about getting fired (stress). So the secret to better driving might be waking up earlier, and the secret to meeting deadlines might be shoring up their feeling of job security, by talking with them about expectations (or maybe by kidnapping and blackmailing them, 9 to 5 style, but probably not).

Time management doesn’t just affect what gets done, but how well it gets done. Meditation lowers stress directly, but it also reduces the mistake-making that produces stress. Monotasking doesn’t just speed up a task, it increases your accuracy.

Addressing all seven causes isn’t a quick fix. But if you’ve tried quick fixes and they aren’t sticking, check for these seven causes. You might find more than one. Work on those causes, so no one mistakes the associate for someone that doesn’t want to do a good job.