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Figuring this crap out together. Hello friends! At lunch yesterday my colleague Shridhar was talking

Inspiration for Overthinkers

December 15 · Issue #1 · View online
Tackling stress and anxiety, one experiment at a time.

Figuring this crap out together.
Hello friends! At lunch yesterday my colleague Shridhar was talking about his recent illustrations. He said, “I could only see my progress when I gathered together my work of the past few months. As it was happening, the improvements were incremental and hard to gauge.”
Incremental improvements, possibly our best-loved mantra in the world of website development. I’ve written before about how my work in technology has taught me to break down ideas, get them into the world, and learn from them quickly (without ego). 

The incremental add up.
The incremental add up.
When I feel myself reaching for the impossible—believing everything needs to be solved at the same time, for example—I bend my mind back to small incremental improvements.
I’ve done the same thing in my quest for purpose. I’ve stopped thinking I can choose a purpose and be done with it, like an excruciating shopping trip to The Meaning Store. I’ve learned that I’ll likely build purpose every day with the small incremental improvements I push out into the world, and the curiosity I bring to the response they get. 
Three Ways to Incorporate Agile Thinking Into Your Life
  1. Push yourself out of your comfort zone in a conversation. This can mean different things to different people — See #3 for details.
  2. Gauge the impact of this incremental change on yourself and your listener. What happened?
  3. Decide if the impact is something you’d like to see repeated. If so, try to replicate the experiment again.
Love, Meredith
Love, Meredith
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Concrete examples are the best kind.
"Each day I get a little better."
A letter to a man dealing with depression and anxiety.
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