Seth’s Blog: The flip is elusive

Source: Seth’s Blog: The flip is elusive

The flip is elusive or why don’t we do smarter things in the face of evidence. Look… your Gucci t-shirt isn’t better than a $10 Hanes from Costco. But you buy it anyway. And I paid $800 for an iPhone 6 when I knew that a $300 Android is 90% as good. Things change and people don’t.

Don’t believe me? Try working in tech. Emailing Excel files and Word docs around for collaboration is still the king even though everyone knows this is a terrible, time-wasting idea. There are better tools out there and yet inevitably on the eve of some deadline someone emails (ugh!) a Word doc (ew!) around “with change-tracking on and I will take care of the revisions”. You know it’s broken as you do it… but you do it anyway.

It’s like smoking – you know it causes cancer and it will kill you but what the heck, it’s what you know how to do. Trust me, put the email/Excel/Word down and go find the better tool; your sanity and productivity will thank you.

The disco hypothesis and social jet lag

I recommend reading the full article on sleep at It has some fascinating points to make among them:

  1. We know everyone has different genetics but we assume everyone needs the same amount of sleep *and* that some specific time is the right time to wake up.
  2. “there is a great disconnect between teenagers’ biological abilities and our social expectations of them, encapsulated in what is known as the disco hypothesis — the notion that if only teens would go to bed earlier, meaning not party until late, they’d be better able to wake up clear-headed and ready for school at the expected time” whereas the data shows otherwise.
  3. Daylight Savings Time sucks… well at least doing a time change sucks… it can take up to four weeks for the body to truly adjust.

There is also mention of a Danish school prototype in which the school was assumed to be a service for the students; the students could show up when they wanted to. The results from the study weren’t shared but how fascinating – let kids learn on their own. This has echos with the #remote-work movement in which people work where they want to and to some extent on relaxed schedules.

Don’t let the streams cross