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Want chips with that?

Every Thursday I share three useful things to help you turn overthinking into expert thinking. Here are this week’s picks:


As an American living in England, the subtle differences in the meanings of words can often lead me astray.

“Would you like chips with that?”

Do they mean American chips or British chips?

As I shared in a recent newsletter, the implications of slight misunderstandings might be greater than we think. So, what happens when this sort of confusion occurs at scale?

I explored one such example recently in a tale of two NLPs. Both have dangers, but in different ways.

This matters because we can’t begin to address those concerns until we understand what we’re talking about. And what we’re not talking about.

It's only then that we can start a meaningful discussion about how to move forward.


From Sketchplanations, on thinking about checklists a little more deeply:


“This is why I'm such an enthusiastic proponent of keeping a ‘done list’, which starts empty, first thing in the morning, and which you then gradually fill with whatever you accomplish through the day.”

What if you're already on top of things?

— thoughts from Oliver Burkeman, author of Four Thousand Weeks and other great books

Extra thoughts…

Misunderstandings of meaning reminded of a great podcast called Cautionary Tales — stories of human errors, avoidable catastrophes and more. It'll terrify you, but also make you wiser. Here's a good one to start with.

Related to rethinking lists, what if your to-do list was more like a menu? Or something else?

For example, I use a Rocketbook throughout my week. Every Monday I start with nothing and the pages fill themselves with all the notes and little lists as the days go by. Sometimes I transfer the words elsewhere. Sometimes I simply erase the page…it's often the act of writing that was needed, not the act of remembering or keeping. Regardless, the lists have served a purpose and it all gets washed away by Friday.

What if your to-do list was more like the tide?

What is your to-do list like? What do you wish it were like? I'd love to know.

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Kim Witten, PhD - Coach, Consultant, Writer, Designer

Hello! My name is Kim Witten and I’ve spent four decades overthinking absolutely everything. I’ve turned this ability into a super skill to get stuff done and now my mission is to help others do the same. Read more about my journey

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