Florian Winkelbauer


When (Daniel H. Pink)

Chapter 1

Our cognitive abilities change over the course of a day. Even if we think that “this does not apply to us”, these forces have a greater impact than we believe. We can split a day into three mood phases:

The order in which we move through these phases depends on our chronotype. We distinguish between larks, third birds and owls.


To do better in the morning:

Chapter 2

Effective breaks:

Lunch is the most important meal of the day. Avoid the “sad desk lunch”.

Effective naps:

John Cleese on Creativity in Management

Open Mode (the creative mode)

Close Mode

We need the “open mode” to find a way and we need the “closed mode” to follow through with our plans. We are the most efficient when we switch between these two modes. The problem: We tend to get stuck in the “closed mode”.

There are conditions that make it more likely to get into the “open mode”:

Other people can help us to be more creative, but only if they make us feel good. There is no place for “No”, “I don’t like that” or “You are wrong”.

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big (Scott Adams)

Happiness Formula

Business Writing

Healthy Eating

The five healthy habits were defined as:

You Are Not So Smart Podcast

The Memory Illusion (Episode #179)

The Dunning-Kruger Effect (Episode #192)

So Good They Can’t Ignore you (Cal Newport)

“Being busy is a form of laziness - lazy thinking and indiscriminate action” - (Timothy Ferriss)

Avoid Flow. Do What Does Not Come Easy

The mistake most weak pianists make is playing, not practicing. If you walk into a music hall at a local university, you’ll hear people “playing” by running through their pieces. This is a huge mistake. Strong pianists drill the most difficult parts of their music, rarely, if ever playing through their pieces in entirety.

To Master a Skill, Master Something Harder

Strong pianists find clever ways to “complicate” the difficult parts of their music. If we have problem playing something with clarity, we complicate by playing the passage with alternating accent patterns. If we have problems with speed, we confound the rhythms.

Systematically Eliminate Weakness

Strong pianists know our weaknesses and use them to create strength. I have sharp ears, but I am not as in touch with the physical component of piano playing. So, I practice on a mute keyboard

Create Beauty, Don’t Avoid Ugliness

Weak pianists make music a reactive task, not a creative task. They start, and react to their performance, fixing problems as they go along. Strong pianists, on the other hand, have an image of what a perfect performance should be like that includes all of the relevant senses. Before we sit down, we know what the piece needs to feel, sound, and even look like in excruciating detail. In performance, weak pianists try to reactively move away from mistakes, while strong pianists move towards a perfect mental image

Deliberate Practice

Apply this through:

The Tao of Coaching (Max Landsberg)

Low SkillHigh Skill
High WillGuideDelegate
Low WillDirectExcite

Triggers (Marshall Goldsmith)

Four Stages of a Feedback Loops

Two Truths

  1. Meaningful behavioral change is very hard to do
  2. No one can make us change unless we truly want to change


The Wheel of Change

Types of Triggers

These four categories form a rectangle which can describe several types of behavior. Example: Temptation (“We want it, but don’t need it”).

Exercise: Pick a behavior goal you are pursuing. Now list all the people and situations that influence the quality of your performance. Identify and label the triggers related to your goal.

Active Questions