Sunday Coffee ☕️ #0007

August 9, 2020

Good morning!

This week, I was playing an RPG game called The Outer Worlds. The story is really funny, a take on how capitalism owns our lives and convinces us to toil away to earn an unfulfilled existence.

Anyway, I was going through the character upgrade screen and I just couldn't stop thinking this thought - Life is a RPG video game.

If you think about it, in life

  • You’re the player. You can only control your actions directly.
  • You have a physical health bar, mental health bar, skills bar, status bar and a few others
  • There are objectives to achieve, missions to complete, side quests to optionally embark upon
  • Your past decisions affect your future path, there’s a complex infinitely branching out decision tree
  • There are skill trees to unlock, upgrade, and master
  • Everyone else around you is a NPC (non-playable character). You can’t control their actions, but you can influence them indirectly through your actions.
  • The game ends when you die

You must be thinking - “Life sounds exactly like a RPG video game. How did I never think of it this way before?”

I know right!

Anyway, I wrote my thoughts on how to use and apply "Life is a video game" as a mental model that can help you get where you want to go. Give it a read and share your thoughts :)

👉 Mental model: Life is a RPG video game

That's not all.

This week, I also created weekly & monthly habit tracker templates using Google Sheets.

Why I built this:

  • I didn't like existing habit tracker apps
  • I completely own the data on this one
  • I can visualise progress easily over time
  • It's simple enough so that sophistication doesn't get in the way of what's important - performing and tracking habits

​👉 Weekly & Monthly Habit Tracker app

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Phew! That's all for this week.

As always, if you have any thoughts, reply to this email and let me know.


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