Part of my Knowledge Repository.
- Definition: Slack. The absence of binding constraints on behavior.
- Many things in this world are Out to Get You. Often they are Out to Get You for a lot, usually but not always your time, attention and money.
- If you Get Got for compact amounts too often, it will add up and the constraints will bind.
- If you Get Got even once for a non-compact amount, the cost expands until the you have no Slack left. The constraints bind you.
- Those who do not value Slack soon lose it. Slack matters. Fight to keep yours!
- If those with extra resources are asked to share the whole surplus, all are poor or hide their wealth. Wealth is a burden and makes you a target. Those visibly flush rush to spend their bounty.
- Where those with free time are given extra work, all are busy or look busy. Those with copious free time seek out relatively painless time sinks they can point to.
- When looking happy means you deal with everything unpleasant, no one looks happy for long.
- Things are bad enough when those with Slack are expected to sacrifice for others. Things are much worse when the presence of Slack is viewed as a defection.
- Make sure that under normal conditions you have Slack. Value it. Guard it. Spend it only when Worth It. If you lose it, fight to get it back. This provides motivation for fighting things Out To Get You, lest you let them eat your Slack.
- Make sure to run a diagnostic test every so often to make sure you’re not running dangerously low, and to engineer your situation to force yourself to have Slack.
- Also respect the Slack of others. Help them value and guard it. Do not spend it lightly.
How I’m applying this
Constantly making slack in my life is a very important aspect of managing my mood and productivity. I am always seeking to ensure I don’t overcommit to responsibilities so that I have enough energy to commit to my long-term goals and current priorities.