The Reitoff Principle

Hey Friends,

As you might know, I’m a big fan of productivity, consistency and discipline. Often however, I find myself in a place where I can’t fully enjoy myself because I have a certain guilt hanging over me that I should be doing something ‘productive’ instead.

I call it the Reitoff Principle.

What is the Reitoff Principle

The Reitoff Principle is something where if you are in a slump or really don't want to do a particular task you can "reit the rest of the day off".

Applying the Reitoff Principle

When following a diet, often people will schedule a cheat day where they can eat whatever they want. This makes it easier to follow the diet on every other day - you’ve got the cheat day to defer your trashy food to.

The Reitoff Principle should work the same way. From now on, I’ll be more intentional about which days are going to be Reitoff days and which are going to be normal (hopefully productive) days. Say for instance if I get home from school and we get a lot of homework and I am quite tired instead of doing something productive I will just be a wasteman guilt free.

But that’s why I love trying out new methods for hacking my brain - these all work towards the timeless goal of being able to act in our long-term interests while also enjoying ourselves.

I’m not sure if this will even work. Even as a self-professed productivity guru, I struggle with motivation, discipline and consistency from time-to-time.

I hope this unnecessary and pretentiously named Reitoff Principle works. Maybe you can try it out too and let me know how it goes.

Have a great week!


My Favourite Things This Week

  1. Studying - As you may or may not know exam season is one of my favourite times of the year and you might be wondering why is that? Well you see I like it very much because the weather is excellent and you can have short bursts of productive sessions and have fun so as they say it's a win-win.
  2. Freedom - This week as I was not in school I got to do work in my own time without any deadlines which was a really nice experience.

Quote of The Week

There's no point climbing a ladder if the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.