Bryan Caplan explains how to attain your ultimate goals through backwards induction using the example of Darth Sidious. This is probably the most useful way of thinking about goals I’ve ever read. What do you want, and when do you want it? Once you’ve figured that out, work your way back to today, figuring out the steps required to get there. Sounds simple, but I’ve never thought about it that concretely.

Needless to say, my project for this week is to figure out my goal, when I expect to attain it, and then what I need to be doing right now to attain that goal. Unfortunately, the odds of my posting the results here are low.