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The book Atomic Habits introduced me to the 1% rule, making marginal improvements over the long haul. If you were to get get 1% better a day, that’s 37.78% improvement over a year. Small, consistent progress can have big gains in the long term.

From what I’ve seen, humans are pretty bad at looking at the long term. The pains of the short term outweighing the gains of long-term thinking. The 1% rule shows that it doesn’t take much short term pain, to get long-term successes.

When I’m working with teachers, I try to focus in on the short term. What little thing can you do now. With educational technology it is impossible to implement everything at once. Focus on something small, get comfortable with it, and then move on. And consistently show up.

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