Many of us make most of our decisions based on high-stakes, concrete figures. We show our best self in the numbers, measures and methods with which we want to be judged.
But the reality is that ultimately, we're not that calculating. We're not calculating our environment or our surroundings in which we live. We're more susceptible to more all-encompassing movements, emotions, experiences, and perceptions, than the equations and figures intended for us. When we do make those precise calculations, though, they often usually result in mistakes.
On a Saturday evening, I don't know why I'm telling you this, but today, I'm going to donate 10 percent of my paycheck to the Save the Children fund. I don't know why, but I want to do it. It's not a direct payment, I didn't enter a transaction ID, it's just some arbitrary thing I happen to be thinking about doing, and since I've never actually turned my current bank balance into a graphic I wanted to draw, I really can't explain it properly. So here you go.
A little detail: I'm breaking up this action into separate small actions that are easy to enter, and should not hinder me from reaching my bigger goals. To see this, picture some cartoons. Each pair of B&W-coloured appendages represents a digit so that each copy of this post reflects one line of code. Each of the lines in a B&W cartoon are filled in with your easy-to-use code.
To support Save the Children: Just use a website that uses this code. It's only a little longer than two lines. Just click the yellow '*' to go to the other side. Once you've achieved one of the lines, click the '+' to go to the next line, click '+' to go to the next pair and so on. Once you've done this, scroll to the bottom and type in "[email protected]" or "[email protected]" in either (or both) the text field or the place you input the code. If you're one of those users that hasn't yet seen that the code is really long, just highlight a line to make a dash that replaces the code in the first block.
Most of us should know by now that piecing together a numeric value in a piece of code just doesn't work. Emotionally, it's not effective. The most effective approach to tracking our life goals is to choose tools that are integrated with our mental state, that loop in our habits. That's how you'll get there.