2020-07-08

Mantra flashcards

Mantra flashcards are flashcards that you review every day.

I find it useful to remind myself of the following things in the following broad categories each day. Underneath each gives some examples.

commitments to daily goals
  • “Remember your commitment to avoid doing X. Although it may be tempting to do X in the moment, you know on balance that it doesn’t make you happier. Imagine how disappointing it would be to break your streak. You don’t want to let future versions of you down.”

quotes that resonant with me
  • “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank
  • "You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” — Anonymous

life advice and short summaries of tools
habits I am installing
  • See a task that will take 2 minutes or less → do it now
  • Notice I have no mental picture of what the other person is saying → ask for examples


To generate ideas for your own mantra flashcards, ask yourself:

On the margin, what do I most need to be reminded of?”

Consider your biggest bottleneck, and ask how a small daily prompt could get you 1% closer to solving it. Avoid redundant mantra flashcards for personal problems you have already overcome.

Once you have created your flashcards, set a recurring weekly reminder to consider creating cards, editing cards, or taking cards out. Your mantra flashcards should change depending on your needs.

Good luck!

Appendix: Setting up Mantra flashcards in Anki


Create a deck for your mantra flashcards and open its options [cog icon -> options]
Click “Manage…” in the top-right and then “Add” and name the new options group “daily” or something.
Click on the “Reviews” and change the Maximum interval to 1 and then press “OK”.

5 Tristan Cook: Mantra flashcards Mantra flashcards are flashcards that you review every day. I find it useful to remind myself of the following things in the following broad...
< >