2020-07-17

The No-Miracle Question

I’m a fan of the Miracle Question

Imagine that there’s a miracle overnight, and you wake up tomorrow morning to find that your problem has magically disappeared. What is the very first thing you encounter that is evidence of the change?

Along the same lines, here is the No-Miracle Question (NMQ), a prompt for finding bugs (something that systematically goes wrong in your life).

Imagine that there’s no miracle overnight, and you wake up tomorrow as per normal. What is the very first thing you encounter that is evidence of a problem in your life?

By repeatedly solving the problem the NMQ suggests, you’ll eventually end up with a much better bug-free morning.

Morning routines are important and great to get nailed down. For my morning routine, I make the distinction between planning particular tasks (do X, Y and Z) and avoiding behaviours (don’t do X, Y or Z) useful. Using the NMQ will help with the latter.

Perhaps superstitiously, I feel like a day will go badly if I make a bad decision shortly after waking up, such as snoozing my alarm or spending too much time on my phone in bed. Things like waking up tired or dehydrated are also evidence of bugs. I’m planning to ask the NMQ and make one change each day.
5 Tristan Cook: The No-Miracle Question I’m a fan of the Miracle Question Imagine that there’s a miracle overnight, and you wake up tomorrow morning to find that your problem has m...
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