[Link] Data Science as an atomic habit – Malcolm Barrett

Malcolm Barrett has practical ideas for anyone interested in a data science career, inspired from James Clear’s book  Atomic Habits.

So what would an atomic habit for becoming a data scientist look like? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Open RStudio and type “Good morning, R” into the console. That’s it. Seriously.
  2. Write code for 5 minutes
  3. Use one new function. Reading the help page counts.
  4. Make a single commit on git.

Stacking these habits might look something like: “Every morning after I make coffee, I’ll write code for five minutes.”

The 7 Day Habit Challenge [NYT]

“The friction you set up or remove in the environment is going to have an effect long after you’ve gotten discouraged and are less excited about the new behavior,” said Wendy Wood, a research psychologist at the University of Southern California and author of “Good Habits, Bad Habits.” “That’s why friction is so powerful. It persists.”





On Learning habits

I’m sure I’m not alone in doing this.

Something catches my attention, & I want to learn more about it.
I immediately jump to the resources that seem to appeal to me.
I try to do it.
I fail.
I give up.
Ad infinitum.

I think there’s a word for it: dilettante. A pejorative.

Occasionally, something sticks with me long enough that I learn the basics well enough that they become habits. “know enough to be dangerous”.

On a quest now to figure out, mid-life, what motivates me to want to learn something new, and how to learn about it so it sticks.