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April 10, 2020

Quarantine — Day 22

Implementation Intention

This post is part of an ongoing series in which I document my journey through the COVID-19 quarantine. See Day 1 for full context.

Quick update

Another day spent writing open source. I’ve been digging into OSX automation which has been fun so far. Building a CLI for the Reminders app has been a bit more challenging than expect, there’s little to no documentation online. Making good progress building my first Nodejs/TypeScript wrapper to interact with the app.

I learned something very valuable today from my book “Before you know it”, by John Bargh. It’s called Implementation Intention and it’s a powerful technique to reach those difficult goals that would normally require a lot of self-discipline and/or self-control. It states that if you have a clear plan for a goal which involves specific time and place, you’ll be more likely to accomplish it. The reason is because the unconscious reacts to external factors such as the place you’re in, the weather, the colors, smelling, etc. So, it’s different to say “I’ll cook something new today” than saying “After stepping out of the office at noon, I’ll get to the kitchen, open my laptop, play the YouTube video, get the vegetables out and fire up the pan”. That’s an implementation plan right there, it involves place (office, kitchen) and time (at noon).

I’ll start working on this, see how that goes.

Data Report


  • Avoid news: Yes
  • Write blog: No
  • Personal growth: No
  • Wake up 5:00 am: No
  • Workout: No
  • Help someone: Yes
  • Time wasted < 90 mins: Yes


  • Spent: 17 USD
  • Stocks Portfolio (24h): -0.02%
  • Stocks Portfolio (All time): +7.93%
  • Cryptofolio (24h): -7.4%
  • Cryptofolio (All time): +50.89%

Stay tuned.


I'm Carlos Roso. I'm a Software Engineer and digital nomad at Toptal. Previously Software Architect at Crossover. In love with open source and design.

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