Why do we struggle with consistency?

In this episode we discuss how consistency in almost every domain is a super power, and come to a few conclusions about what helps us be more consistent with things like morning routines, gym workouts and writing practices.


The main concept in this episode is consistency - we discuss why it's a good thing, and try to work out what factors contribute to our own consistency (or lack thereof) in various aspects of life and creativity. A few discussion points: (1) consistency is probably the single most important predictor of 'success', (2) we're not allowed to complain about our lack of success in anything unless we've been doing it consistently for at least a year if not longer, (3) removing optionality aids consistency, (4) having a good why? aids consistency, (5) removing the concepts of motivation and inspiration from our mental space helps us accomplish more, (6) inspiration doesn't precede action, but instead, often follows it, (7) we should try to align our best interests with our own interests. 

“I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at nine every morning.” - William Faulkner 


  1. MKBHD's 100th video
  2. Casey Neistat interviews Mr Beast - $2 MILLION in 12 months, the price of Mr. Beast's success
  3. Article - Screw motivation, what you need is discipline 
  4. The War of Art - Taimur's Book Review | The book
  5. Would I Lie To You - Did Lee Mack pretend to have fallen off a ladder to avoid going to Ikea?

What is this?

Not Overthinking is a podcast about happiness, creativity, and the human condition. We talk about things to help us think, do, and be better. Things like social interaction, lifestyle design, mental models... Things that are hard to examine, but important to explore. And hopefully, things that make for a fun and interesting chat every week.

Who are we?

Ali is a junior doctor and YouTuber working in Cambridge, UK. He makes videos about medicine, technology, productivity and lifestyle design. His links: YouTube, Blog, Newsletter, Instagram

Taimur is a data scientist and writer, working at Retool, an SF-based startup. He writes on his blog and as a columnist for Medium. His links: Blog, Twitter, Medium, Instagram
Hosted by Ali and Taimur Abdaal.