Welcome to Optimalism

I’m Kit Anderson, productivity geek, entrepreneur, father of three (startups, that is), and soon-to-be the first self-made trillionaire (haha just kidding… but maybe?). This is my website where I write about my efforts to lead a productive life, the OPTIMAL life.

DynaVR Paul, Killed in His Labyrinth

The other day, I went down to one of my favorite joints in town, the “Rest ‘N’ Vest Cafe”. They offer a unique system where you can pay for your order using equity in your startup, in line with a recent investing trend known as “microcapital” that the proprietor is a proponent of. You may end up giving away ten thousand coffees for free, he says, but it’s all worth it for the one that ends up bringing in a million bucks....

April 5, 2023 · 1943 words · Kit Anderson

How I Used A Shock Collar To Quit Twitter

A lot of coworkers on Zoom have been asking me lately: “What’s that thing around your neck?” No, it’s actually NOT a fetish thing (sorry Mark and Esther - believe me I wouldn’t hesitate to join you guys if I was into that stuff!), it’s a new productivity hack I’ve been deploying lately with tremendous results. As you may be aware, I follow the productivity community quite closely and there’s certainly been a lot of incredible innovation within the space lately, a particular favorite being Simon Berens’ strategy of paying women off Craigslist to sit behind him to keep him accountable while he worked from home....

March 29, 2023 · 915 words · Kit Anderson

Using GPT-4 To Turbocharge My Tinder Game

Now that AI text generation has gotten so good, a lot of new possibilities for automation have finally opened up wherever natural language responses are required. Tinder especially has been a thorn in my side for a long time because it’s such a time sink, coming up with clever responses all for a miniscule chance of actually ever meeting up in person. It’s all a numbers game after all, so wouldn’t it be great if there was some way to take out all that legwork?...

March 25, 2023 · 846 words · Kit Anderson