An inventory of self-improvement methods that I've kept up for more than a year.
(as of Nov 2018, starting with the longest)
- Turn on your headlights every time you start the car
- Don't journal your introspections
- Put your alarm away from your bed
- Every 3 months collect your income statements and itemize them
- Daily 30-min breath-monitoring meditation
- Meditation calendar: cross off every day you meditate
- Every 15 days categorize your expenses on Mint
- Put receipts for grocery purchases and leftovers on your fridge and then cross off items you eat
- Write an x in your phone for every drink you plan on having that night, then delete an x for every drink you have
- Timed stretching: use an Apple Watch to set 18-sec timers for stretches
- Lazy stretching: do as many stretches standing up as you feel like, then do the same on the mat
- Set a 1-min. timer for brushing your teeth at night
- High-rep weight-lifting: do 20-plus reps until tired or failure per muscle group
- Only wash armpits, groin, and feet in the shower
- Use an Echo Show to reach out to loved ones who aren't good with phones
- Daily 15-min auto-meditation: do activities, such as using the sauna, that feel like meditations
 Certain timers can only be practical if they're extremely easy-to-use.
 Timers are more effective at compliance than counting in your head or estimating a length of time.
- Charge your phone away from your bed when you sleep — Great for getting yourself out of bed, but phones are also good for distracting away from over-introspection
- Hold your razor loose to prevent knicks — I use an electric now
- Take the first two numbers of your monthly spending and convert all purchases into those units — It made me penny-wise, pound-foolish
- Drink a maximum of 1 drink per day
Definition of method
method: a neologism for any mantra, system, shortcut, life-hack, or idea that you repeat in your head in order to bring about a desired behavior.
method abuse: when you repeat a method so much that it does more harm than good.