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Long-Lasting Self-Improvement Methods

An inventory of self-improvement methods that I've kept up for more than a year.

Active methods

(as of Nov 2018)






[1] Certain timers can only be practical if they're extremely easy-to-use.

[2] Timers are more effective at compliance than counting in your head or estimating a length of time.

Inactive methods

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.

Methods are like programs you run in your brain. They operate much like daemons, which are continuously running programs, like servers.

Habits vs. methods

Habits aren't the same as methods. For example, I have a habit of organizing my bed every day. Even though I don't want to, most of the time, I nudge myself to do it every day, and it happens that I make my bed every day. I have no rule that I need to do it; it's just that it bothers me when I see it messy. Habits are natural and self-renewing, whereas a method occurs when you have to make a conscious and deliberate effort to renew the practice, otherwise the method will fade.