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Practical stuff that may be of use to you, too.

A personal device usage policy in the war for your attention

When is the first time in the day that you look at your phone? When do you have your phone set to silent? When not silent, what kind of sounds does it make, and when? What do you get lock-screen notifications for? What DON’T you get lock-screen notifications for? If we don’t answer these questions for ourselves, and actively make our own decisions, someone else will decide for us.

One day, 20,000 times: the evolution of a daily routine

If I don’t spend my day today being thankful to be alive, how can I expect to ever do so? If I don’t make time and space in my day today for myself and for my friends, I won’t do so on any other day. If I don’t take a risk today, I won’t take a risk tomorrow.

Surprise bread, or, how to accept a gift

Long ago, I don’t remember when or on what occasion, I had made the resolution that anytime anybody was genuinely offering me a gift or favor that would be helpful, if it cost me little to nothing to accept it, then I would always accept.

8 best things I discovered in 2019

I always want to be discovering new things. No year should go by that I don’t have *something* to include here. Even if I don’t “accomplish” anything during the year. Moreover, I don’t know that summarizing my accomplishments or life changes is valuable to anyone at all, including myself, so instead, I’ve collected things that you can immediately check out for yourself.

The downside of staying put

Deconstructing the risk in my previous life decisions. How I view risk and opportunity cost differently than many people.

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