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10 Ideas for a Better Life

Not to be mistaken for “how to live a good life.” I am not equipped to define what a Good Life even is, let alone dispense any type of advice for getting there. Simply put, these are personal rules for improving life incrementally.

Progress is made by accumulation, not random bursts.

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The Idea Series – Week 7

#NaNoWriMo is wreaking havoc on my life. For three days in a row I wrote nearly four thousands words every day. When I close my eyes I see my keyboard and an empty page. All I smell anymore is Starbucks.

So doing these lists has now turned, perversely, into some kind of respite from the madness. A daily meditation. A thought exercise that is somehow less work than everything else I’ve been doing.

Let’s see what that looks like.

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The Idea Series: Week 6

#NaNoWriMo18 has started, and I’ve spent the majority of my past two days at a keyboard typing. In this time, I’ve written almost eight thousand words. My fingertips feel like they should be bleeding, but thankfully most of a lifetime of this behavior has hardened them to such trauma. If only the same could be said for my mind!

Anyway, let’s jump in.

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The Idea Series: Week 5

No preamble this week; let’s dive in.

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10 of the Best Things that Happened to Me

It’s good to reflect on your life and single out the events that have had large, net positive impacts. When you focus on the things for which you’re thankful, it’s like drawing from a bottomless well of happiness. This is an entirely personal exercise, so feel free to skip past.

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The Idea Series: Week 4

This week, I lost the Old Blog. Let this be two lessons: a) make backups of your work; b) you don’t have a backup until you’ve tested it. I had to re-create the entire blog, this time opting for WordPress, and I had to do some deep digging to find copies of several posts totaling several thousand words written. But I did find them!

Anyway, let’s get to the Ideas.

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The Idea Series: Week 3

I don’t know what happened to the week. Just yesterday it was Tuesday and I just finished writing down my ideas for the ninth. Now it’s the fifteenth? It went by so fast! At this rate, I’ll be done in no time!

(This is something I’ve said to myself almost every Friday since I can remember.)

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The Idea Series: Week 2

I called it. Day One I had over twenty ideas and felt like I could go forever. Almost every day this week has been difficult. Each day I thought, “Should I just try to come up with the same kinds of ideas? What Idea Themes do I pick? How do I pick them?”

Which I guess is kind of the whole point of this exercise.

But I prevailed, and here are seven more days of ideas.

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10 Ways to Be More Happy

We all have our down days. I think it’s important to acknowledge them when they happen. Don’t deny the feelings. Give them their names, give them space, and deal with them. It’s difficult. But it’s necessary.

This day was one of those days for me, so my ideas for the day were centered on ways to give long-term benefits to my overall mood.

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The Idea Series: Week 1

The purpose of this project is not necessarily to generate all good ideas. Just ideas. As time progresses, maybe the quality will rise.

Additionally, each day doesn’t have to be simply business or app ideas. Each day could have its own theme, as we’ll soon see.

So, let’s begin!

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