Iron clothing starting with the portion of the article of clothing where the quality of being wrinkle-free is least important, and finish with the portion where neatness is most important.
Choose a day to wash all laundry, The weekend works well. I do it on Sunday.
Iron your clothes after they're washed and before they're dried.
Wash two loads: colors and whites.
Iron all clothing in one session.
Using a stopwatch, find out how long it takes to iron a shirt. For all subsequent shirts, set a timer for the amount of time it takes you to iron a shirt and do it faster.
After you've finished ironing an article of clothing, hang it with the hook facing to the left. For shirts, button the top and 3rd buttons.
If you work 5 days per week, iron 5 shirts and 5 pairs of pants. Hang all items and arrange them in chronological order in your closet, with Monday on the far left and Friday on the far right. Because the hanger is oriented consistently, looking at all your shirts and pants from the front means that the most temporally close outfit is closest to you, and the most temporally distant outfit is farthest away.
Set out 5 pairs of socks and underwear in chronological order.
This is the most efficient way I know of to prepare your clothing.
I have heard that people can mentally keep track of 4-7 things at one time. What these “things” are is often poorly defined, undefined, or incorrectly defined.
This concept is most applicable to the individual as pertaining to the levels of objectives that a person holds in his or her attention at any given moment.
At work, my mind could be aware of all of the following at one time:
The order in which these are listed is usually the order in which my current state prioritizes them.
Postmortem Google Accounts
Today I accessed my Google Account settings for the first time in recent memory.
Today I gave one person the ability to download all of Google's Data about me if ever I don’t log in for 18 months. As I live now, 18 months indicates my death.
Google recorded 10k+ searches performed by me. Only I have access to them now.
To give someone Google's data on me is equivalent to giving that person everything known about me.
I'm starting the timer now.
Update: Yesterday morning my stool dyed the toilet water pink, but the color wasn't very strong. I didn't finish the whole 3 beets; I probably only ate 1 in it's entirety. This would indicate that food takes about 1 day to pass through my body, which seems short. I will repeat this experiment in the future and be sure to cram more of those delicious red roots into my belly in a shorter period of time.
"Flow” refers to the ability of a rap vocalist to deliver auditorily and intellectually compelling lyrics.
Partial list of Flow’s components :
Get everything out of your head and into the world.
I recently began the habit of meditation. I had neither practiced it before nor learned anything about it, so I came up with my own 3 step process to follow:
I chatted with Ari, who practices meditation daily and has done so habitually for some time. He suggested that the first 2 are appropriate for meditation, but not the third.
That is when I learned a new concept: That of the distinction between meditation and manifestation. Manifestation is equivalent to a term I am more familiar with: Visualization.
Meditation : Present :: Manifestation : Future
Numerical Measurement : Spreadsheet :: Subjective Measurement : Journal
This has to do with the first type.
1. Define what you are measuring. [Examples: Physical ability, finances, habits, diet]
See note on example spreadsheet.
Not all time spent with others is eqally valuable.
The value of your time spent with others falls on a wide spectrum. Here I'm talking about value in terms of value to each person, the value of the relationship, and the value to each person's life outside of the relationship with the other person.
At one extreme end of the spectrum are activities which are detrimental to both people, and which the people encourage or support each other to engage in (see: codependency). An extreme example would be two alcoholics who drink together, each of whom helps the other one justify his self-destructive habit. A less extreme example would be two people who like to complain to one another and make excuses about their failures in different areas, each one absolving the other one of responsibility for problems in his or her life.
On the low end of the spectrum of value are activities which are not harmful, but are generally a waste of a time. Watching TV, playing video games, or engaging in other time-wasting activities might strengthen a relationship to some degree by virtue of the rapport and trust built by enjoying the activity together, but nothing of value to anyone else comes of it.
Higher up in the spectrum is conversation. Getting to know another person on a level deeper than the superficial is valuable to both people. Conversations like this usually involve people’s plans, their ideas, their motivations, and their values. This is valuable to both people because a) each participant is exposed to ideas and concepts they weren't previously aware of, b) each person can more fully develop and examine their own thoughts when they expose them to another person’s perspective, c) trust and understanding are built in great strides when people connect on this level, and d) when discussing plans or dreams, each person can try to find ways to help the other person achieve their goals or bring their plans to fruition.
The following article was written by my friend James Becker. He is not only knowledgeable about music, but about the process that goes into creating music from nothing.
1. Don't Limit Yourself
The more boundaries you perceive or create (oftentimes the difference between these two is minimal) between you and your creative goals, the less your creative energy will be allowed to flow freely. Your self-expression will be hampered. Don't limit yourself in your methods, and don't limit yourself in your approach (scope is a wholly different matter—for another article).
If visual art is your thing, try a new medium entirely: put away the brush and bring out the crayons. Visit an art museum that doesn't fall into your typical inspirational aesthetic. Music? Study the sounds of something outside your preferred genre.