A structural fix is something that you pay for up-front and which then continues to serve your life with zero or little in the way of ongoing maintenance costs.
Some examples, feel free to add more:
-If your computer is swapping (you hear the hard drive churning) during normal usage, get more RAM! Getting an SSD hard drive is also a good idea. Swapping out to disk is like sending a sailboat across the Atlantic to fetch your stuff, whereas RAM is like getting it from your pocket.
-Buy everything you can find that can optimize your sleep. Some ideas: blackout curtains for your sleeping quarters, Zeo device, supplements known to aid sleep (melatonin, zinc, stuff like that), Philips Golite, earthing mat, etc.
-Get a good digital scale with bodyfat measurements and all that jazz. Make a habit to enter it into a suitable tracking tool. Hacker's Diet is good for weight. Even better if it auto-tracks the data for you.
Taking in a bunch of info is fun and great, whether it's from blogs, podcasts, audiobooks, whatever.
Link: http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/j/james/william/talks/chapter8.html (found it via http://everydaysystems.com/)
All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits,— practical, emotional, and intellectual,— systematically organized for our weal or woe, and bearing us irresistibly toward our destiny, whatever the latter may be.
Habit is thus a second nature, or rather, as the Duke of Wellington said, it is ‘ten times nature,’
Voice 1 tells me to go for the stars. Voice 2 tells me I'm not good enough.
Voice 1 speaks of unbreakable self-worth. Voice 2 is a fickle status whore.
Something I've been wanting to do is to put together a proper morning routine. I want to field test a bunch of things to see what works for me.
This guy has some cool ideas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PliFBr__T7Y
Jason Shen takes cold showers every moning.
What are you guys doing currently? What's some cool ideas?
I'm going to start working out and eating right, I just need to read all these websites on training & nutrition first.
I'm going to work on my coding project, I just need to close down all these tabs first.
I'm going to call my dad more, I just need less stress in my life first.
I'm going to approach more women, I just need to read more about inner game first.
I'm going to study for my exam, I just need to reorganize my desk first.
This article is brilliant and should be read by all: bookofhook.blogspot.com/2013/03/smart-guy-productivity-pitfalls.html
Then, read these:
It may seem obvious that you should try to lift up your friends, but are you LIVING it every day?
Are you sometimes being a crypto-crab because you can't stand the ego blow of your friends rising up in life?
Are you 100% always cheering your friends on to achieve more? Are you actively helping them find opportunities? Are you being ever-vigilant in pointing out their follies and mistakes? Would you never for a second entertain the thought of letting your friends stagnate at a comfortable level?
Selfishness is often a good motivator in life, so what is a selfish reason to help your friends?
Remember the old adage that you are the average of your 5 closest friends?
1. Trust yourself
2. Break the rules
3. Don't be afraid to fail
4. Ignore the naysayers
5. Work your butt off
You probably get a lot of cool ideas, thoughts that juice you up and feel Just Right for you and your circumstance. I am willing to bet you typically write down the idea, talk about it with friends, think about it for a few days, then.... nothing. You forget about it or it loses its lustre. You move on. You probably have a mental shelf full of never-wases and could-have-beens, ideas that sparkled for a short while but never made it.
The idea is a seed. You need to plant it and germinate it before it's too late. If you don't - if you leave the seed on the shelf - it will start to lose its life and take rot. An idea not acted upon will seem dull two weeks later.
Whenever you feel juiced up by a brilliant new idea, immediately open a text file and dump everything you can think.of pertaining to that idea. Pack that initial inspiration into solid ground.
Paradoxically, this will rob you of that initial juice. You will feel "meh" about the idea for a little while. BUT... and this is big, you now have germinated the seed and over the coming weeks you will notice it growing. You will receive more and more inspiration and follow-on ideas and your text file will fill up. People will start suggesting things you could add.
This is when you go public with your idea and start saying self-concept building things like "I am currently writing a book / programming an app / starting a blog / etc". Because it will be true then, and it will fuel you.