So I was reading http://zenhabits.net/writer/ by minimalist blogger Leo Babauta and he mentioned Sett. I clicked the link, watched the short video and before it even finished I clicked the button that said create my blog. And it was created, with only one click. Plus they gave it a name, it was called "The Miniature Armadillo". Great. So here I am with a new blog and kind of the same story that everyone has.
I have another blog on blogspot http://heronmind.blogspot.de/. Its name is Heronmind and was my attempt at creating a blog about minimalism and productivity. Sadly I never gained any audience and after about a year it now sits at 2200 views... and that's not per day, week or even month. That's the total number of views and about half of them are mine. So here's to a new start.
With my last blog I spent quite some time designing it and so on. I won't do this for this one. Instead I will focus on writing quality posts that are informative and entertaining.
What you can expect from this blog:
Surely you have a list of good habits that you want to get into. Here's mine:
It's hard and we've all failed at habits and it's very discouraging. But we also know that good habits are important for everything long run: health, happiness, career.
One key to succeeding at habits is to set up your environment to help you. Place tools and reminders for your habits in places you see every day. Make it super difficult for you to "forget" (it's funny how often we forget things that take effort, isn't it?). The more the better. A supportive environment makes it that much more likely that you'll succeed.
But if you do it wrong it can make it almost impossible. For example having chocolate bars smiling at you whenever you open the fridge will make losing weight extremely hard.
There's a huge difference between being rationally convinced of something and actually feeling that way.
Let's take an example from physics: Everything consists of impossibly small atoms. Together they appear as "solid", though they're just sticky dots. The cup of coffee on your desk next to you? Lots and lots of tiny sticky atoms. It's hard to wrap your mind around that and almost impossible to truly feel that way about your cup. Your mind can know the truth but intuitively the cup is still a cup to you, a solid thing.
It's the same with many theoretical concepts that are foreign to our daily experiences or with philosophical ideas. Or maybe religion, just the other way around. You may feel that it's true, but your rational mind struggles with it and demands evidence.
The example I want to talk about more is minimalism. I'm rationally convinced of minimalism. I know that more stuff doesn't truly make me happier in the long run. I also know roughly how advertising works.
Good reasons to comment:
Bad reasons to comment:
The internet and our lives in general are full of strangers. Most people we see and hear every day, or read posts/comments from we will never see again. Once they're out of sight our lives are separated and will likely not touch again.
We can just walk away. We always have the option to disengage, especially on the internet, by just going to another site. Yet I see so many hateful comments and arguments between people that have never seen and will never see each other in real life. Both parties could walk away, yet they stay and become angrier and angrier. It is meaningless because obviously neither party will concede to the other and truly change their views.
Next time you feel like flipping out on someone on the internet, or even in real life, remind yourself that you won't see this person again. If he/she was in fact spiteful and truly wished to annoy or hurt you he/she will only be more successful if you keep dwelling on it. The best thing you can do is forget about it and walk away.
Can you or others get hurt physically? If yes, don't do it.
Could you damage an important relationship? If yes, cool down emotionally and think it through.
Could you lose money? If yes, think about it at least some more time and with a clear head. Ask a friend for advice.
Anything else? Go for it. You'll be OK.
Do you find yourself constantly switching from task to task?
It happens a lot to me. I'm doing something, then I suddenly start to worry about something else and think that I should do that instead. And when I switch to that it happens again. This continues and my switching gets more rapid until I finally stop, stressed out.
Here's a plan:
1. Make a list of things you want to do
2. Think about a good order (hardest first if you're motivated enough)