Week 23 of 2017, 2nd post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)
I’ve been thinking about a good way to live, a way that would allow a human like me to stay healthy as long as it’s possible, to stay a good learner of new things. Below is what I’ve figured out.
exercising the body;
exercising the brain (try to get job at something that is not a physical labor. You should have one main hobby and also from time to time to try out new things);
discipline, strategy and tactics, habit management;
scheduling and work ethics;
be up during a day, get up early every day around 6-7am, try not to stay up late, have a decent daily schedule;
no bad habits such as drinking alcohol, smoking, TV, arguing about the politics, wasting time in endless games etc;
be in touch with people, share ideas;
the best lifestyle to live: traveling around for a while, seeing different countries and places then settling down at one nice place.
the idea education would include: in addition to learning some history, getting experience with different philosophical systems, learning some foreign languages, some math, technical stuff (CS, programming), getting basic art skills, getting some practical skill to help in the household (fixing phones, technic, cooking, electrical work etc).
The number one aspect is that a body has to exercise. Many nerds (like me) or just lazy people (link me) totally ignore this and would rather play games, read books, watch TV or do other activities. But it’s a common sense that to stay productive, healthy a human needs some physical exercise. Different people like different things, I really like walking, but I feel that unless I walk for more than an hour during a day, I’d still need something else as well. Theoretically, I’d like to try out running, to give it a second chance or to start with swimming to see how it goes. During days of inactivity (I’d not want to run or swim every day) I should stick with squads.
As many people ignore the physical exercise, maybe even more avoid exercising the brain. In a lot of cases a person might say that he gets to crack hard problems at work if he has some kind of job that require learning and applying new things. And that’s really awesome, but in my opinion that’s not enough. Unless you’re busy all the time with the job, it might be nice for self-development to try out different little hobbies from time to time and to have a one relatively constant side hobby to spend time on. Pragmatically, it should be something different from what you do at work to help you develop different skills. I’ve been playing with learning languages so far. I want to get to b2 level in Spanish, trying to give it bits of practice every day. Chess or music or drawing or electronics might work as well.
To start and finish anything you want, it’s important to be disciplined (the tactical component) and work on planning activity (the strategical component). Some guy once mentioned that planning and working towards a goal is worth little if you’re not patient enough to finish it. Plans should be flexible to changes if necessary. It’s hard to plan everything immidiately perfect. Doing so, in a lot of ways boils down to good habit management, when you just make something you want to learn a habit.
Good work scheduling and work ethic is another crucial aspect. Being a freelancer, I’m able to understand it really well, how it’s vital to be able to plan your work days even when you don’t have to appear at an office every day or be hit with a stick hard when you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be finishing. So, it’s really great to establish good work scheduling. Don’t be an asshole. So many people abandon projects, don’t give feedback, sometimes just disappear. As for myself, I’d like to be someone nice to deal with.
Daily schedule. For few years I had the chance to be up during the nigths and from that perspective I can see now how much is sucks. I lost a lot of time, was tired, wasn’t able to go out normally etc. To me, the best schedule is to get up at 6-7am and to go to bed early.
Good food. I’ve had chance growing up to eat at fast food places, and I can tell now from the experience, there’s nothing better than good restraunt food or home-cooked food if you don’t have that much money to spend on eating out.
No bad habits. There’re a variety of horrible, weird rituals people have. I don’t want to critisize others, but as for me, I should stay away from having bad habits such as drinking, smoking, TV, arguing about politics, spending too much time in computer games.
Be connected to nice people. In my case, I’m subscribed to a bunch of blogs, where sometimes I can see posts about life, to see the perspective of other people, many of which have lots of things I could potentially benefit from and improve the quality of life. Also, I like to read autobiographies from time to time for the same reason.