Author Topic: Actions / Habits / Practices with outsized rewards?  (Read 7056 times)

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Re: Actions / Habits / Practices with outsized rewards?
« Reply #50 on: April 08, 2018, 01:04:00 PM »
Not 100% sure to what extent it belongs to this thread, but one of the small things I do is whenever I take a train during sunrise/sunset, sit at the window at the sunset/rise side to watch it. It usually brightens my day (literally) and makes me feel a grateful and lucky person.

Another one is taking the time to get outside for a walk whenever I see a pretty sunset happening from my window.

I'm not even that much of a sunset geek, it's just that it's one of those pretty things in life that gets highlighted when traveling all the time, but gets neglected too much during "daily life" in my opinion. That way, consciously appreciating beautiful sunsets is my way of resetting my mind to a state of happiness and joy, not matter what happened the rest of the day/week.

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Re: Actions / Habits / Practices with outsized rewards?
« Reply #51 on: April 08, 2018, 08:08:44 PM »
(1) Another meditator here. Makes a big difference in my outlook, energy, ability to stay cool. If you are new to it, I suggest trying out a few meditation groups near you to get in-person instruction and to get a feel for different styles/traditions. Different styles suit different people.

Dan Harris gives some good advice about meditation for the skeptical: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/busting-the-myths-of-meditation-with-dan-harris/

Obviously you will meditate alone most of the time, but I recommend having a group to meditate with from time to time. You make new (chill) friends and by sitting with a group you will practice with more care (less wriggling about, more sitting the full time period, and not having to fuss over the timer). Sort of like being on a sports team helps you get in better shape, except these teammates are very quiet.

(2) Growing and drying/freezing your most commonly used culinary herbs. Saves a ton of money.
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Re: Actions / Habits / Practices with outsized rewards?
« Reply #52 on: April 09, 2018, 01:07:53 AM »
Not 100% sure to what extent it belongs to this thread, but one of the small things I do is whenever I take a train during sunrise/sunset, sit at the window at the sunset/rise side to watch it. It usually brightens my day (literally) and makes me feel a grateful and lucky person.

Another one is taking the time to get outside for a walk whenever I see a pretty sunset happening from my window.

I'm not even that much of a sunset geek, it's just that it's one of those pretty things in life that gets highlighted when traveling all the time, but gets neglected too much during "daily life" in my opinion. That way, consciously appreciating beautiful sunsets is my way of resetting my mind to a state of happiness and joy, not matter what happened the rest of the day/week.

When I used to travel by train I also used to appreciate the sunrises from the window a lot.

It is not a bad idea to go outside every time you see nice weather or a nice sunset. I should be getting better at it. I seldom take a little walk int the neighbourhood without having a specific purpose. But nice weather can be enough good purpose.

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Re: Actions / Habits / Practices with outsized rewards?
« Reply #53 on: April 09, 2018, 03:32:18 PM »
Enjoying the task at hand without constantly thinking id rather be doing anything else has made a difference .. Has made me a slightly better cook🙂
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Re: Actions / Habits / Practices with outsized rewards?
« Reply #54 on: April 09, 2018, 04:24:36 PM »
Exclude DRAMA from your life.  One overly dramatic frenemy in your life will just suck you dry, leaving less heart that you may have for your own endeavors.  Minimize your time with these people (especially if they are family), and reap the rewards.

I really like this advice. Extremely good advice.

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Re: Actions / Habits / Practices with outsized rewards?
« Reply #55 on: April 09, 2018, 09:21:33 PM »
Wow, so many great suggestions!  For those who want to maximize their earning potential, I would recommend the following action:

Joining Toastmasters International
- for some $100 a year, I have learned when to start talking, what to say, how to say it in fewer words, and when to shut up.  I also created a strong professional network of fellow project managers, serial entrepreneurs, nurses, retired officials who had a habit to testify before US Congress back in the day, MBAs who know people in the high places, and retired military officers who created a Toastmasters club for homeless vets to help the vets deal with their mental issues.  Did I mention that, like many on this forum, I am strongly introverted?  Within the last four years, knowing what to say and how helped me get:
  • A job in another department with corresponding 25% pay raise
  • After a layoff, finding a job within a few weeks and negotiating compensation from initial offer with 52% salary drop to final offer with 40% salary drop
  • Finding another job in a nicer environment and negotiating the offer from initial 30% to final 35% raise

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Re: Actions / Habits / Practices with outsized rewards?
« Reply #56 on: April 10, 2018, 05:20:40 AM »
-Giving up alcohol.  I'm never hung-over, I'm more present and available to kids, I feel better/exercise more, I save $.


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Re: Actions / Habits / Practices with outsized rewards?
« Reply #57 on: April 11, 2018, 07:10:09 PM »
Tell myself a bedtime story. I used to one of those who took forever to fall asleep, rehashing the day's events, worrying about tomorrow. Now, I put aside all that and enter my fantasy world. I add details, I decide what kind of people inhabit it, what challenges they face. I have been doing this for a few decades now, and it rarely takes more than a few minutes to fall asleep. Every 5 years or so I get bored with the story and start a new one.

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Re: Actions / Habits / Practices with outsized rewards?
« Reply #58 on: April 12, 2018, 02:34:32 AM »
Tell myself a bedtime story. I used to one of those who took forever to fall asleep, rehashing the day's events, worrying about tomorrow. Now, I put aside all that and enter my fantasy world. I add details, I decide what kind of people inhabit it, what challenges they face. I have been doing this for a few decades now, and it rarely takes more than a few minutes to fall asleep. Every 5 years or so I get bored with the story and start a new one.
Haha, I used to do this. The only problem is that I started thinking too much about details in my fantasy world and end up late night browsing for info on how to make antibiotics if I time traveled to 50 BC.

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Re: Actions / Habits / Practices with outsized rewards?
« Reply #59 on: April 12, 2018, 04:22:10 AM »
Wash your kitchenware immediately after cooking (i.e. before you sit down and eat).

Why this is effective:

1) Food doesn't have the chance to dry and stick, meaning less net cleaning time overall.
2) You're more likely to cook if all your kitchenware is ready to be used. This inadvertently leads to cutting down on junk food.
3) Less time worrying about having to do it sooner or later. Also having a clean kitchen feels nice.