What My Perfect Day Looks Like

As the new year comes its worth reevaluating how you spend your days. A useful exercise is to sit down and imagine what my perfect day looks like. For me it involves peak productivity and a lot of exercise here is the list below. What about yours?

Wake up
Light snack
Jog or work out
Full breakfast
Hard or high priority work
Light or low priority work
Rock climb
Free time


On Philosophical Conversation And Debate

I struggle with understanding the utility of engaging people on philosophical topics. Sometimes it can be an enriching experince. Two minds engaging in mutual stimulation. Challenging and learning from each other. Other times it can be a huge waste. Cause unnecessary social conflict or trigger insecurities.

I have no confusion over writing articles and essays as a a good way to engage philosophically. I can write out their perceptive without interruption. I can get responses in long form. Having the time to flesh out my ideas, keeps me from misspeaking in the moment or strawmanning out of haste.

I used to just adore any debate all of the time. I’d bait friends and family into conversations. Part of this was a genuine love of ideas and a search for truth. I’m certain another part of it was out of a bit of sadism. Maybe need to feel smarter than the one I was engaging.

These days I’m a bit more careful. I’ve choosen to listen more. In fact there are some friends I refuse to enagage at all. Sometimes the chaos it can cause just isn’t worth it.

Simultaneously I find myself listening less. I’m more secure in my positions. More experienced and researched. Confident that with the right series of questions, I can get most people to reach similair conculsions to me.

Maybe there’s no objective rule to be found here. Debate can be good sometimes and bad other times. I’ve learned to be more nuanced in my evulation. Diccusion can be insanely valuable. It can also be insanely costly. As with all things, one must learn the right time and place.

Why You Should Start A Blog

Building off my previous piece, I would like to encourage you to take up blogging and consider a personal writing challenge. Blogs can be free here on WordPress, so there is simply no excuse. When I chat with friends about them starting a blog, I get a couple common pushbacks. They ask:

“What if no one likes it?”
“Who am I to write a blog?”
“What if I have nothing interesting to say?”
“What if I try and fail?”

Of course, it is these very fears that should be an insight into why you should give it a shot. If something as simple as putting a few sentences on a page is outside of your comfort zone, then it’s time to expand that bastard.

So what if no one likes it? Write just for yourself. Write for the sake of collecting your thoughts. Besides, you might be surprised how quickly a blog can grow. Your friends will certainly check it out and WordPress attracts a lot of random readers. Worst case absolutely no one reads it. Then you have no one observing your embarrassment. You fail, learn and move on. More likely case, you find yourself a few niche fans. You win, learn and move on.

So what if you don’t feel important or interesting enough to write? You think anyone comes out the womb an interesting or talented person? Your distrust in your own capability has you forming a false idea of how people succeed. Becoming interesting is a muscle you can develop. Something you work out by forcing yourself to write. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy ideas flow when you turn idea creation into a habit.

So what if you fail? What is failing to start a blog anyway? If you write nothing you’ve already failed. If you write something and no one reads it, you’ve actually failed even less. If you set a personal challenge to write frequently and fail that, then you just get back up and try again. You only really fail when you give up. You fail if you let your fear take over. Dive in and give it a try.

Now that I’ve dealt with the disincentives, let’s talk about the incentives for starting a blog.

Writing is a wonderful way to collect your thoughts. It has an objective therapeutic effect. A way of growing your brain and helping you sort out your mental health.

It will make you more interesting, as you work out your creative and intellectual muscles.

Conquering your fear of writing will help you grow as a person. It will springboard you into a life of courage. You can look at old blogs and see how you’ve developed. See the things you’ve conquered.

Blogging helps you build an online brand. If you want a job in an industry, there’s no better way than to have a series of blogs learning and teaching about that subject. You can position yourself as an expert. Or show to the marketplace that you’re someone deeply passionate about learning this subject.

The only good reason to not blog, is if you just genuinely don’t want to. But only reach that conclusion after you’ve considered all the evidence. The fears are unfounded and the benefits are immense. This is why you should start a blog.

The Importance Of Personal Challenges

The love of my life is in the middle of a 30 consecutive day yoga challenge. Her first attempt she got to 10 days and was derailed by a road trip. At the time of posting this, she will be on her second attempt, so far passing 16 days. Objective measurable improvement. A testimony to her virtue and character.

Right now I’m doing my own personal challenge. Today is day 2 of 10 days of writing. I’ve previously completed 30 days. My favourite from that adventure was the one I wrote on mushrooms. If you just check out my November 2016 tab you’ll find the rest of the content.

I think these sorts of challenges can be immensely important. They are obviously a good way to learn a new skill or develop a hobby, but there’s so much more. It’s empowering to see ourselves grow in a measurable format. So often our personal development is only noticed years later in reflection. It’s a way of building up our willpower. Every attempt after a failure teaches us more discipline, adding to our inventory of virtues. It sparks our productivity, helping us have better habits. Maybe most importantly, it gives us an opportunity to fail. Often repeatedly.

Learning to fail is a necessary and unavoidable aspect of life. In the jungle, it might have meant missing our arrow and not eating for a day. In modern society, it may mean dealing with heartbreak or getting turned down from every job interview. Failure has always been an aspect of your life. These personal challenges give us a chance to fail while the stakes are low. Missing out on a blog post isn’t gonna kill ya, but it may still hurt emotionally a bit. You get more familiar with processing your failures and how to get back up. Life might not be a constant struggle for survival any more, but if you can’t get back up after missing a day of blogging you’re gonna be poorly suited for life. You’re gonna really struggle to get back up when your car breaks down, or when you butcher your sales presentation.

If you’re scared of taking up a personal challenge, maybe the very fact that you’re scared is what makes the personal challenge worth doing. Maybe your fear of failing is the exact thing that you need to confront. Dive into your fear. Embrace it. Take up a personal challenge.

A Lazy Man’s Guide To Self-Improvment

Hate yourself? Wanna be less shitty? Good for you! Like most going on this journey, there’s a good chance you’re not sure where to start. Maybe all the normal self-help advice just seem too hard. If you’re starting from zero, a lot of self-improvement tactics can feel inaccessible. They come with high costs in time, money and energy. Fortunately, there are easier, low-cost things you can do. Little tools to increase your confidence, be more productive and just be a better person. Here’s a list of 11 simple ways to improve your life. A lazy man’s guide to self-improvement. I’ve personally done a lot of these and can, at least anecdotally, vouch for their value. Some of them are inspired by advice by friends like Isaac Morehouse or books like Six PIllars of Self Esteem

1) Look in the mirror while naked for 10 minutes straight every day

I don’t think there’s a better way to deal with negative body image than just diving into it head first. Force yourself to look in the mirror, really look at yourself. The goal here isn’t necessarily to make yourself love your body. Instead, you want to just acknowledge the reality of it. Neither changing your body or learning to love it can begin without first accepting what your body really is.

2) Read a chapter of a book once a week

When was the last time you actually read a book?  42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college. Even if you just read one book a year, maybe just a chapter a week, you would be better off than an absurdly large amount of people. You want to be more interesting you gotta have interesting things to talk about. If you wanna be smarter you need to engage your brain in ways like reading. Consume as much content as you can. If you just don’t enjoy reading, consider picking up some graphic novels or diving into audio books.

3) Write one blog post once a week

Writing has similar positive effects as reading. It challenges your mind in a way that doesn’t always happen during the day to day grind. Keeping a blog can be a great way to collect your thoughts. It can be written like a diary or used as a medium for exploring ideas. One blog post a week is super accessible. It doesn’t have to be a huge essay. You could write one or two paragraphs about an idea you had. Or maybe write a review of your favorite album. You may find yourself with the feeling along the lines of, “No one cares what I have to say. Who I am to publish a blog? Who would even read that?”. Ignore that. The writing is about you, not the audience. Besides, you will be surprised how many people actually find your content enjoyable

4) Work out twice a week

I know this is one of the harder tasks on this list. However, if you can manage to did it, just twice a week, you WILL feel better about yourself. You will sleep better, you will look better, your posture will improve. This is hard as hell for some, but it is probably the most valuable habit you can develop. Set up a simple routine. Maybe start with a small set number of pushups and pull ups and adjust as you go. If you can track down some cheap weights, start lifting.

5) Clean your room

This is extremely useful if you’re trying to add more structure to your life. It’s great if you want to develop more conscientiousness, meaning the ability to be more organized and responsible overall. Your room can be understood as a reflection of your inner world. If you wanna stop being so messy in your relationships, job, etc. Learn to stop being messy in your immediate surroundings. If you can at least make your bed every day, you’ll find yourself coming home to knowing you’ve accomplished at least one thing.

6) Learn an instrument

Study after study has shown that learning an instrument is one of the best things you can do to exercise your brain. It can help you become more creative and more in tune with your emotions. Music can also help you understand the world in a more analytical way. As you dive into music theory you may discover an interest in mathematics and logic. Sound hard and unlazy? Trying picking up simple instruments like the ukulele. They’re cheap and don’t have too many strings.

7) Take regular showers

If you have gone through any serious depressions, I’m sure you know that taking a shower can be difficult at times. Self-care becomes an afterthought to the dominant desire to stay alive. If you can muster the energy, force yourself to shower every day. A clean feelings body can make a clean feeling mind. Especially cold showers. To quote this article about why cold showers are beneficial, “This is because wet and cold causes our surface vessels to vasoconstrict (tighten up) making blood move from the surface of your body to the core, as a means to conserve heat. Not only does it conserve heat,  it also reflexively bathes the brain and vital organs in fresh blood. This movement will bring nutrition, oxygen and also help gently detoxify the area.”

8) Go to bed one hour earlier

Everyone needs more sleep. You probably spend that last hour on your phone anyway.  Some people think if they aren’t pushing themselves to stay up an extra hour to work, then they are missing out on productivity. There’s often an error in this thinking. It’s very likely the quality of your work per minute will go down. Often getting that extra hour is the difference when being semi-productive and fully productive. If you have troubling falling asleep, consider using some sort of red tint on your phone screen. The blue lights in computers and phones can cause our brains to stay awake.

9) Use an alarm clock on your days off

If you understand that getting more sleep is important, you should also try to understand how important consistent sleeping schedules can be. If you use an alarm on the weekdays, it can be very beneficial to continue that use over the weekend. This will help keep your sleeping schedule consistent. You’ll probably stop hating Mondays too, as you won’t be so jarred awake by the alarm.

10) Hug your friends more

Particularly men can benefit from this advice. There is evidence that the lack of physical touch for men is literally killing them. Increasing chances of heart problems and mental issues. There was once a time where men touching each other in platonic intimate ways was not so rare. I hope to see a return to that. Hug your bros and tell them you love them.

11) Add educational content to your meme consumption

Pretty much everyone wastes time scrolling their Facebook feed for memes or watching random youtube videos. It can be a good idea to cut back on social media. Alternatively, you can just make your social media usage more productive. If every other meme or video is educational, then you’re on the path to learning new things. Maybe like a philosophy meme page and google all the new phrases that come up. Sub to a youtube channel that does an in-depth analysis of your favorite films. You can literally learn through shitposting.


Alright, you lazy fuck. You can tackle at least one of these this month. Shoot me an email if this was helpful at all. gabrieljmitchell@gmail.com