I am a sucker for the various lists of "life hacks" that get posted on the web, particularly when they make sense to me (see: 20 Things I Should Have Known at 20). The list below, copied from the referenced note, resonates with me.
- The world is trying to keep you stupid.
- Do not have faith in institutions to educate you.
- Read as much as you can.
- Connect with everyone, all the time.
- Don’t waste time being shy.
- If you feel weird about something during a relationship, that’s usually what you end up breaking up over.
- Have as much contact as possible with older people.
- Find people that are cooler than you and hang out with them too.
- You will become more conservative over time.
- Reduce all expenses as much as possible.
- Instead of getting status through objects (which provide only temporary boosts), do it through experiences.
- While you are living on the cheap, solve the money problem.
- Learn to program.
- Get a six-pack (or get thin, whatever your goal is) while you are young.
- Learn to cook.
- Sleep well.
- Get a reminder app for everything.
- Choose something huge to do, as well as allowing the waves of opportunity to help you along.
- Get known for one thing.
- Don’t try to “fix” anyone. Instead, look for someone who isn’t broken.
One of the items in the list that may seem to be the most trivial -- get a reminder app for everything -- may be one of the most important. Actually, having access to a reminder/do-list is a relatively simple matter. What's hard is keeping it up-to-date and comprehensive. That's really hard and requires dedication and commitment.
I have finally discovered the secret of keeping my personal task list current. I have access to it in a floating window on my computer screen. It's always staring at me as a reminder of what I haven't yet done. I am fond of the task list that comes with Gmail. An added bonus with this particular app is that I can access my list from the browser on my smartphone so I can add items to it when away from my desk. The best thing about keeping a task list is one's sense of satisfaction when you complete a task and can then legitimately remove it from the list.