1. Read better stuff. When did reading an actual book turn into a commitment rather than a pleasure? Was it reading for work in grad school?
Somehow, clicking on one more internet listicle news seems to ward off the work of opening a book, when the book makes you feel better, is more informative, and is less likely to result in rage at rampant stupidity, bad facts, and worse grammar.
Some books are work, true, but it's more the commitment of time than anything else that leads to stupid internet reading. "I only have 5 minutes, so let me check the news," I say, but how much better spent that 5 minutes would be if I read something real instead of fake--or something that, if it's real, makes me feel enraged and helpless in the face of the events.
2. Work better. After the big push of a collaborative project in the fall, I haven't done much for the past couple of weeks. It's time to get moving--back to the gym (did so today, so hooray) and back to writing. How is this working better? A new year, a new Moleskine, and a new shot at a 750words.com 30-day challenge about writing every day, maybe, will help with those January deadlines.
3. Live better. The simple version of this is pretty basic: move more, eat less, sleep more, fret less. But maybe it's even simpler than that.
- What makes you happy?
- What makes you feel creative?
- What are you proud of being able to do, even if it's something no one else would care about?
- Was there some incident or you came through with flying colors? Keep it in your mind as a talisman against worse moods or bad times.
- Someone's being a jerk? Take your hands off that man.