100 Tips for a Better Life - LessWrong
- Dec 22, 2020
(Cross-posted from my blog) The other day I made an advice thread based on Jacobian’s from last year! If you know a source for one of these, shout and I’ll edit it in. Possessions 1. If you want to find out about people’s opinions on a product, google <product> reddit. You’ll get real people ar... Show More
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(Cross-posted from my blog)
The other day I made an advice thread based on Jacobian’s from last year! If you
know a source for one of these, shout and I’ll edit it in.
1. If you want to find out about people’s opinions on a product, google
<product> reddit. You’ll get real people arguing, as compared to the SEO’d
2. Some banks charge you $20 a month for an account, others charge you 0. If
you’re with one of the former, have a good explanation for what those $20 are
3. Things you use for a significant fraction of your life (bed: 1/3rd,
office-chair: 1/4th) are worth investing in.
4. “Where is the good knife?” If you’re looking for your good X, you have bad
Xs. Throw those out.
5. If your work is done on a computer, get a second monitor. Less time
navigating between windows means more time for thinking.
6. Establish clear rules about when to throw out old junk. Once clear rules are
established, junk will probably cease to be a problem. This is because any rule
would be superior to our implicit rules (“keep this broken stereo for five years
in case I learn how to fix it”).
7. Don’t buy CDs for people. They have Spotify. Buy them merch from a band they
like instead. It’s more personal and the band gets more money.
8. When buying things, time and money trade-off against each other. If you’re
low on money, take more time to find deals. If you’re low on time, stop looking
for great deals and just buy things quickly online.
9. Steeping minutes: Green at 3, black at 4, herbal at 5. Good tea is that
10. Food actually can be both cheap, healthy, tasty, and relatively quick to
prepare. All it requires is a few hours one day to prepare many meals for the
11. Cooking pollutes the air. Opening windows for a few minutes after cooking
can dramatically improve air quality.
12. Food taste can be made much more exciting through simple seasoning. It’s
also an opportunity for expression. Buy a few herbs and spi