Thoughts – Most Popular (in no particular order)
- Stop Trying To Define Yourself (And Why I Don’t Tell Anyone My Exam Results)
- Are we doing enough?
- I couldn’t care less what they think, and neither should you
- See things as they really are
- Help Yourself By Doing More For Others (But Not For That Reason)
- Using the internet to enhance your social life
- To thrive, find your niche – how to respond to a changing world
Most Recent Articles available here.
Thinking About and Experimenting with Writing (in chronological order)
- Why Do I Want to Write? – My first public article; a stream-of-consciousness reflection about my motivations and anxieties behind writing publicly.
- The Second Stage of Becoming a Writer: From Good to Great – After 9 months of writing inconsistently, I decided to start a 30-day daily writing challenge. This article outlines my rationale and the approach I would take
- Will I ever be a good writer? – Independently of my 30-day writing challenge, I tried to write a fictional story. I was frustrated at how difficult I found it and reflected upon the difficulties in this blog post.
- What I Gained From 30 Days of Writing Every Day and What Next? – A summary of what I gained from the 30-day daily writing challenge. During the 30 days, I thought and wrote a lot about different approaches to writing and these are briefly summarised within this post.
- Want to be a great writer? Create experiences to write about. – I decided to change my approach to writing; rather than ‘becoming a great writer’ I want to ‘become someone who is a great writer’. The distinction may be subtle, but I outline the difference in the post.
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- Mastering Sleep – A chronicle of sleep experiments I did after getting glandular fever and having a high sleep requirement.
- How to use facebook without wasting time and energy – self-explanatory title
- Ways to be more consistent
- Taking action even when you don’t feel like it. – by lower activation energy and increasing baseline activation.
- Decide once then forget it – an improved decision-making system
- Cultivate selective ignorance
- Deciding what to do in free moments – deciding between input and output in order to be maximally productive.
During my 30 days of writing, some key reflections were about:
- Finding time to write (Day 18)
- Choosing one topic and sticking to it (Day 27)
- Thinking of my articles as a first draft (Day 25)
- Avoiding certain feedback (no readership stats!) (Day 4) but encouraging other forms (Day 10 and Day 21)
- Setting a writing time limit (Day 11)
- Questions to guide writing (Day 2)