This is an example of one of the lists that I prepared. Tuesday’s topic was “10 things I learned from Tim Ferriss”. As you can see, I could not stop at number 10.
- Morning exercise routine
I’ve been using bits of 4HB exercise since I’ve read the book as my quick go-to morning exercise. My lower back issues practically disappeared and in combination with diet I don’t have any weight concerns.
- Slow Carb Diet
I’m so grateful for SCD. I found out that I’m sensitive to gluten, stopped eating it and feel so much better since then. Over time I migrated to paleo and now intermittently ketogenic diet, each making me feel even better. I’m serious – now at 37 I feel much better than 10 years ago.
Using virtual personal assistant is great for 3 reasons – it removes tasks that I don’t enjoy (e.g. compare waterproof mp3 players on the market; find out how area X is regulated, etc); it’s most probably done faster; and it makes me think about the requirement in greater detail. Sometimes to clarify the idea/requirement to yourself you need to clarify it to someone else.
- 5 minute journal
Simple daily practice that had surprising effects on how I feel – it wraps gratefulness, planning a day, affirmations and reviewing the day into a neat package of 5-10 minutes.
- Meditation practice (Headspace, Tara Brach, Sam Harriss)
I knew meditation is good, but I could never do it consistently. Headspace was a big breakthrough for me, it made it so easy. I still use it, but my go-to short meditation is Tara Brach’s 5 minute “Coming into stillness” meditation. “Looking for self” meditation from Sam Harris is longer, but literally mind blowing. I use it with caution.
- Weekly one day fasts (Dr. Dom D’Agostino)
Fasting is not the cure-for-all, but it seems to help with way too many things to ignore it. My long term plans include very long healthspan and no cancer, and fasting seems to be helpful with both. Plus not eating for a day is not difficult at all (surprise) and frees up some time for other things.
- Importance of Vitamin D (Dr. Rhonda Patrick).
Research shows that majority of people have insufficient levels of Vitamin D, which is alarming because it’s involved in 300+ important metabolic processes, including those related to mood. Different people have different needs, so before doing anything please get yourself tested until you reach healthy level. Test costs a few dollars and it’s worth it – I know person who needs 10,000+ IU every day, I’m just fine with 5,000 IU / week.
- Cold showers (Wim Hof)
I know, with 25-35 C temperatures all year round it’s not a big bravery, but now I do it in colder countries as well (at least I finish my shower with cold water). I haven’t been sick since I started doing this. Coincidence? Maybe, but just the immediate effect of not feeling cold all the time is worth it. Or even more immediate effect of the mix of neurotransmitters my body releases in cold water.
- Systems vs. goals (Scott Adams)
Focusing on long term gains (like acquiring skills), instead of short term … of reaching the goal) is not only highly practical, but also removes a lot of unnecessary stress.
- Gmail “+” trick
Still getting those penis enlargement and Nigeria money transfer spams? This is a simple trick which you can use with your Gmail address. Anytime you provide your address, add “+” and name of company you are giving your address to, e.g. surname+STOREA@gmail.com. You’ll keep receiving their emails to your standard email address, but you’ll be able to recognize easily where that spam comes from.
Frankly I’m not sure if this still works – Google has pretty good antispam filter, and it’s very easy to remove anything after “+”; but I got used to doing this.
- Annual review – post mortem & planning
I was never a “new year resolution” person, but I like Tim’s approach. I take some time thinking about what worked during the last year and what shall I be doing more of; and what didn’t and I should stop doing it.
- “What’s the worst that can happen”
Mark Twain said it well: “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” A lot of things seem scary, but if we invest time into defining the real possible outcomes, we often find out that the downside is not that tragic. Or it is, and then we can abandon that plan.
I’m a very beginner here, but it works pretty well for those small stressful situations. And it worked for Titan Experiment project. I’ve been postponing it for some time because of my fears, but really all the risks in case I fail can be summarized under “I will look stupid for some time”. Written on a paper it looks like a small trade-off compared to how much I can learn.