In James Altucher’s entertaining book How to be the Luckiest Person Alive, he suggests a daily practice which he claims will dramatically improve your life:
- Physical – exercise enough to break a sweat for 10 minutes (probably 20-30 minutes of movement a day in total) – he also says it’s essential to sleep for 8 hours (9pm-5am), and suggests no eating after 5:30pm
- Emotional – cut people out of your life who drag you down, and always be honest (without being hurtful).
- Mental – exercise the idea muscle – come up with a list of ideas every day
- Spiritual – at least one of the following: pray, meditate, practice gratitude, practice forgiveness, study spiritual texts.
Altucher says that any time he feels things are going downhill in his life, it’s because he let this practice slip.
I agree with most of what he suggests, but of course we all have our own priorities. So here is my own list of things that help me ‘refresh my mindset’ in the hope that you’ll also find it useful.
We all need a wee break from reading the internet now and again, which is why I like listening to the internet instead. So why not take a load off and join my guest Ethan Waldman and I for another illuminating Clear-Minded Creative Types audio interview.
In this twenty minute conversation Ethan talks about his business as a technology coach over at www.cloud-coach.net and how he balances that computer-based work with a variety of other interests including fixing bikes and building a tiny house!
We also discuss minimalism and how cutting back on commitments can help us become fully present and improve our existing relationships.
Ethan has some really great advice here that I’m going to implement myself, and I hope you find it as useful as I did. (Click here to listen if you are reading via RSS or email).
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Mentioned in this interview:
Building the Tiny House (on Facebook)
Good to Great by Jim Collins
Self-Control for Mac
Write or Die
Ethan’s post on the “WordPress Myth”