I am delighted to announce the first in my series of productivity and living guides, You Did WHAT? 99 Playful experiments to live a healthier and happier life. While there will be plenty of productivity ones coming soon (including a forthcoming one on procrastination), this one popped out first. (As Steven Pressfield writes in The War of Art, "But the muse had me. I had to do it.")
This one is my guide to small activities you can easily try that help you be more engaged with your world. Unlike other books on improving your life, our approach uses small observations to foster change naturally through awareness.
The book starts with an essay introducing our unique perspective on treating life as an experiment, details the procedure for how to run them (including managing your experimenter's notebook and celebrating your results), and then lists 99 of them grouped by topic - Mindset, Emotions, Relationships, Being present, Community, Just for fun, Health, and Work.
Here's a sneak peek of a bonus one from the financial realm:
- Saving Money: For one month count the times you eat out at a restaurant. Don't worry about changing your behavior, just tally them up. Afterwards, look at the final numbers. Did the total surprise you? Did you become more aware of the cost? Did you find yourself thinking about whether to instead eat at home? Were there any patterns you could discern?
I invite you to buy a copy, and to feel free to share your stories  with me. Cheers!
|You Did WHAT?
99 Playful experiments to live a healthier and happier life
Downloadable PDF Price $9
-  As an aside, our site thinktrylearn.com is on hold while we finish up our first prototype of edison, our experimenter's log that will let you track the experiments you start, make observations rapidly via your cell phone, and share what you discovered with others. On top of that will be a large self-help repository documenting the major ideas and techniques for personal development, along with suggested experiments. We'll tag each with categories like productivity ("Does GTD work?" "For who?" "For how long?"), health ("What diets have others had success with?"), personal development, etc. Finally, we'll ultimately have a statistical AI layer on top that will act as a guide to answering the question, What methods have most helped people like me? Overall this TTL PLATFORM will replace the current "search engine" mode of getting help (1. Search a massive self help section. 2. Find a thousand possibly-related pages. 3. Wander through the top hits on your own. 4. Maybe try some, probably with no careful testing. Etc.) Instead, our approach will be a more personal (and scientific!) one, based on trusted guidance and empirical results. More as it progresses!