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The "No Zero" Day - One Simple Way To Never Have An Unproductive Day
We like games. Video games, board games, cell phone games, and unfortunately relationship games. There's a really popular mental game we play with ourselves, too. It goes something like this: let's see how much we can put off in the shortest amount of time.

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Zero days

It's when you fill your time doing things, and things which aren’t inherently bad (such as cleaning your place), but those crucial couple to-do’s you had, like writing your novel and researchi...

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How To Avoid Zero Days

On a daily basis, do something, no matter how small, which has you walking toward your vision of life. In other words, your goals. 

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Reasons for Zero Days

You fail to decide what you want out of life, and in turn you fail to define your goals.

If you don’t know what you want, how can you do something every day which propels you in the right ...

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Games are optimal learning environments:

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  • Challenges grow as you develop new skills.
  • Failures are learning opportunities because every time you make a mistake, you get a hint about how you can do better next time.

Boredom and learning

Boredom is what we feel when our brain decides that there's nothing worth learning. It's the brain searching for new information.

And even games become boring at some point because they eventually run out of things to teach you. That's when you stop playing.

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#1: Define your success and failure norms.

#2: Measure your progress with numbers.

#3: Assign rewards and punishments for every outcome.

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Developing Your Own Life Game

  1. Live the game you dream.
  2. Make your own Playbook. Identify the “epic players”, the current “quests”, the “bosses” and the “countermoves” in beating them.
  3. Experiment a reward system. Give points to every milestone and collect “loots” in the form of predetermined rewards.
  4. Create your “dashboard” for detailed project planning. 
  5. Keep your game simple. Do not load it with too many and complicated rules and quests.
  6. Pause for a while to regain your energy. Sticking to the game is more valuable than heroic bursts followed by inaction.
  7. Design it beautifully to be inspired to play it.
  8. Revisit and refine your game, improve your Playbook.
  9. Define boundaries. Don’t be a game addict.

Time is Limited Yet Abundant

Most of us conflict with time. Time is a paradox and is both limited and abundant at the same time. We can do great things with time, provided we know how to use this invis...

Use Time Intentionally

Once we realize that every moment is a gift, we will not waste it but use it intentionally, for something important and meaningful.

It is important that we set some clear priorities and create space for them. 

Contemplating Death

This exercise makes us value our limited time and sheds away the unnecessary activities from our day. 

We start living a vivid life, and slow down, becoming fully present in the moment, savoring time like a limited edition treat before it vanishes.

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We liken success to sports, exams or battles that have winners and losers, and that have an end. However, success means having the stamina to keep going.

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The kind of patience that leads to success is not the same as waiting. Waiting has no benefits. Investing time doesn't do anything on its own.

The kind of patience needed for success is an active, self-doubting kind of patience. It's putting in enormous amounts of work, reviewing the work, questioning if it was the right work, then making adjustments and trying again.

Build-Up and Breakthroughs

Success tends to accrue in two different modes:

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Types Of People Who Blame

  • People who can always find something else to blame.
  • People who blame themselves for everything, even when they’ve had nothing to do with an unfortunate outcome.
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Why People Blame Themselves

This isn’t just false modesty or fishing for reassurance; some people do believe that they cause every bad thing all or most of the time.

Blaming yourself when something goes wrong might, relates to a general tendency to make internal attributions for failure in which you see yourself as inept, foolish, or irresponsible. That tendency might motivate you to attribute your successes to external factors, such as fate, chance or luck, as well. 

Blame And Consequence

Theoretically, anyone who intentionally practices an immoral act is culpable regardless of the consequences. But in most cases, people sign up for what is called “moral luck”.

Moral luck is the belief that you should hold someone to blame only if the action causes harm to others, not for their intent, and according to it, those whose actions bring harm are more culpable.

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Deliberate Rest means engaging with restful activities that are often vigorous and mentally engaging.

For example, Winston Churchill and Victor Hugo painted while Leo Tolstoy played chess.

Catch up on that one thing

Most of us put off tasks that stress us out. Unfortunately, this avoidance kicks off a cycle of procrastination that just causes more stress

Instead, committing to crossing one of them off of your to-do list on a day off can improve your overall well-being.

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Figure out your morning flow

Starting your day on a high note sets the tone for the rest of your day (or even week). 

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Take regular breaks

Not looking away from the computer doesn’t translate into productivity. A good way to boost your motivation throughout the day is to take small exercise breaks.

You can do anything from stretches to treadmill runs, just to get your blood flowing and boost your brain function by moving your body. It also sets the tone for a more energetic afternoon.

Write it all down

Mapping your goals in a visual way is key, as seeing them makes them more real. You’re more likely to follow through on your ideas if you pen them.

Write down your top priorities and designate ways and blocks of time to tackle them. Also minimize distractions (i.e., social media notifications, alarms, news alerts, etc.) to get these things done. 

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  • The more you do, the more you can do.

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Becoming less lonely

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Coming together

Back in 1999, a support group called Bright Point was formed to fill the need of friends. But when people came together, no one talked. It was only after games were introduced as a catalyst that friendships started forming. Later, making meals and exercising was added successfully.

The program is not without challenges. Many lonely people may feel intimidated and won't attend. But designating a space for gathering and activities is a good step toward tackling loneliness. 

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