Apart from the basic practices like walking, or writing, a few more to consider:
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Routines, as we now learn, are fragile, but our practices, like doing some exercise or meditation, eating vegetarian or plant-based food, journaling, live on due to their being flexible and tailored for the individual.
The pandemic has shown us that most of our routines, like sending our kids to school, going to the gym, or rushing to office in the morning, can be easily disrupted or even exhumed.
Most of us have a different set of routines that seems to work for us. However, the fundamental practices like exercising, writing, reading, walking and having some moments of reflection are almost universal in nature.
These practices transcend every routine and become lifelong pursuits.
Most of us are facing an upheaval in our professional fronts, and have drastic changes in our routines. The order may change, but the basic practices should remain the same.
Work may be erratic, and there may be good and bad days, but one has to hold on to the basic practices.
A few things to keep in mind when starting work in a new field:
A patron once offered Epicurus whatever he wanted. Epicurus could have requested riches but asked for a small pot of cheese. Epicurus knew that simple pleasures, enjoyed in moderation, were most enjoyable.
A pleasant life is as inseparable from moderation as it is from other virtues such as prudence, honour, and justice.
81. Don’t just read books, re-read books.
82. Make haste, slowly.
83. Don’t talk about projects until you’re finished.
84. Go into the wilderness.
85. Try to see opportunities where others see obstacles.
86. Inner scorecard vs. outer scorecard.
87. Have unrelated hobbies.
88. You don’t solve problems by running away. Travel will not make you happy.
89. Seek out challenges.
90. “Whenever you are offended, understand that you are complicit in taking offense.” — Epictetus