Good pens. I always buy pens and experiment with different types. Every pen has a certain flow and friction required to deliver ink. For people who don't write a lot, this is unimportant. If you write a lot, it becomes palpable. Does the pen just roll and write, or does it need to be "pressed" and "pushed" to deliver ink. Does it dry quickly? Does it "shit itself" and smudge: when you trace a line, by the time you get to the end of the line, did the pen deliver more ink than necessary to trace a line and form a sort of drop around the tip? It will be messy. You have to clean it on a sheet of paper or that ink will find its way on the next thing you'll write. Does the ink stick well and survive a drop of water or a tear for example : )
Good notebooks: are the squares small and noisy? Do you use the same pen color as the notebook lines which makes it harder to read?
A good headset. I record our video calls and I used to have a Bluetooth headset, which meant I couldn't use the microphone (I'm on Linux). We bought another type of "wireless" headsets where you plug a dongle (SteelSeries Arctis 1). They're cheap, but now I'm recording from my headset's microphone, not from my laptop's. Which means the noise of the fans doesn't make it to the recording. The fans are really noisy (when you do Jitsi + OBS for recording).
Also I use salt liberally to make vegetables and other healthy food taste good. I figure it’s a net benefit.
* Walk more - Getting a Fitbit motivated me a lot
* Sleep better - educate yourself about sleep
* Write things down - I refer to this as a superpower.
Can you elaborate more on this? Would love to understand how writing things down have been beneficial to you.
* It helps with memory a lot. Writing something down will help you recall it later.
* It reduces stress - you'll know you have the information you need written down.
* It helps keep you organised.
* It makes you prepared. When I go to meetings, I often find other people are not prepared.
* It improves your writing
* It helps you think
It has mood altering effects in our own bodies, and other people respond very well to it.
I try to bike 30 mins a day. Pre-covid, that meant biking to work and back. (I'm lucky to live close to work.) These days, I take off for a 5 mile ride around lunch.
That half-hour helps stabilize my mood, and refines my focus the rest of the day. Tying the change to a daily routine (like commuting) makes it easier to stick to.
Also, changes of scenery. Especially right now, it's easy to feel trapped at home. Going for a bike ride or driving out to the woods occasionally helps my balance.