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Shine a Light
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After three years and almost 100 posts, I decided that the Life Sutra could use a bit of a face lift. I updated the software (WordPress), and updated the theme (something nice from Simplethemes). What started off as a journal that would track my progress towards a 4-Hour Workweek, has evolved into a blog on my Rules of Life: things that I have discovered that help me work smarter and live happier. I'm still working more than four hours a week, but mostly out of choice. Alas, some guy in India is not making appointments for my oil changes. I've come to the conclusion that it's not actually about working only four hours a week and outsourcing all our tasks, but having the power and freedom to choose how one lives their life. I've been busy starting my own company (a "muse" in Ferriss speak), and doing a bunch of other stuff. I'm looking forward to sharing more of the things I've learned along the way. Stay tuned - the best is yet to come!

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  • Finally, a program geared to us dumb guys teaching us how to make millions online! I want to become a money magnet. I want my own abundance video!
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The Top 5 Posts That Subtly Mock This Blog And A Zen System For The Artful Ridicule Of The Life Sutra

jumpingThe honest and sincere ones invite ridicule,
While the false and scheming ones enjoy praise.

- Venerable Master Hsuan Hua

 

Instead of writing something original, I thought I would simply rehash some existing content on the Internet. I just read a hilarious post over at one of my all time favourite blogs The Growing Life and it occurred to me that I could use one of my beloved, top secret techniques (mysteriously named "Ctrl+C") to quickly add content to my own blog!

So without further ado, the top posts containing hacks for writing  productivity articles that in reality subtly deride the Life Sutra (and really any "productivity" blog):

  1. 70 Simple Power Tao Secret Hacks to Writing the Perfect Productivity Article, Plus a Guide & System for Doing It
  2. Go to The Growing Life home page and scroll down until you see the post "70 Simple Power Tao Secret Hacks to Writing the Perfect Productivity Article, Plus a Guide & System for Doing It"
  3. Google "70 Simple Power Tao Secret Hacks to Writing the Perfect Productivity Article, Plus a Guide & System for Doing It"
  4. Try this article on Digg.
  5. If it's worth saying once, it is worth saying again: 70 Simple Power Tao Secret Hacks to Writing the Perfect Productivity Article, Plus a Guide & System for Doing It

Another List

Why create my own list, when I can use someone else's? Let's see how the Life Sutra measures up against these Simple Power Tao Secret Hacks (Hint: for what follows, you really have to read Clay's article first if you have not already done so - I know, I probably have not provided enough links):

1. Call Your Article a Guide or System: I am not sure I have actually called my articles "guides" or "systems". I am such a novice! However, something like GMail From The Desktop could easily have been titled "The Simple Zen Hack Guide For Accessing Gmail From The Desktop". I just wasn't thinking.

2. Make a Numbered List: I love numbered lists! For examples, you can click on almost any of my posts. I sensed early on that the "list of tips" format was a winner.

3. Include a Number in the Title: Yes, I also figured that one out on my own. Maybe I'm not such a newbie to the productivity blog genre after all!

4. Make the List Long: No, I have not done this (because I am lazy) which means that my blog was not the sole inspiration for 70 Simple Power Tao Secret Hacks to Writing the Perfect Productivity Article, Plus a Guide & System for Doing It.

5. Write a Really Good Productivity Article: Of course, this is exactly what I am always doing.

6. Make Sure you “Hack-ify” Your Tips: Yeah, I throw the "hack" word around a lot, but not nearly enough. After I hack some coffee and hack a daily creative period, I might be better able to hack a list of article ideas that can be hackified. Hack, hack, hack, hack, hack...Hold on! I'm too sexy for hacks.

7. Don’t Use Transitions: I don't even know what they are, so I definitely don't use them.

8. Use as Many Buzzwords as Possible in the Title: Lesson learned - see number (1).

9. Write About a Buzz Topic like how to wake up early, and how you’ve implemented GTD: I've done both. 

10. Ignore the Principals of Psychology: Out of sheer laziness, my lists are rather short (see 4).

11. Don’t Cite Any Research: I never do.

12. It’s OK to Write about the Same Topic Over and Over Again: Like waking up early and GTD?

13-25. Its OK To Add Fluff To Your List Just To Take Up Space: I don't do enough of this, but point taken.

26. Tell People to Write Down Their Goals: That's a great idea for a post! thanks!!!

27. State the obvious: Fish are not people.

28. Write More Things on Your list: Yes I get it, you really have a thing for long lists.

“While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.”

- Lewis Carroll

Credits

Thanks Cat Louise for the jumping photo!

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Top 5 Life Sutra Posts

I feel like a band releasing a greatest hits CD! I don't know if I like the idea of "recycling" old material, but with analytics it is so easy to track one's greatest posts on a blog so I thought I would share what has been the most popular material on the Life Sutra up until now:

  1. High Intensity Training Update
  2. 6 Tips For Using Your Calendar Effectively
  3. The Great Liberation Experiment
  4. GTD vs. The 4-Hour Workweek
  5. Printable High Intensity Training Log

It is interesting that two of the top five are workout related. While completely related to lifestyle design, in the back of my mind I guess I felt that my workout material was not really my pillar content. A great example of the numbers speaking for themselves. 6 Tips For Using Your Calendar Effectively making the top five was not as surprising because as a blog reader, especially of the life hacking genre, I gravitate towards the list of tips style posts. I'm always looking for the executive summary!

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  • My apprehensive fascination with twitter continues... This post is a pretty good compilation of various uses for twitter and a nice, seemingly comprehensive list of twitter apps. The best thing about this link is that I was alerted to it by someone I am f
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