Spend Time Alone

  • Practice: Solitude
    • Solitude deprivation
      • A state in which you spend close to zero time alone with your own thoughts and free from input from other minds.

    • When you avoid solitude, you miss out on the positive things it brings you: the ability to clarify hard problems, to regulate your emotions, to build moral courage, and to strengthen relationships. If you suffer from chronic solitude deprivation, therefore, the quality of your life degrades.

  • Practice: Leave your phone at home
  • Practice: Take long walks
    • Early in the book Twilight of Idols is a chapter that contains aphorisms on topics that interested Friedrich Nietzsche. It’s in this chapter, more specifically in maxim 34, that we find the following strong claim: “Only thoughts reached by walking have value.”

      • To underscore his esteem for walking, Friedrich Nietzsche also notes: “The sedentary life is the very sin against the Holy Spirit.”

  • Practice: Write letters to yourself
    • Write a letter to yourself when encountering a complicated decision, or a hard emotion, or a surge of inspiration.

    • Composing thoughts in structured form demanded by written prose results in clarity
    • Review the entries.