Here are the best new things I found during six months of Hacked Manning. These I will try to incorporate on a semi-permanent basis into my life.
NVC and MBB
Surprisingly, Nonviolent Communication and Mind-Body Bridging have turned out to be one of the more important feeling and most exciting findings of the project. I bumped into these at the latest hour and haven't had that much time to actually test them out, but there's tons of potential in there.
The best bit is, they are not just productivity hacks, but actually tools or even outlooks for a better and more ethical life. I'll carry on working with NCV and MBB.
Beeminder or HabitRPG
At the beginning of Hacked Man I totally fell in love with Beeminder. Later, I found HabitRPG and sort of liked that too a much. Lately I've had trouble keeping the habit of using both, but I still think both are extremely powerful tools. Using both doesn't seem to be clever, though. Both get a bit neglected, as they feel very similar.
Either should work, but I think I'll choose Beeminder. I've got more mileage out of it and it packs more punch to punish you than HabitRPG. I'll update Beeminder for year 2015 and use everything I've learned during the year to let Beeminder inspire or punish me into reaching my goals.
Meditation has been brilliant, but it's somehow been ambushed a bit by MBB. Extra-mindfulness has somehow eaten a bit of the punch of a proper meditation session. Still, this is a habit that I'm just going to keep up. It doesn't really take time, but is obviously healthy and helpful.
My next hurdle is to try to learn to meditate at home. During the six months of Hacked Man I think I meditated about two times at home. So that's something I'll have to work on.
- Timely: A nice service, especially useful, if you are searching for that extra nudge to get something started. Just plan it in and you'll start soon.
- Motivation hack: seems to work. The hard part is to remember to use it.
- Memory Pegs: These also work! The same problem with the previous hack: just have to remember that I can remember things flawlessly, if I want.
- Sleep Journal: endless amounts of fun. Just need to use some extra effort to keep up the habit. I still quit the moment I stop concentrating on keeping it.