I recently read Ray Dalio's newest book, Principles, and was inspired a lot by it. The main idea is to have a list of principles to live by and to make decisions from. By reasoning by principles, you know which actions and decisions to take. In case you don't, it means you don't have a developed principle.
This is my initial version of this. It's of course *far* from the principles list by Ray Dalio, but it's a work in progress. Just like my about page, goals and my health dashboard I will update it so it should reflect my current principles.
Goals before pleasure
The most important in my life is reaching my goals, and personal pleasure comes second. I will always do the action that gets me closer to my goal.
Strive to live forever
If you believed you could live forever if you just reached 100 years, you would be MUCH more careful with your health. I do believe we will hit the longevity escale velocityin my lifetime making above realistic, but even if not, striving for living forever gives a MUCH healthier life with much fewer health problems.
Lying not only hurts emotions and destroys relationships, it has a huge mental opportunity cost. The easiest is never lying or even giving a wrong impression on purpose.
Never compromise on sleep
Sleeping 8 hours per day, is probably the most important thing we can do. Remember NOT doing it, will effect everything else
Never compromise on skipping exercise
Doing exercise at least 5 times a week is essential to provide mental and physical energy in the body.
Conscious decisions to enjoy life
Make conscious decisionswhen enjoy a moment fully and then do it fully, without regrets afterwards.
Bigger, but fewer, pleasures
When having pleasures (eating sweets, vacation or relaxing), go big, but do it less than other people. Don't buy the cheap cake, but the expensive home-made cake. Don't do a weekend in a tourist trap in Spain, but hike 3 weeks in South America.