1 Exercise on a Monday night
(nothing fun happens on a Monday night).
I exercise six days/week. Are there six Mondays?
14 Buy a cheap blender and use it to finely chop onions
(it saves on time and tears).
Or just buy sweet onions.
17 Don’t be weird about how to stack the dishwasher.
What are we doing? Reviewing the Guardian’s 100 Ways to Slightly Improve Your Life Without Really Trying.
Most of the ways seem pretty straightforward, but appearances can be deceiving.
28 Always be willing to miss the next train.
Um, not good advice in most parts of Canada.
Some allow opportunities for silly word play.
38 Sleep with your phone in a different room
(and buy an alarm clock).
Um, I like to sleep without my phone
and in my bedroom.
Pretty sure sleeping with my phone
and in a different room
would not be an improvement.
Some don’t generalize well.
48 Buy secondhand.
Tried this with indifferent results
when buying disposable cups for the bathroom.
Some are time sensitive.
73 Thank a teacher who changed your life.
Oh, gosh, pretty sure they’re all dead now.
Some are too subtle for me.
85 Don’t get a pet/do get a pet.
Um . . .
Some can be acted upon almost immediately; some, not so much.
91 If in doubt, add cheese.
98 Make a friend from a different generation.
Some don’t account for my colouring.
100 For instant cheer, wear yellow.
Some might improve my life, but not the lives of those around me.
But here’s the thing: Not every idea has to work for me. That’s a big relief.
Here’s the other thing: Details aside, it’s a great macro idea – looking for little, low-effort things to improve my life. I can, in fact, make my own list. And in that spirit . . .
101 Whenever possible, quibble.
After all, it might be annoying, but it’s better than singing.