dojo4 guide to a better year: 42 tips


by Corey Kohn

What does better mean? It might mean better than previous years, or it might mean making the most of existing goodness, and transforming existing challenge. Relativity leaves it up to you, but here are some suggestions that are likely to help, possibly (but not likely) in some order:

  1. listen to this year's dojo4 songbook mixtape while you read this post and while you do anything this year

  2. discover more new music every week with on Bandcamp and Conduit

  3. get a full dose of nutritious funk from Tank and the Bangas and Sylvan Esso and clean your plate with help from all the Tiny Desk Concerts

  4. be cheerful - despite the dismal state of things there are “there are actually a LOT of encouraging things going on around the world” and lots of reasons to be cheerful - follow David Byrne’s Reasons To Be Cheerful project and/or start your own complementary project

  5. meditate - it's the master skill that supports mastery of all other skills

    “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” -Zen proverb

  6. drink more water

  7. join the future. the future is now and it’s female. read what our best minds are writing about it.

  8. keep it in your pants and do something useful instead, like your fucking job

  9. get to know your body- cast your vulva with Vagina China Ij5lgxVW.jpg

  10. dig Shantideva's advice and wish happiness for others.

    "If you want to be miserable think about yourself. If you want to be happy, think about others." - Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

  11. read about fashion - make sure it's a radical anti-capitalist, intersectional feminist, and body-positive political fashion blog written by a sarcastic (& angry) Muslim-Iranian creative and community organizer living in Chicago

  12. enjoy visual distruptions in places of mass bluemass.png

  13. boycott consumerist obsession consumerism.png

  14. resist - Resistbot will help you write to your Congresspersons every day

  15. take action now - sign up to receive 3 actions you can take every week to help build a more civil society

  16. don't 'other' the need for liberation - be an accomplice, not an ally

    “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Lilla Watson

  17. learn to build a fire and if you already know how, go build a fire firebuilding.png

  18. watch The Detectorists, the best show on television (spoiler alert: it's about detectorists)

  19. think outside of the box (Pandora’s that is) - hear Christen Lien

  20. see the world through rose-colored glasses, or yellow or blue or green or purple or orange ones rosecoloredglasses.jpg

  21. explore what it means to write well

  22. if you Twitter, follow @danmayer, a shining example of a person making the world a better place inside and outside the workplace through the practice of technology

  23. know more about lots of things but especially brain-machine interface and colonizing Mars

  24. get timely and regular insight into tech & society

  25. walk - move your body for at least a little while most days of the week- it works better than medication for treating the blues

  26. fill your instagram feed with artists and their art, e.g.:

  27. find your temple in your closest relationships and be prepared for "holy dismemberment and reassembling"

  28. follow the Rules and remember: it never gets easier, you just go faster (also: support your local bike shop)

  29. also follow Lael’s adventure - she is one of the strongest endurance athletes in the world and is shattering the mold on how to make this life worth living

  30. master the art of getting your shit done, aka GYSHIDO:

    • relentless focus
    • single task
    • boring consistency
    • no bullshit
    • no meetings
    • follow up
    • don’t be an asshole Gyshido_poster_final.png
  31. generosity is the virtue that produces peace and we always need lots more of that generous.png

  32. run with the dazzle of Zebras

  33. spice it up with chiles pop rocks & chocolate

  34. listen to Jane Kenyon, who said:

    "Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours." - Jane Kenyon

  35. be quiet and listen

  36. listen some more

  37. listen even more

  38. stop reading this blog post

  39. step away from the computer

  40. stop looking at your phone

  41. go outside

  42. stay outside for a while

This was compiled as a collaborative effort by the team at dojo4.