How to lay the foundation
Here are three tips.
You can’t touch them by hands, count or weigh them. They are your core, your personality, intellect, creativity. They are you. It is not wrong to want to be rich. But wealth cannot be your value, just because it is easy to lose. Vital values are something that will stay with you if one day everything burns down. It is your independence from any stuff that will always give you the strength to rise again and go.
2. Define your values as if there are no other people at all
There are no high posts, no Oscars and Grammys, no gold, silver and bronze medals. You need governing values not to become the best but better. Franklin did not dream of Influence, but his values were Industry and Justice. He got influence as a bonus, because you cannot but become influential if you work hard and effectively.
3. Work at your values every day
Franklin used to keep something like a habits tracker. Every evening, he didn’t write about things he performed that day, but the ones he was not successful in. For example, on Sunday there were marks in Sil. (Silence) and Ord. (Order) boxes. Which most likely mean he chatted with a neighbor and failed to put anything in its place. And on Tuesday he marked Ind. (Industry). This might mean he was lying on the sofa for long and lost time.
When it comes to values of course you should not copy anyone, especially a guy who lived 300 years ago, even Ben Franklin. Thus the whole pyramid will sink. Regard his foundation as an architectural artwork of time management.
- Temperance. Do not eat to dullness, do not drink to elevation.
- Silence. Speak not but what can benefit others or yourself.
- Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
- Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought to; perform without fail what you resolved.
- Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; waste nothing.
- Industry. Lose no time; always be employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
- Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; let your thoughts be innocent and just; and if you speak, speak accordingly.
- Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
- Moderation. Avoid the extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
- Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or in habitation.
- Tranquillity. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
- Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
- Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
- Create a separate "Vital Values" task in SingularityApp.
- Make a checklist, where each item is one of the values and add it to the task.
- Set the task on repeating mode so you will not have to create it again each time.
- Every day mark the values you develop.
Bonus from SingularityApp: measuring your progress in percentages.
This fall, Pro-users can try out a couple of updates that make the app more beautiful and convenient, letting you to customize Singularity the way you like it.Fall Novelties: Interface Improvements for PC Versions