Make your life align with your values - Philosophy as a tool for Productivity

Make your life align with your values - Philosophy as a tool for Productivity - student project

This class is about using philosophy as a tool in everyday life. A tool which boosts your productivity, expands your imagination and helps you think 'outside the box'.

You may be wondering: How can such an abstract thing as philosophy have a meaningful impact on my everyday life?

It has, and this course shows why. Every decision made in philosophy, is a decision made for life. Generally speaking, when you are judging the nature and value of things, you do so, to act upon that judgement. Philosophy does this with a broad outlook on our whole life. It is therefore capable of giving you a broad sense of direction, that will greatly influence the way you go about your every day routine, make it more meaningful and satisfying.

This class is designed to show how fundamental concepts and values relate to your everyday life and how you can use thinking about these values to build as strong foundation for the simple tasks you do every day.

No strange language or technical jargon will be used in this class, it is also not designed to be an idle armchair-musing about "things in itself". This class is about how, why and what things matter. 

The project of this class will be incorporating "the ways of philosophy" in your daily routine. It also will be about searching a way of life, you can sincerely justify to yourself.  For this task you need nothing, but your brain.

It is as simple as this:

Think of an answer to these six questions for about ten minutes:

1. Which states (of mind/outer circumstance) are good?

2. Why are these states good?

3. How do you reach these states?


4. Which actions are good? 

5. Why are these actions good?

6. How do you accomplish these actions?

Write down one state and one action per day and give an explanation why it is good and how to reach it. Explain the how and the why in one sentence each. You can choose the same things on multiple days, if your opinion on the 'hows' and 'whys' has changed.

Repeat this for six days and publish your results in the project section of this course.

Be critical about it! If you find yourself not utterly satisfied by your answers, think about what may be wrong about them and try to correct them during the following days.

Even if you are satisfied, ask yourself again, if there is something that is missing in your explanations.

7. On the seventh day, ask yourself, how your lifestyle, the way and what you work, the way you interact with others ans the way you spend your free time contributes to these things. Write down one sentence regarding every aspect. This can get really personal, so you are not obliged to share those answers.

This last step will give you an outlook on how your life relates to your values, how strong your values are, of which you fall short and which you (somehow) fulfill. Also it will help clarify the nature of your values, you may find some, that are not that really worth pursuing and some others, which you underestimated beforehand.

The third and sixth question are especially crucial. They ask about how your values and their realizations are linked. These questions are about what you have to do, once your values are determined. With these question you are able to determine your immediate course of action.

This whole exercise is about finding values you can justify to yourself. If you find those, you can use them as a strong tool to motivate yourself, and take action, whenever one of them is at stake.

I hope you enjoy your little exploration of 'the big questions', it will help you take on the small things more lightly!

If you have any questions or want to delve in deeper discussion, write in the comment section of this group. I am always up for discussion ;)