Harry Smith

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Just Shut Up and Do It - A Literay Experiment for 2023

I'm writing a long standing book idea, one page at a time for the whole of 2023!

Failure and Fortune

2022 has been a year of both failure and fortune, but it depends on how you measure it. Let's dive in and see how it's changing my goals for the year ahead.

Building a Wall

Life is a lot like building a wall, brick by brick.

Subtraction - A Theme for 2023

An exploration of how to make a richer life next year by removing more than you add.

Hard Truths and What to Do About Them

How to tackle the biggest questions without falling foul of the pressure not to.

Principles of Craftsperson Productivity

How to apply the methods of Master Craftspeople to your own work, to maximise your time and energy.

27 Thoughts for a 27th Birthday

Rapid fire thoughts on life on the most relfective day of the year

Decide Implement Maintain - How to make Lasting Change

The three stages to designing behavioural changes that last.

First Order Retreivability

A simple system from Adam Savage to make you more productive, more organised and more effective at everything

The Trichotomy of Control

A thinking tool that instantly reduces worry, stress and anxiety and a simple exercise to win the day.

The Stairstep Diet

I've given up more 'bad' foods this year than any other and it's been easy. Learn how to take the 'stairstep approach' to a healthier life.

Things are Hard

These are hard times and they are only getting harder. When freedom becomes perilous we have a duty to practice it.

Building Intuition

How to use the power of building intuition to learn faster and get more out of your study.

Defending Happiness

Happiness is the result of a consistent defense against sadness. We need tools to maintain it, not seek it.

End of Year Reviews

Tools for thinking about the year ahead. What changes to focus on and avoiding the common traps of new year resolutions.

Finishing Nanowrimo

The end of a twelve year journey to writing 50,000 words in a single month.

Getting Up on Time

If you're struggling to stick to habits and change bad routines, you need to get the first habit of the day right. You need to get up on time.

One Year On

After 12 months of sobriety, I finally sat down and wrote out how I did it. What I learnt, what I struggled with and how I changed.

The Broken Bridges

A shift in environment brings important lessons about what we find important, and where we thrive.

Change Tactics, Not Strategy

We all know the tenants of a good life, but it's hard to stay consistent. Embracing regular change is the key to maintaining long-term goals.

Lessons from a Chemistry Teacher I've forgotten

How to move towards unknown problems, the true nature of intelligence and the shared power of collaborative teaching.

Why some people seem to have more than twenty four hours a day

Spending time intentionally is the key to higher output. There is a lot of time available, if you start noticing how it accidentally slips away.

100 Days of Habits

An honest, retrospective look a the first one hundred days of the year, and how habits have shaped them.

Split Your Days Off

If you control your schedule, there are big benefits of splitting your days off.

Conducting a Daily Premortem

Use Gary Klein's Premortem as a daily practice to avoid your usual failure modes

How You Do Everything

Maintain quality in everything, or you'll have no quality at all. Do the mundane with care, and you'll do the important even better.

Healthy Relationship Habit

Don't forget to show love, as well as tell it.


Were all an individual, but at what cost?

The Remarkable Magic of Hobbies

If you haven't got a hobby, you should think about getting one. It'll trick you into learning vital skills you can use everyday.

Thoughts on Sobriety

Abstinence from alcohol has been the trigger for huge positive change. More importantly, I've begun to understand what it even means to be sober.

This vs That

Trick yourself into doing hard things by choosing which one hurts less right now.

Master Action List

Consolidate all the action items from the books you read and actually do them.

The Book Of Steps

Big wins come from lots of small steps, it's easy to forget them, so I keep a little book of all of them.

Your body knows how to move. So move it.

Fitness doesn't need to be complex. Simplify your relationship with movement. Achieve your 2021 fitness goals with three 10 minute sessions a day.