Originally Posted by viva_nate
Nobody lived this kind of self-work like Ben Franklin: morning and night
he reflected on what he did. That is a crazy amount of meditation and self-reflection.
(edited to more clearly address the post)
Smart man - that intensely goal oriented approach looks like a good way not to waste time or repeat mistakes. Tragically, the part I most related to was "Order, too, with regard to places for things, papers, etc., I found extreamly difficult to acquire".
"Resolution of the day" seems like an interesting idea - deliberately "programming himself" (which works nicely into the Digital Physics
model) to limit his focus and behaviours, presumably to sharpen the focus he has. I've done a similar thing when drumming where I set myself an agenda, eg. make sure I can always hear the bass; avoid making a racket; simplicity and time, etc
Funny thing - we program ourselves all the time - lessons from parents / youth, mottos and quotes, ancient texts, lessons and agendas from the arts etc.