Have you heard of the Man Repeller Writers Club? Every month we pose a story idea, you write about it, then send it to us (email@example.com) with the subject line “MR Writers Club.” We go through all submissions and post the winner at the end of the month. Ready? Let’s go.
You know how every podcast ad and spammy online article wants to sell you the idea that one trick will change your life? It’s classíque internet catnip. We love a lifehack because we’re all tired and vaguely sure we could be better versions of ourselves at all times. I once wrote a whole story making fun of the way this operating principle has seeped into the wellness/betterment internet. I do think it’s a fairly unscalable, but if I’m honest, I’m still a little bit of a sucker. I may have read How to Do Nothing with anti-capitalist gusto, but even I can’t deny the appeal of a low effort, high impact promise. And every once in a while, it really does deliver. When I committed to making my bed every morning, I ascended to a higher place where small chores didn’t weigh on me like a winter coat of self-resentment.
But the problem with commitments is longevity. Doing something every day, or at least regularly, requires you dedicate a small chunk of your attention to making sure it happens every time, and that’s a precious resource you could be spending on Instagram. But when you stumble across the right thing/habit/person/pillow, sometimes it’s worth the effort. Which is why this month, for a forever-themed Writers Club prompt, we want to hear about what you think is the most worthy/underrated/surprisingly useful commitment: the little thing you do that makes the biggest difference in your life. It doesn’t have to be a lifehack, necessarily; it could be an unsuspecting product you love, a weird strategy you use, a collection of words you repeat. As long as it’s a small commitment with the gentle, undaunting promise of a forever-length payoff, it’s fair game. Write it up in 500 words or less and send to firstname.lastname@example.org on or by Friday, February 21st.
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