Getting a tip about how to do something can be a bit difficult. There are enough people principally interested in pointing out that you’re messing up because you are too dim to have figured out some simple thing. So your associations with getting tips might not be too good.
Still, there are lots of really good tips. Here’s one: if you are holding a meeting, try to draw up and stick to an agenda. That’s pretty easy to do, quite easy to remember, and it can make a huge difference.
In any case, I love reading tips. I think I must have a highly resilient American optimism that there are littel things one can do that will make a big difference. At the same time, there are grounds for worrying about the role of tips; maybe they merely give one the illusion of planning to change. That’s because a lot of tips ask you to change some part of some routine in a fairly permanent way. That’s really hard. “4 Tips to get your life back on course” might be interesting, but it might not be really helpful. The flylady, on the other hand, seems to have a good idea of what it take to really change some part of one’s life though using her tips. See our interesting discussion of her here.
So here are some sites full of tips. You may know others. You are hereby invited to share, critique or change the topic!
1. The happiness project. This is full of tips and, yes, some awareness of what philosophers have said about the good life! Still, the introductory description could make one worry:
I’m working on a book, THE HAPPINESS PROJECT–a memoir about the year I spent test-driving every principle, tip, theory, and scientific study I could find, whether from Aristotle or St. Therese or Martin Seligman or Oprah.
Try test-driving for a short period of time Aristotle’s views about happiness and virtue!
2. Dumb little man – tips for life. The title for this site might just be making explicit the attitude people “just giving a little tip” seem often to have. The authors for this blog also seem to have their own tipster blogs.