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Life Is The Game And This Is Your Strategy Guide

Life Is The Game And This Is Your Strategy Guide

Life is the ultimate game, and since there’s no re-spawning in real life it’s important we play as best as we can. Oliver Emberton has divided a strategy guide we can all use to complete the game, ready? Go!

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    Real life is the game that – literally – everyone is playing. But it can be tough. This is your guide.

    Basics

    You might not realise, but real life is a game of strategy. There are some fun mini-games – like dancing, driving, running, and sex – but the key to winning is simply managing your resources.

    Most importantly, successful players put their time into the right things. Later in the game money comes into play, but your top priority should always be mastering where your time goes.

    Childhood

    Life begins when you’re assigned a random character and circumstances:

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      The first 15 years or so of life are just tutorial missions, which suck. There’s no way to skip these.

      Young adult stage

      As a young player, you’ll have lots of time and energy, but almost no experience. You’ll find most things – like the best jobs, possessions and partners – are locked until you get some.

      This is the time to level up your skills quickly. You will never have so much time and energy again.

      Now that you’re playing properly, your top priority is to assign your time as well as possible. Every single thing you do affects your state and your skills:

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        This may sound simple, but the problem is you won’t always know what tasks to choose, and your body won’t always obey your commands. Let’s break it down.

        How to obey your own commands

        Many players find that when they choose to do something – say “go to the gym” – their body ignores them completely.

        This is not a bug. Everybody has a state, which you can’t see directly, but looks something like this:

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          If your state gets too low in one area, your body will disobey your own instructions until your needs are met. Try studying when you’re exhausted and hungry, and watch your concentration switch to Twitter.

          Your willpower level is especially important. Willpower fades throughout the day, and is replenished slightly by eating, and completely by a good night’s sleep. When your willpower is low, you are only able to do things you really want to.

          Every decision you have to make costs willpower, and decisions where you have to suppress an appealing option for a less appealing one (e.g. exercise instead of watch TV) require a lot of willpower.

          There are various tricks to keep your behaviour in line:

          1. Keep your state high. If you’re hungry, exhausted, or utterly deprived of fun, your willpower will collapse. Ensure you take consistently good care of yourself.
          2. Don’t demand too much willpower from one day. Spread your most demanding tasks over multiple days, and mix them in with less demanding ones.
          3. Attempt the most important tasks first. This makes other tasks more difficult, but makes your top task more likely.
          4. Reduce the need to use willpower by reducing choices. If you’re trying to work on a computer that can access Facebook, you’ll need more willpower because you’re constantly choosing the hard task over the easy one. Eliminate such distractions.

          A key part of playing the game is balancing your competing priorities with the state of your body. Just don’t leave yourself on autopilot, or you’ll never get anything done.

          Choosing the right tasks

          Choosing the right tasks at the right time is most of the game. Some tasks mostly affect your state, e.g.

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            Others mostly affect your skills:

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              You need to put time into things that ensure a healthy state – like food and sleep – to keep your willpower high. And then you need to develop your skills with what you have left.

              Some skills are more valuable than others. Good ones can open up whole paths like a tech tree:

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                Others are dead ends:

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                  Combinations of skills are the most effective. It’s very hard to max out one skill to be the best – in fact, that’s often impossible. But it’s much easier to get pretty decent at lots of related skills that amount to something bigger, e.g.

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                      ee how psychology just helped you become both rich and attractive? You should study that.

                      Where you live

                      Your environment has a constant impact on your stats, skills, and your chances of levelling up.

                      It’s possible to play the game well almost anywhere, but it’s a lot easier in certain places. If you’re female and in the wrong country, for example, you can’t unlock many achievements.

                      The odds of anyone being born in their optimal location are virtually zero, so research your options, and consider moving early. Location is a multiplier to all of your skills and states.

                      Finding a partner

                      Attraction is a complex mini-game in itself, but mostly a byproduct of how you’re already playing. If you have excellent state and high skills, you’re far more attractive already. A tired, irritable, unskilled player is not appealing, and probably shouldn’t be looking for a relationship.

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                        Early in the game it can be common to reject and be rejected by other players. This is normal, but unfortunately it can drain your state, as most players don’t handle rejection or rejecting well. You’ll need to expend willpower to keep going, and willpower is replenished by sleep, so give it time.

                        80% of finding someone comes down to being your most attractive self, which – like so much in life – just means putting your time in the right places. If you’re exercising, socialising, well nourished and growing in your career, you will radiate attraction automatically. The remaining 20% is simply putting yourself in places where you can meet the right people.

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                        Money money money

                        Later in the game you’ll have to manage a new resource called ‘money’. Most players will find money increases throughout the early game, but that this actually introduces more problems, not less.

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                          The most important rule of money is never to borrow it, except for things that earn you more back. For example, education or a mortgage can be worthwhile (but are not necessarily so, depending on the education or the mortgage). Borrowing to buy new shoes is not.

                          Depending on your financial ambitions, here are a few strategies to bear in mind:

                          1. Not fussed about money. The low-stress strategy: simply live within your means and save a little for a rainy day. Be sure to make the best of all the time you save though, or you’ll regret it.
                          2. Well off. Choose a career and environment carefully, and be prepared to move often to move up. You’ll need to invest heavily in matching skills, which will cost you time, and be careful not to abuse your state or you’ll burn out.
                          3. Mega richStart your own business. It’s almost impossible to get rich working for someone else. Riches do not come from work alone, they come from  owning things – assets – that pay back more than they cost, and your own company is a powerful asset you can create from scratch. Compound your winnings into more assets, and eventually they can remove your need to work at all.

                          Later life

                          Your options change as the game progresses. Marriage and children will reduce your time and energy, and introduce more random elements into the game (“Emergency diaper change!”). This makes it harder to develop yourself as quickly.

                          Older characters usually have more skills, resources and experience, unlocking quests that were previously impossible, like “owning a house”, or “writing a (good) novel”.

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                            All players die after about 29,000 days, or 80 years. If your stats and skills are good, you might last a little longer. There is no cheat code to extend this.

                            At the start of the game, you had no control over who you were or your environment. By the end of the game that becomes true again. Your past decisions drastically shape where you end up, and if you’re happy, healthy, fulfilled – or not – in your final days there’s far less you can do about it.

                            That’s why your strategy is important. Because by the time most of us have figured life out, we’ve used up too much of the best parts.

                            Now you’d best get playing.

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                            Oliver Emberton is an entrepreneur, writer, programmer and artist who writes about life and how to make the most of it.

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                            Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                            100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                            100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                            Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                            By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                            Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                            83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                              84 write random letter

                                85 use a rubberband

                                  86 dorm smell bad

                                    87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                      89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                        90 take a picture of the name card

                                          91 iron inside out

                                            92 old newspaper

                                              93 tumble try shoes

                                                keep a card like this

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                                                    94 soap bar

                                                      95 make a hole

                                                        96 drop the battery

                                                          97 use a coozie

                                                            98 when taking a picture

                                                              use a clean dust pan

                                                                try a pants hanger

                                                                  use your cellphone light

                                                                    use a spring from an old pen

                                                                      quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                        user binder clips

                                                                          wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                            put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                              clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                  doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                    use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                      use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                        freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                          use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                            almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                              sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                  cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                    remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                      turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                        for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                          how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                            tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                              place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                  use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                    take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                      how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                        put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                          How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                            user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                              good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                  50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                    the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                      add one teaspoon of baking soda

                                                                                                                                        38

                                                                                                                                          hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                            stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                              the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                  the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                    use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                      to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                        user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                          a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                            rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                              use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                50

                                                                                                                                                                  51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                    52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                      rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                        kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                          use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                              59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                  hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                    Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                      hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                        use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                          if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                            keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                              If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                  use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                    use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                      do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                        when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                          dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                            put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                              75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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