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Benjamin Franklin wanted to achieve moral perfection so he wrote in a journal and marked in his journal everytime he violated one of his virtues... I believe this is one of the reasons he achieved such great success.  I want to do something similar but with the Objectivist virtues and instead of using a journal I will be using Habitica.com.

I need more examples of instances in which I can mark when I have practiced a virtue and instances I can mark when I have violated a virtue... Can you think of anymore?

Here is the list I have so far:


Doing items on my to-do list

Going to work

Going to work on time

Violations of Productivity/Purposefulness

Spending more than 30 minutes pottering around when I have better things to do

Not working on a project for more than 3 days in a row because it didn't excite me as much as it did at the beginning.


Telling the truth when it's hard

Violations of Honesty



Listening to people who deserve it

Apologizing when I have done someone wrong in some way

Disagreeing with someone who disparages views that I agree with

Violations of Justice

Remaining silent when someone disparages my views


Paying my bills

Looking at my bank account

Violations of independence

Buying something I can't afford


I can't think of any unique example for rationality and integrity, since rationality and integrity  encompasses every example I just listed.  Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Edited by dadmonson

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Rationality is embedded in creating the approach. (Could be one of the items on your to-do list for a term.) The Franklin Planner approach recommends starting each day with a block of time for Planning and Solitude, a time to reflect on what is on the to-do/appointment lists, what should be on the lists, what on the lists might need to be reconsidered or reallocated to a different day, etc.

The to-do/appointment distinction is to separate established/scheduled time commitments with others from to-do preparation for a particular appointment. If a to-do is not complete, it may convert to rescheduling an appointment to ensure it is properly prepared for.

Planning and Solitude is a time to look at, for instance, Honesty/Violations thereof. Honesty does not involve telling the thief where the silverware is hidden. Dishonest does not include lying to protect the innocent. Further reflection integrates new understandings and considerations into the framework of the overall goal of developing moral perfection (integrity).


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23 hours ago, dadmonson said:


Integrate everything you do into a seamless whole. David Allen's GTD methodology is a great way to do this. Amy Peikoff did an interview with Dave Allen, if you're interested you can listen to it here.

Always set specific work goals,  such as: 'I want to find out how to do X in less time and with better results'.

23 hours ago, dadmonson said:


Not lying to yourself about where you are in relation to your goals. If applicable, don't be afraid to say 'I'm not where I want to be', or 'I have a long way to go'.

Don't pretend to like things that you don't. For example, if a friend wants to discuss a movie you dislike, simply tell him that it's not your kind of thing, and change the topic. 

23 hours ago, dadmonson said:


Strive to achieve a real understanding of the principles that you practice regularly, even if they were learned from other people. You can't make full use of a piece of information unless you know exactly what it refers to and why it's true.

23 hours ago, dadmonson said:


Form principles for your work, your romantic life, your thinking etc. and follow them. This virtue refers to all principles, not just moral ones. Check this post to learn how to form good principles.

Stick to rational principles, even when it's hard. Weakness of will is weakness of vision; if you don't feel like respecting a principle that you know is true, remind yourself of the consequences that will follow if you break it. "I'm not brave enough to be a coward" - Ayn Rand


Don't create unearned guilt by blaming yourself for unintentional mistakes. Learn from them & move on.

The Ben Franklin exercise that you mentioned.

Seek the best in anything. Make a list of values (work, love, art, food, health etc.) and go over it daily/weekly. As yourself, 'how can I improve the quality of this area?'. In art, it might mean creating a reading list or a watchlist. In love, picking out some special lingerie for your kindred soul. In health, choosing to use the stairs instead of the elevator.

Edited by KyaryPamyu

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