What Should You Do With Your Life? [Link List]

80,000 Hours-Perhaps the gold standard for high-impact career advice right now. “Make the right career choices, and you can help solve the world’s most pressing problems, as well as have a more rewarding, interesting life.”

Y Combinator’s Requests for Startups- “Many of the best ideas we’ve funded were ones that surprised us, not ones we were waiting for. There are, however, some startups that we’re very interested in seeing founders apply with.”

Alexey Guzey’s Link List- Very similar idea as this, with more links.

EA Take Action– “New to EA and figuring out where to start? Long-timer looking for new things to do? Here’s our guide to what to do next.”

Productivity Link List

Alexey Guzey’s Concise Thoughts on Productivity -A great place to start if you feel like you are not at peak productivity.

The Most Dangerous Writing App-“Don’t stop typing, or all progress will be lost.” This is a great tool to break through writing barriers and force yourself to make progress. Hemingway and Grammarly can also help you write better!

Last Pass -Logging in to websites quickly while maintaining secure passwords can be a huge time waster. Last Pass is a solution that I personally trust and Harvard does too. I just use a separate randomly-generated passphrase and a different two-factor authentication system for my email to spread my risk.

Rescue Time-There are so many distractions available today, such important work to do, and so little time. This app can help you track how you actually use your time so you can better hold yourself accountable for how you spend your time.

WorkFlowy -“WorkFlowy is a single document that can contain infinite documents inside it. It’s a more powerful, easier way to organize all the information in your life.” Some people swear by this, but personally, I prefer Standard Notes, as seen below.

Standard Notes– If WorkFlowy is not your thing or you want an encrypted alternative, Standard Notes seems to be the best option out there.D

Effective Self-Care Link List

BLUF: A periodically-updated consortium of links relating to improving one’s well-being and personal life.


James Clear– I’m partially allergic to the term “self-improvement”, which often just consists of the same not-even-wrong platitudes regurgitated repeatedly, but James actually has a bunch of decent, concise articles that I appreciate every so often.

How to Survive Being Attacked by Nuclear Missiles, in 60 Seconds– Good, concise advice.

NutritionFacts.org– Given all the problems and conflicting advice in nutrition science, I think most of us still have plenty of doubts about what constitutes a healthy diet. I am no expert, but I was obsessed about nutrition for a few months about 4 years ago, and I ended up trusting him and his website more than anyone else.

EFF Surveillance Self-Defense– If one can’t trust the Electronic Frontier Foundation, I am not sure who they can trust as a source for information about digital security. This is a good list of many topics relating to infosec.

Rationality+Science+Economics Link List

Center for Applied Rationality – reading list recommended by CFAR.

Overcoming Bias -A blog primarily written by famous economist Robin Hanson.  This guy invented prediction markets, and he has a lot of interesting things to say.

Alexander Kruel’s Link List -Alex posts about 10 links a day on a wide variety of scientific topics.  I don’t know how he finds such a wide variety of novel articles, but I appreciate his efforts.

Twelve Virtues of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky.  This short essay does a remarkable job at synthesizing many of the components of rationality.

Marginal Revolution -one of the best economics blogs on the web.

EA Link List

EA Handbook  -A solid, moderate-depth introduction to the ideas surrounding effective altruism.

Global Priorities Institute Research Agenda -A detailed, formal account of progress that has been made in the field of cause prioritization.

nickbostrom.com– Nick is a brilliant Oxford Philosopher with dozens of fascinating essays on important topics.  To my knowledge, he basically started the new field of study of existential risk.

robwiblin.com -Rob Wiblin is a leader in effective altruism and has a great assortment of links on his site.

80,000 Hours – In-depth guidance on making the right career choices to help solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Effective Thesis -A collection of high-impact thesis topics that one could pursue.

Foundational Research Institute– A think tank focusing on mitigating extreme far-future suffering.  Amazingly, they are making progress and their papers on extremely interesting.

EA Global Talks -a number of lectures and talks from past EA global conferences.

EA Personal Blogs– A collection of personal blogs of effective altruists