Notes on Tim Ferriss’ article about Suicide

Notes on Tim Ferriss’ article Some Practical Thoughts on Suicide.


  1. Get discovered by mom.  Feel ridiculously guilty.
  2. Focus on body (can drop everything else).  May take only a month to life feeling manageable.


  • Your mind has blown things out of proportion.

Tim’s List:

  1. 1-800-273-8255
  2. It would destroy other people.
  3. Zero evidence that the afterlife isn’t worse.

Tim’s Friends’ List:

  1. Make a non-suicide vow to someone important to you.

Daily Prevention Habits:

  1. Wake up hour before computer screen.
  2. Sit with tea and pen and paper.  Write 3-5 things that make you most anxious.  Hint: see your to-do list for important things you avoid.  Ask for each:
    – “If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?” – “Will moving this forward make all the other to-do’s unimportant or easier to knock off later?”
    Save one block of 2-3 hours to focus on ONE of those things.
  3. Physically move your body outside for at least 20 minutes each day.
  4. Avoid blood sugar fluctuation by eating slow-carbs, fat, protein.
  5. At least one group dinner with at least 3 friends each week, scheduled by EOD Monday.
  6. Call someone each day and express gratitude.  Consider a neglected contact.  Short text or voice messages are acceptable.

Don’t overestimate the world and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think. – Tim Ferriss