I've been thinking more about conscientiousness recently. Part of it was this Gwern essay, Conscientiousness and Online Education. (Gwern is one of my favorite internet writers; if you haven't checked out his stuff, it's highly recommended.)
Gwern observes that conscientiousness is loaded chock-full of positive life correlates, including lifetime earnings, education, happiness, longevity, and so on. He also hints at ways to increase it -- "there is weak evidence that Conscientiousness can be improved by trying harder tasks. (There is an irony here - it's hard tedious work to develop the ability to do hard tedious work, so how does one start?)"
Well, I have a few ideas on how to start. They are presented in the form of a "choose-your-own-adventure"!
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Do you want to increase your conscientiousness?